2019 Zorzal "Terroir Unico" Pinot Noir Tupungato Valley

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There’s a lot of excitement in Mendoza’s Uco Valley, where high altitude, calcareous soils in the foothills of the Andes are offering up wines with refreshing acidity. Particularly in the unique mountain climate of Gualtallary in Tupungato, which was first planted to vine in the early 1990s, having previously been considered too cold to grow grapes. In 2007, the Michelini brothers (Gerardo, Matías, and Juan Pablo) founded Zorzal and have led the charge by harvesting earlier than other growers, bucking the trend of overblown ripeness often seen in Argentinian wines. Juan Pablo Michelini and Noelia Juri are making the wine at Zorzal these days, though the Michelini family has its hands in projects all over the region. The “Terroir Unico” pinot noir comes from a single vineyard that sits 4,264 feet above sea level— unoaked and transparent, it offers a brilliant snapshot of this singular terroir. Enjoy with something simple and earthy like garlicky mushrooms over creamy polenta.

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