2009 Luca Pinot Noir "G" Lot

Year: 2009
Appellation: Mendoza
Country: Argentina
Wine Spectator: 88
Wine Advocate: 93
Vinous Media: 88
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
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"A rounded, polished style, featuring supple red and black cherry fruit woven with hints of licorice snap and fruitcake. This has a slightly high-toned finish. Drink now. 1,000 cases imported. " (WS)

"Catena has again hit a home run with her 2009 Pinot Noir G Lot (as she did in 2006, 2007, and 2008). There is very little Pinot Noir in Mendoza (Patagonia is the principal hope for Argentina Pinot Noir) so this streak is particularly impressive. The grapes are sourced from a relatively young vineyard at 4700 feet of elevation. The wine was aged for 12 months in 30% new oak and bottled without fining or filtration. Medium ruby in color, it offers up an alluring bouquet of cherry blossom, strawberry, raspberry, smoke, and incense. Velvety-textured with silky, layered fruit, complex flavors, and a lingering finish, this superb value (for Pinot Noir) will provide pleasure for another 6-8 years if not longer.

Luca is the personal project of Renaissance woman Laura Catena, M.D." (WA)

"Medium bright red. Reduced aromas of smoky red fruits. Supple, suave and sweet, but with a bit less definition than the 2008 at the same stage. Finishes with sweet, dusty tannins and a suggestion of underbrush. One of a relatively small number of Argentina pinots that tastes like pinot." (IWC)

Winery Notes:
Beautiful garnet color with aromas of wild strawberries, saddle leather and cola root. A complex Pinot with notes of leather, spice, and cherry/raspberry confiture on the palate. Amazing aroma and finishes with an enjoyable Burgundian bent. Pairs well with foods such as lamb chops, grilled salmon, roasted duck or chicken, and game birds. Pinot lovers may just go ahead and drink it all by itself!