Luca Wines Uco Valley Malbec 2013

$29.99

Laura Catena, proprietor of Luca Winery, is a fourth generation vintner, who also happens to be a Harvard and Stanford educated emergency medicine physician. Following the birth of her first child, Luca, she felt compelled to create a legacy of small production Argentine wines. This Malbec is from fruit grown in the Uco Valley, and is, in typical Luca style, a big, broad shouldered, structured powerhouse of a wine. 93 Points Wine Spectator (#19 "Top 100 Wines of 2014"):  "Very suave and polished, with ripe, pure flavors of blackberry, hoisin sauce and black pepper. Finely textured, this is packed with tar and roasted plum notes, showing plenty of licorice snap and dark chocolate accents on the powerful finish. Best after 2020." 92 Points Robert Parker: "The 2012 Malbec comes from old vineyards in La Consulta and a dash from Gualtallary in the Uco Valley. It has a mineral-like, austere feeling, with notes of peach, sour cherries, and sweet spices, a medium-bodied palate with gripping tannins, and is refined and fresh, with some creamy and smoky notes from the barrel, which should disappear with a little time in bottle. This is great Malbec. Drink 2013-2020."

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Ratings on Delectable

Renato Hoyle Delectable Pro

Big powerful wine. Exactly why Argentine wines are world reknown. Could use some cellaring.

Big powerful wine. Exactly why Argentine wines are world reknown. Could use some cellaring.

9.3

Kyle Gabriel Delectable Pro

A little anise. Reminds me of a subtle fernet character. Memories of Harvard and Stone in LA.

A little anise. Reminds me of a subtle fernet character. Memories of Harvard and Stone in LA.

9.1

Allyson O'Keefe

Really not a bad Malbec for the price point. Tight flavors of earth, red fruit, & gravel. Leathery, but much more subdued following the Cade. Ash & cassis on the finish. Low acidity.

Really not a bad Malbec for the price point. Tight flavors of earth, red fruit, & gravel. Leathery, but much more subdued following the Cade. Ash & cassis on the finish. Low acidity.

8.5

Dean

Rich tapestry and fruit

Rich tapestry and fruit

8.7

Lance Wade

Great Malbec. A little pricey@$30 @$20 itd be a 10/10

Great Malbec. A little pricey@$30 @$20 itd be a 10/10

9.0

Jean-Francois Pelletier

Chosen from a (very!) limited wine list at our resort (very South American oriented). Dark color, noticeable oak on the nose with a strong backing of dark fruit. Soft body with a medium+ finish. Not bad.

Chosen from a (very!) limited wine list at our resort (very South American oriented). Dark color, noticeable oak on the nose with a strong backing of dark fruit. Soft body with a medium+ finish. Not bad.

8.7

Jay David Charette

Amazing Malbec ! Love it !!

Amazing Malbec ! Love it !!

10

Jon Wayman

2013

2013

8.2

Robyn Exton

A great crowd pleaser.

A great crowd pleaser.

8.5

Jaume

Needed a while decanting to open but rewarded me well. Big bold red with a great mix of dark fruit and a nice earthy spectrum. Tobacco, cedar, coffee and an almost Pete bog note one can find in whiskies. Very good wine.

Needed a while decanting to open but rewarded me well. Big bold red with a great mix of dark fruit and a nice earthy spectrum. Tobacco, cedar, coffee and an almost Pete bog note one can find in whiskies. Very good wine.

8.9

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