2014 Luca Malbec

Year: 2014
Appellation: Uco Valley, Mendoza
Country: Argentina
Wine Spectator: 88
Wine Advocate: 93
Vinous Media: 90
James Suckling: 93
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
Price :
$24.95

"Redolent of red currant and black licorice, this red is quite crisp and backed by firm acidity. Mineral and tar notes show on the zesty finish. Drink now through 2018. 7,000 cases imported. –KM " (WS)

"From new plantings in Gualtallary, the 2014 Malbec has increased the proportion of fruit coming from this cool place to make it approximately a 50/50 blend of Malbec fruit from Gualtallary and La Consulta, both in the Valle de Uco. There is a big jump in precision and harmony along with more freshness and elegance. The expansive palate has great depth and fruit with very good freshness. This could well be the best vintage of Luca Malbec and I think the best might be yet to come, as the new vineyard matures... 90,000 bottles were produced." (WA)

"(the percentage of new oak for this cuvée has been reduced to 35%): Saturated medium ruby. Brooding aromas of blackberry, licorice and bitter chocolate, plus a minty nuance. Juicy black fruit, espresso and spice flavors are complemented by sexy oak tones and lifted by a violet element. Conveys a light touch but also has good density for the year; better-balanced than the 2013. Firmly tannic but not dry, finishing with a note of menthol." (VM)

"A rich and fresh red with dried berry, milk chocolate, spice and walnut. Full body, velvety tannins and a savory finish. From old vines in Consulta. Drink now or hold." (JS)

Winery Notes:
The Story:
Luca was born out of Laura Catena’s vision of creating a new breed of Argentine wines: small quantities, artisan quality, and true to their individual terroirs. She is a pioneer in Mendoza for working closely with small growers to grow very high quality grapes from some of Argentina’s best low-yield, high elevation vineyards. State-of-the-art winemak- ing and oak aging (primarily French) elevate the wines to a quality level demanded by true wine connoisseurs. The final varietal blends deliver power along with complexity and finesse. They are the ultimate expression of rigorous vineyard management, viticultural experimentation, strict irrigation controls, skilled winemaking, and a quest for quality at any cost. Luca is named after Laura Catena’s son. The family crest (the McDermott family) that appears in the label’s background is that of Laura’s husband, Dan.

Tasting Notes & Food Pairing Suggestions:
This is a great example of Mendoza Malbec. Incredible color-you could use it in an inkwell! Loads of spice and black cherry cola aromas with notes of cocoa. The berry flavors really pop on the palate as the wine has both good depth and very lively acidity that leads to an incredibly long finish. A bottom note of freshly brewed espresso keeps the mouth watering too. Pairs well with foods such as venison or wild game, steak, pork, quail, all types of lamb, and medium-strong cheeses.