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Luca Old Vine Malbec
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Luca Old Vine Malbec 2016

Mendoza, ArgentinaThe Luca wines are the passion of Laura Catena, and the name of her son. Laura was instrumental in the push toward making small quantities of terroir-based wine as a natural extension of Catena’s years of research into Mendoza’s high altitude vineyards Uco Valley's La Consulta and Gualtallary. The grapes are hand-harvested, aged 14 months in 35 percent new French oak and 65 percent used barrels. In the super cool year of 2016, it is the floral, mineral highlights that dominate, giving this label a real sense of malbec purity. The tannins are highly refined, dense and sweet, settingthe stage for spicy, coffee, cocoa flecked fruit with terrific acidity. Longer and more linear than in warm years, this bottle is very food-friendly. Think wild game, steak, lamb, and medium-strong cheeses. Good value.Tasted: 23 August 2019Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 45.99 Private Retail Producer: Luca WineryDistributors: Trialto Wine Group
Grape: MalbecUPC: 835603001082