Drink + Dine + Learn
Join us for this very special Tempranillo event
When: November 3rd 4pm – 7pm
Where: /pôr/ wine house | 701 A Main St Louisville, CO 80027
Tickets: $70 per person / $130 per couple
You are cordially invited to join us for a four-course wine dinner featuring an assortment of Malbecs from the Zuccardi Vineyards.
4 courses, 4 wines, 1 incredible experience.
This 4-course dinner experience will feature 3 wines from the Malbec Grape and an additional dessert wine. The menu will be prepared and paired by our culinary team to highlight the natural flavors of our premium wine selection.
/por/ wine house is featuring the 6th in a series of the 18 Noble Grapes with Malbec.
Malbec – PART 6 of 18
If you’ve never had Malbec, or have only tried it in isolated circumstances, this event will quickly bring you up to speed and reveal a few tips about the often undiscovered varietal.
Familia Zuccardi has been wine in Mendoza since 1963, and with 3rd generation Sebastian overseeing winemaking, they are pushing Malbec to dizzying new heights – both literally and figuratively! The Zuccardis make wine at the very highest altitudes in Mendoza, and have continually scaled back the use of new oak in order to showcase pure differences in soil, altitude and climate. At the same time, they have elevated the Malbec grape to the level of the great fine wines of the world.
Zuccardi is a family winery founded in 1963 by engineer Alberto Zuccardi. In those times, he began planting vines in Maipú (province of Mendoza), experimenting with an irrigation system of his own creation based on a method used in California. Forty five years later, there are three generations of Zuccardis involved with viticulture, winemaking, and more recently, high-end olive oil production. In September 2007, José and Sebastián were recognized two of the five most influential personalities of Argentine Wine by Decanter Magazine.
This month, we are featuring three of Zuccardi’s Malbecs, each with a very different flavor profile and texture.
Q SERIES Malbec: Some of you may remember the Zuccardi Q Tempranillo from our September focus. This is the “premium” tier of their wines that typically sells for about $18 in stores. The Q line is made up of very high quality grapes from old vines – up to 40 years old – and comes from a selection of Malbec from two of the subzones of the Uco Valley, Vista Flores and La Consulta.
The wine is fermented with indigenous yeast to let the grapes express their natural flavors. This wine is aged in a combination of concrete and oak barrels.
COLOR: Deep purple color, with bluish hues. AROMA: Intense red fruits and floral aromas, such as rose and violet with other herbal notes. FLAVOR: Soft and silky entry. Great structure with acidity that provides freshness and mineral texture. Long finish.
CONCRETO Malbec: The Concreto Malbec is the first wine made by the Zuccardis that is completely unoaked. None of the oak flavors in the wine means a purer expression of the grape. This wine shows spice and herbal notes that you almost never find in Malbec.
TASTING NOTES FROM SEBASTIAN! COLOR: Red with violet hues. AROMA: It expresses a great herbal character with notes of red fruits, such as strawberry, cherry and plum. These are complemented by distinctive mineral notes. FLAVOR: In the mouth is prolonged and deep. Concentrated but not heavy. A wine of grand structure and acidity.
“Young Sebastián Zuccardi is relentlessly searching for cool-climate places … and the pure expression of the grape without any make-up as you can see in the new unoaked bottling Concreto. One of the top names from Argentine wine.” – Luis Gutierrez, erobertparker.com
POLIGONOS Malbec: San Pablo subzone In Mendoza, it’s all about soils. This is true everywhere in the wine growing world, but the thing about Mendoza is that the soil types vary wildly within the same geographic area. Meaning that there aren’t necessarily geographic features that would indicate a change in soil type. The Zuccardis undertook a massive project to understand their soils better, using ultrasound and other sophisticated technologies, and this has resulted in the Poligonos series. Each polygon represents one unique soil type. This may seem obsessive, but the Zuccardis are by nature obsessively interested in making the very best and unique wines possible.
“Concentrated black-fruit aromas are dark and meaty. A tight, pure, sinewy body is home to lightly salty flavors of plum, blackberry and natural spices. A direct focused finish is what Zuccardi is seeking from Poligonos, a line of cement-made wines with zero oak. This one hails from San Pablo, one of the highest vineyard areas in the Uco Valley. Drink through 2026.” -Wine Enthusiast
We hope to see you there!