2008 Luca Chardonnay Altos de Mendoza

Year: 2008
Appellation: Mendoza
Country: Argentina
Wine Advocate: 93
Vinous Media: 91
White Wine
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"The 2008 Chardonnay spent 12 months in 30% new French oak-aged sur lies before bottling without filtration. It has an alluring bouquet of toasty oak, baking spices, mineral, and tropical notes. This leads to a creamy textured, round, spicy Chardonnay with tons of flavor, excellent concentration, impeccable balance, and a length, pure finish. Drink it over the next 4-5 years.

Luca is the personal project of Laura Catena, M.D., daughter of Argentina pioneer Nicolas Catena. The Chardonnay, since its inception, has always over-delivered, offering competition to the likes of Kistler, Peter Michael, and Aubert at less than half the price." (WA)

"($33) Bright yellow with straw and green highlights. Musky, leesy aromas of pear, peach and minerals. Broad, layered and peachy, with noteworthy depth of flavor and a restrained sweetness. Best today on the ripe, long, smooth finish. Very satisfying chardonnay." (IWC)

Winery Notes:
Beautiful pale-gold color with enticing aromas of lemon creme, baking spices and some tropical notes. The aromas carry through to the palate, and are joined by hints of tropical fruit, spiced baked pear, and a stony/mineral flavor that creates a stylish wine that seems part New and part Old World. Finishes long with just a kiss of oak. This Chard has a lot of flavor, but manages never to lose its balance. Pairs well with most fish, lobster, crab, chicken, and even many pork preparations. Particularly recommended with dishes using sauteed wild mushrooms or butter sauces.