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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Viña Zorzal Cuatro del Cuatro is a tribute to our father, Antonio, the man who created our 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. Very limited production from 40-year-old vines in Corella. 2019 was a historic vintage. The grapes were picked with an impeccable sanitary state, with pH lower than normal. Despite being a dry vintage, the rainy days were very well distributed and the vineyard did not suffer water stress. During the harvest, the temperatures were very mild, and this helped even more to that sanitary state that has impressed so much. As a negative point, a considerable production reduction compared to the previous year. Hand harvesting of the best bunches of the Corella Graciano in 8kg crates. Alcoholic fermentation, with native yeasts, in 500 litre French, oak barrels. Malolactic fermentation and ageing for 12 months in two-year old, 300 litre French, oak barrels. Gentle clarification and filtration without stabilization. Clear, bright, mid-intensity garnet colour 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 flavours 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. Serve at 14-16ºC.

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