COUNTRY/REGION: Argentina/Paraje Altamira, Uco Valley.
GRAPES: 100% Malbec.
The 2019 Polígonos Paraje Altamira Malbec is superb. It comes from vines at 1,100 meters in altitude and is somewhere between San Pablo (the lightest) and Gualtallary (the most structured). There's a little more ripeness here, and there are red and blue fruits and less herbal notes. In a way, it's a more classical Malbec, less showy in the nose but with a very interesting palate, juicy and very sapid, almost salty. 19,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in August 2020.
Aluvional is Zuccardi's village range, Altamira is the "paraje" or zone/quarter within the village, something larger than a vineyard, and then there is the single-vineyard range, being more precise in the origin of the grape as you go up in the hierarchy, a little in the Burgundy style. But in the single-vineyard Finca Piedra Infinita, they also have plots, Supercal and Gravascal, like the lieux-dits in a crus. They even use "lugar dicho," which is the Spanish translation for "lieu-dit."
2017 was a warmer year and they harvested very quickly and were guided by the soil differentiation. Some wines can be as fresh as in 2018! 2018 is closed, a young vintage with a sharp and austere profile - Luis Gutiérrez, The Wine Advocate, 31st Mar 2021.