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Alambrado Pinot Noir 2018
Mendoza, Argentina

The Lodger (1927)
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The concentrated and vibrant fruit flavors of this Pinot Noir are matched by Alfred Hitchcock’s third feature, a bona fide masterpiece of the late silent era. Ivor Novello – already then famous as a playwright and composer – stars as a mysterious new tenant at a London boarding house who is suspected of being the famous killer, Jack the Ripper. Hitchcock’s unique take on the material plays up the tension and suspense, along with some striking visual touches – all elements that he would continue to utilize throughout his career.

THE WINE

The Zuccardi family’s Alambrado range features many of our most popular Argentine wines, and we’re thrilled to present the first-ever Alambrado Pinot Noir. They crafted it with grapes grown in Mendoza’s premium Uco Valley, where high altitudes (roughly 5,000 feet above sea level) produce seriously fresh, concentrated fruit. It has everything Pinot Noir fans crave: ripe, red-fruit flavors, refreshing acidity, and silky-smooth tannins. Like the Zuccardis’ other world-class wines, Alambrado Pinot will impress on its own or with food (see over for our top pairings).

THE FAMILY

Zuccardi is “one of the top names in Argentine wine,” writes The Wine Advocate. The family has made quality wine in Mendoza since 1963, when Alberto Zuccardi first opened his bodega. Today, the estate is run by Alberto’s son José and grandson Sebastián. Decanter ranked Sebastián No. 1 on its “Top 10” list of South American winemakers, and has declared all three men “among the five most influential personalities in Argentine wine.”

THE GRAPE

VY_Argentina_Zuccardi_ParralThe thin-skinned Pinot Noir grape is notoriously difficult to grow. It ripens early and thrives in cool climates (which really help to draw out all of the grape’s charming finesse). While its spiritual homeland is the Côte d’Or in France’s Burgundy, it has found a delicious new character in cooler corners of New Zealand, California, and even Argentina – all of which are producing world-class Pinots.

WITH FOOD

turk_turkeyonplatterWith its vibrant, red-fruit flavors and silky palate, Alambrado makes a lovely aperitif for red-wine-only guests. It will also be delicious with a variety of foods. Enjoy it with meaty fish like plank-grilled salmon or swordfish steaks. You could also pair it with roasted poultry (chicken, turkey, or duck) or hearty vegetarian dishes like tomatosauced pastas or quinoa-stuffed eggplant.

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