2010 Luca Malbec

Year: 2010
Appellation: Uco Valley, Mendoza
Country: Argentina
Wine Spectator: 88
Wine Advocate: 93
Vinous Media: 91
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
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"A forward, jammy red, with layers of blueberry, blackberry and plum notes that pick up hints of smoke, graphite and mocha on the round finish. Drink now. 3,500 cases imported." (WS)

"The 2010 Malbec (100%) was sourced from 46-year-old vines and spent 16 months in 60% new French oak. It offers up an inviting nose of exotic spices, incense, cherry cola, wood smoke, and black cherry. On the palate it opens to reveal a plush, moderately structured Malbec that will benefit from another 2-3 years of bottle age. Drink this lengthy, seamless effort from 2013 to 2022.

The Luca label is owned by Laura Catena." (WA)

"Good ruby-red. Crushed dark berries and chocolatey oak on the nose, lifted by a mineral element. Sweet, velvety and inviting, with harmonious acidity and underlying minerality enlivening the dark berry, coffee bean and chocolate flavors. Very rich and sweet without being too much. Still, I'd drink this very showy wine on the young side." (IWC)

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.