Luca Malbec 2016
Laura Catena, daughter of Argentine wine pioneer Nicolás Catena, is fulfilling her vision of creating a new breed of Argentine wines: small quantities, artisan quality, and true to their individual terroirs. She starts with some of Argentina’s best fruit from low-yield, high elevation vineyards. State-of-the-art winemaking 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.
|Region||Argentina, Uco Valley|
Wine EnthusiastPure berry and cassis aromas are concentrated and show no holes. This Uco Valley Malbec feels pure, direct and linear, albeit with slightly scratchy tannins that should dissipate in due time. Blackberry and dry spice flavors finish full and grabby, with muscularity. Drink through 2028.
Wine AdvocateThe regular Malbec now shows the age of the vines on the label-Old Vine Malbec-even though they are the same vines that have always been used in the past. The 2016 Old Vine Malbec was produced with grapes from vines in different parts of the Valle de Uco, Gualtallary and La Consulta. This is also quite oaky with plenty of sweet spices and some creaminess.