Sebastián Zuccardi was always inspired by his grandfather’s nerve and innovative spirit. “Tito” Zuccardi, the grandfather and founder of Bodegas Zuccardi in Mendoza, used to tell his grandson that “in the search for things that are worthwhile, you have to experiment, break boundaries.” In line with his grandfather’s inspiration, “Tito” became the label of Sebastian’s latest wine adventure. The first year (2010) is a blend of Malbec (70%), Cabernet Sauvignon (20%), Caladoc –a cross between Malbec y Garnacha- (8%), and Chardonnay (2%).

“Tito” is made with grapes from one of the key family vineyards located in La Consulta, South of Valle de Uco. It is in this vineyard where Sebastian decided to dig and focus in a deep soil research. The idea is to better respect the sense of origin of each wine, in other words, to ensure that the grapes, and finally the wine, mirror the place where they come from. “Tito” 2010 is a reflection of both grandfather’s commitment to innovation and grandson’s compromise with the idea of terroir.

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The story of the original Tito, the grandfather, says that he stumbled upon winemaking almost by accident. From an Italian immigrant family, he owned a construction company in Mendoza. One day he understood that he needed to develop an irrigation system for his small farm. He succeeded in designing the irrigation system and ended up founding a bodega. Sebastian believes that his grandfather’s fortuitous arrival into winemaking gave him more freedom: “He was not an agronomist or anything like that, so he felt free to experiment and innovate.”

Throughout the conversation, Sebastian weaves stories that slowly paint a picture of the wine. “The character of this wine is very open. That is why we incorporated the Caladoc, a grape that my father brought to Argentina and planted in La Consulta. The making of this wine was very careful and deliberate, with steps very similar to winemaking of the past, such as the use of concrete recipients instead of steel tanks,” he describes.

The distinct character of the Tito 2010 is marked by several key elements. The 2% of Chardonnay, for example, adds a deliberate sophistication in the nose. The fermentation of 30% Malbec in skin contact contributes to the wine’s complexity. The aging is also very special, as the wine spends 24 months in French oak of first, second, and third use. “The idea is that all of this expresses the place where the grapes come from, and that the wine can have complexity and freshness at the same time,” Sebastian recaps.

Tito 2010 has very good structure, with a gentle start, complexity, and body. It has significant storage potential, even up to 2020. It has a well-defined bouquet, composed of black berries and some spices. In the mouth, it is pleasant with a fresh and persistent finish.
The end result is a wine that will surely make history. Sebastian says that such a result can only be achieved with experimentation and deliberate search for delicacy. This wine, he concludes, is like “the process through which a pendulum looks for the precise place where it will stay forever.”