Cuatro del Cuatro 2019

Cuatro del Cuatro 2019

94 Points by The Wine Advocate

Grape: Graciano
Alcohol: 13.5% abv
Type: Dry Red
Vintage: 2019
Format: 75cl
Designation: Navarra DO
Sub-Region: Ribera Baja
Country: Spain

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Description

The Founder

Viña Zorzal Cuatro del Cuatro is a tribute to our father, Antonio, the man who created the Zorzal Brand. A singular wine which embodies the character, identity and expression of the Graciano grape: a varietal that fascinated Sanz throughout his life.

The wine is an attempt to transmit all the power and passion that has driven Viña Zorzal throughout the years.

Navarra DO

Navarra is a wine region in northern Spain, known for its diverse and high-quality wines. It is situated in the Ebro River basin, south of the Pyrenees Mountains, and shares borders with France to the northeast. The region has a rich history of winemaking, with evidence of vine cultivation dating back to the Roman era. Very limited production from 45-year-old vines in Corella.

Terroir & Innovation

The region’s diverse geography, which includes plains, valleys, and mountains, contributes to the variety of wines produced. Different microclimates and soil types create ideal conditions for growing various grape varieties.

Navarra has a balance of traditional winemaking practices and a willingness to experiment with modern techniques. This combination allows winemakers to create wines that reflect both the region’s heritage and contemporary trends.

Vintage

It is a complex vintage, marked by a spring with higher temperatures than normal and above all, with very high relative humidity for a long time so there was a high risk for fungi attack such as mildew, which needs very specific conditions for their development. In our case, the early strategy worked very well, there was an extra effort in the vineyard management, It was a year of being very aware in the vineyard every day with the final result of a very fresh and good vintage.

Vinification

Hand harvesting the best bunches of the Corella Graciano in 8kg crates. Alcoholic fermentation, with native yeasts, in 500 liter French, oak barrels. Malolactic fermentation and aging for 12 months in two-year old, 300 liter French, oak barrels. Gentle clarification and filtration without stabilization.

Wine

Clear, bright, mid-intensity garnet color with an intense forest fruit and red fruit aromas with hints of earthiness and spice. Palate is dry and fresh with marked acidity. Broad and balanced, full and meaty with flavors of forest fruit and spice, some attractive bitterness and green notes, characteristic of this grape variety.

A wine with minerality and distinctive character. Persistent on the palate. Pairs well with meaty pies, pastas, pulses, cured meats and charcuterie and any type of grilled meat. 

Ideal serving temperature 16ºC.