Luca Wines Uco Valley Malbec 2014

$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 Robert Parker: "Fom new plantings in Gualtallary, the 2014 Malbec has increased the proportion of fruit coming from this cool place to make it approximately a 50/50 blend of Malbec fruit from Gualtallary and La Consulta, both in the Valle de Uco. There is a big jump in precision and harmony along with more freshness and elegance. The expansive palate has great depth and fruit with very good freshness. This could well be the best vintage of Luca Malbec and I think the best might be yet to come, as the new vineyard matures...Luca is the personal project of Laura Catena." 93 Points James Suckling:  "Beautiful aromas of blackberry, black licorice and spice follow through to a full body, with ultra-fine tannins and a blueberry, dark chocolate and light nut aftertaste. Drink or hold."

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Laura Catena, 4th gen winemaker, grew up in Argentine-Italian winemaking family in Mendoza. Wines, named after her children - Luca, Dante & Nicola - background of the label is the McDermott coat of arms of her American husband, Daniel McDermott. Single-vineyard wine from land belonging to the Laborde family. Deep red with big ripe fruits & smoky oak. Palate plum & jammy blackberry, spicier than ‘13, with nice earthy character. Tannins are a bit rustic, lingering ending with toasty oak & spice. Very nice.

Laura Catena, 4th gen winemaker, grew up in Argentine-Italian winemaking family in Mendoza. Wines, named after her children - Luca, Dante & Nicola - background of the label is the McDermott coat of arms of her American husband, Daniel McDermott. Single-vineyard wine from land belonging to the Laborde family. Deep red with big ripe fruits & smoky oak. Palate plum & jammy blackberry, spicier than ‘13, with nice earthy character. Tannins are a bit rustic, lingering ending with toasty oak & spice. Very nice.

9.0

Justin Gilman CSW, CSS Delectable Pro

Superb #Malbec. This #wine opens fuming with big berries and white pepper opening up to more brambly fruit, heavier pepper and showing some savory components. Clean, blackberry with seeds, stemy. Food worthy, suggesting heavier meats. Opened 12/3/17

Superb #Malbec. This #wine opens fuming with big berries and white pepper opening up to more brambly fruit, heavier pepper and showing some savory components. Clean, blackberry with seeds, stemy. Food worthy, suggesting heavier meats. Opened 12/3/17

9.2

Andrew Olsen

Two thumbs up. Easy to drink, good balance. Grab some steaks!

Two thumbs up. Easy to drink, good balance. Grab some steaks!

9.0

Melissa Aleman

Chocolate, berries and nuts... oh my! Wonderful finish. Now one of my favorite Malbecs.

Chocolate, berries and nuts... oh my! Wonderful finish. Now one of my favorite Malbecs.

9.5

Andy Henderson

Martina

Martina

9.0

Frank Soldano

Drinking the 2014 in 2018. Deep rich color. Excellent clarity. Full bouquet, rich with berry and oak. Very smooth on the tongue with low tannins. Slightly sweet flavor with rich berries and an oaky finish. Very nice wine.

Drinking the 2014 in 2018. Deep rich color. Excellent clarity. Full bouquet, rich with berry and oak. Very smooth on the tongue with low tannins. Slightly sweet flavor with rich berries and an oaky finish. Very nice wine.

9.4

Hugh O'Riordan

Michael, I bought this malbac because of your reviews. A well made wine from beginning to end . Lots of dark fruit dark fruit. Still one note imho

Michael, I bought this malbac because of your reviews. A well made wine from beginning to end . Lots of dark fruit dark fruit. Still one note imho

9.0

Rachel Digiulio

Jammy and dark red

Jammy and dark red

9.4

Brad Pietras

Juicy

Juicy

8.5

Adam Welch

Superb Malbec! Had it with scallops and filet mignon.

Superb Malbec! Had it with scallops and filet mignon.

9.2

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