2016 Luca 'Historia de Familia' Malbec 1.5L Magnum
Mendoza , Argentina
100% Malbec. Average age of the vines is 49 years old. Harvested from vineyards in Gualtallary and Paraje Altamira in the Uco Valley. 80% of the blend is aged in oak barrels (40% new oak and 60% second use oak barrels) for 12 months and 20% in stainless steel tanks. All Luca wines are certified sustainable through Bodegas de Argentina.
A dense, serious, characterful Malbec. Full-bodied and grainy in terms of tannin texture and well-defined by the driven acidity. There is a very intense pressed violet character and blueberry essence. Rich, dense, and inky.
Luca was born out of Laura Catena’s vision of creating a new breed of Argentine wines: small quantities, artisan quality, and true to their individual terroirs. She is a pioneer in Mendoza for working closely with small growers to grow very high-quality grapes from some of Argentina’s best old-vine, low-yield, high elevation vineyards. Each varietal delivers 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.
Luca is named after Laura Catena’s first son and it symbolizes her love for her family. The family crest that appears on the label belongs to her husband Dan McDermott’s family. All Luca wines are certified sustainable through Bodegas de Argentina.
94 points, James Suckling. "This is so inky on the nose with combining elements of dark licorice, too. But there is also a very intense pressed violet character and blueberry essence. Full-bodied and grainy in terms of tannin texture and well-defined by the driven acidity, which is well-complemented with vivid blue fruit."