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LUCA 11 MALBEC
Item: #380278
Bottle Size: 750ML
WA: 92
$28.95
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LUCA 2011 MALBEC

WINE ADVOCATE 92 POINTS - "The 2011 Luca Malbec comes from three vineyards in the Uco Valley in Altamira, La Consulta and Gualtallary that have an average age of 46 years. It is aged for 16 months in French oak (60% new). It has a floral bouquet of wild strawberry, raspberry, rhubarb and a touch of Hoi Sin that is well-defined. The palate is medium-bodied with fine, dry tannins on the entry that lend this Malbec a "classic" feel. It is very well-balanced and harmonious, with light strawberry, balsamic and pomegranate notes on the minerally finish. This is a superb Malbec."

INTERNATIONAL WINE CELLAR 91 POINTS - "Full bright ruby. Sexy aromas of blackberry, black raspberry, cassis and violet, plus a hint of caramel oak. Dense, creamy and concentrated; in a sweet style but nicely integrated acidity gives it balance. Finishes with tooth-saturating tannins, a hint of torrefaction and sneaky length. I'd drink this one before the Beso de Dante owing to its early sweetness."

A tireless, energetic force, Laura Catena wears a multitude of hats; so many so, it is almost dizzying. She serves as president and wine consultant to her fatherís company, Bodegas Catena Zapata, thereby creating and approving the blends for the Catena, Catena Alta and Catena Zapata labels; is an emergency room surgeon in San Francisco along with degrees from both Harvard and Stanford; wife and mother of three children; and lastly, creator of Luca winery. Luca is Lauraís Catena first personal label. Named after her oldest son Luca, it is an ode old vines. After living in France and working with Chateau Lafite, Laura returned to Argentina with a fresh outlook on winemaking and decided to rally a group of growers so that she could begin producing wines from old vines with deeper character and vibrant expression. Intensely proud of Luca, Laura firmly believes they are some of the best wines coming out of Argentina today.
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