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Zorzal Garnacha Malayeto 2021

The 2021 Zorzal Garnacha Malayeto is an absolute must-have for any wine enthusiast looking to explore the epitome of terroir-driven excellence. Sourced from the ancient, 40-year-old vines nestled at the base of the mountains in Fitero, Navarra, this Garnacha showcases the unique character of its rocky, limestone-rich soils. Master of Wine and critic, Tim Atkin wine, awarded it an uber-rare 97 points, praising its elegant and precise structure that doesn’t compromise on intensity.

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97 Points, Tim Atkin
This Garnacha is part of Zorzal’s series of terroir-focused wines. Coming from Fitero, a village at the base of the mountains in the south of Navarra that separate the region from La Rioja, the 40-year-old vines are grown at 520m on rocky soils on limestone and clay. The wine is defined by an elegant and precise structure but does not lack any intensity with blackberry fruit, black pepper and a little mint. With just enough tannic grip, it is profound yet full of energy and drive.

94 Points, Wine Advocate
A longtime favorite of mine and still a bargain, the 2021 Malayeto is always one of the most elegant and finest wines from Zorzal. It comes from 2.39 hectares of vines that are now 43 years old, planted at 520 meters altitude on limestone-rich soils in the village of Fitero, on the same slope as their Corral de los Altos. It fermented in a combination of stainless steel and concrete and matures in 12 used 500-liter barrels and one 4,000 liter oak foudre for a year. It has 13.5% alcohol and is medium-bodied with great balance, finesse, freshness and acidity. It has good depth a sense of good ripeness (even riper than Corral de los Altos this year!). There is a great consistency in this vineyard and this wine is serious, precise and long.

This is not the first time I’ve featured a wine from Viña Zorzal and there’s no shot it’s my last either. The Wine Advocate called them “one of the most dynamic projects in Navarra” but that doesn’t even begin to cover it. The value of these wines is insane. This was when they were making 92-point, under $15/bottles of Garnacha. But a $20 Garnacha with a 97-point review and a rave 94-point review from Parker’s Wine Advocate?! That just doesn’t happen.

The 2021 Zorzal Garnacha Malayeto is an absolute must-have for any wine enthusiast looking to explore the epitome of terroir-driven excellence. Sourced from the ancient, 40-year-old vines nestled at the base of the mountains in Fitero, Navarra, this Garnacha showcases the unique character of its rocky, limestone-rich soils. Master of Wine and critic, Tim Atkin wine, awarded it an uber-rare 97 points, praising its elegant and precise structure that doesn’t compromise on intensity.

Imagine sipping on a wine bursting with blackberry fruit, hints of black pepper, and a touch of mint, all wrapped in a profound yet energetic package with an endless finish. The combination is crazy; it’s a sensory experience that stands out in any collection.

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