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Familia Zuccardi Emma 2012 750ml
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Familia Zuccardi Emma Bonarda 2012

Santa Rosa - Mendoza - Cuyo - Argentina

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Rated 91 by Robert Parker
The 2012 Emma Zuccardi Bonarda, named after Sebastian’s grandmother, is a blend from different zones (63% from the traditional lower-altitude vineyards in Santa Rosa, 7% from La Consulta, and the remaining 30% from a vineyard planted at 1,400 meters in San Jose in the Uco Valley), all fermented in cement vats without epoxy. I tasted the three components of the 2013 version of this wine and the different character each place imparts on the wine is awesome. Santa Rosa is 700 meters above sea level on sandy soils, a typical place for Bonarda as the cycle of the grape is extended. Altamira is at 1,100 meters altitude and San Jose at 1,400 meters. 2013 is a year to look forward to. In 2012, only 7% of the wine was aged in oak, and the rest matured in cement vats and cement eggs. This deep, bright purple wine has a very expressive nose of flowers, ripe plums and black pepper that is very pure and already complex. The palate is medium-bodied, with velvety tannins and juicy fruit, Only 7,000 bottles were produced. This wine shows were Bonarda can go. A wine of strong personality that is very good with food. Super! Drink now-2018.
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Vintage: 2012

2012 has, so far been a positive year for wineries around the world. While it may be a little too early to speak of the wines being made in the northern hemisphere, European and North American wineries have already begun reporting that their harvesting season has been generally very good, and are predicting to continue with the kind of successes they saw in 2011. However, 2012 has been something of a late year for France, due to unpredictable weather throughout the summer, and the grapes were ripening considerably later than they did in 2011 (which was, admittedly, an exceptionally early year). French wineries are claiming, though, that this could well turn out to be advantageous, as the slow ripening will allow the resulting wines to express more flavour and features of the terroir they are grown in. The southern hemisphere has seen ideal climatic conditions in most of the key wine producing countries, and Australia and New Zealand particularly had a superb year, in particular with the Bordeaux varietal grapes that grow there and which love the humidity these countries received plenty of. Also enjoying a fantastic year for weather were wineries across Argentina and Chile, with the Mendoza region claiming that 2012 will be one of their best vintages of the past decade. Similar claims are being made across the Chilean wine regions, where Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon had an especially good year. These two grape varietals also produced characterful wines on the coastal regions of South Africa this year.

Region: Cuyo

Argentina's Cuyo region has, for several decades now, been renowned worldwide for the high quality of its fruit-forward and remarkably flavorful wines. The arid region includes such famous provinces as the Mendoza, and wineries in Cuyo often have generations of experience when it comes to making the most of the mineral rich yet arid soils which typify the mountainous landscape. The Desaguadero River and its tributaries form many natural valleys through the Cuyo region, and as such, irrigation has long since provided the dry and dusty vineyard with a fertile and crystal-clear water source, straight from the snowy peaks of the nearby Andes. Although Malbec is the grape varietal most commonly associated with Cuyo, wineries continue to experiment with other varietals there, and the wine industry of Cuyo in Argentina continues to go from strength to strength.

Country: Argentina

In the dry, arid deserts of Argentina, wineries and winemakers are focusing their efforts on producing high quality wines for the world market. By experimenting with both traditional and modern methods and technologies, they have found great success with a wide variety of grapes well suited to the conditions of the country, particularly Malbec, Bonarda and Cabernet Sauvignon. Over the past decade, Argentinian wineries have continued to aim high, and this has led to a range of new wines using grape varietals not typically associated with the country. The cooler regions of Argentina are seeing more vineyards being planted with Cabernet Franc and Pinot Noir varietals, something that is beginning to produce fantastic results, which are at once representative of the country's wines - with all their fruity and bold character - but are also pushing the boundaries of what we expect from a New World country.