2009 Luca "Beso de Dante" Mendoza

SKU #1117730 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2009 Beso de Dante is a blend of 50% Malbec, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Cabernet Franc aged for 18 months in 70% new French oak before bottling without fining or filtration. Pain grille, pencil lead, herbs, spices, and assorted black fruits are just some of the elements that titillate the nose. Medium-bodied with a sense of elegance, this savory, layered, plush offering needs at least 3-4 years of additional cellaring to reveal its full potential. Drink it from 2013 to 2024+.  (12/ 2011)

K&L Notes

From a few select vineyards with average elevations over 3.500 feet, this limited cuvee from Luca represents excellence in Argentine winemaking at a very resonable price. The ungrafted vines, averaging 30 years old, were hand-harvested and the wine spent 12 months in 70% new French oak before bottling.

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By: Joe Manekin |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/6/2012  | Send Email
Here is one tasty, incredibly well crafted wine. Rich mixed berry and red plum fruit flavors are generous to be sure, but the amount of oak used to craft the wine is just about perfect, the balance impeccable in this supple, mouth filling, juicy effort. If you are looking for a red in the full-bodied, rich, fruit forward style, I would be hard pressed to find something more delicious in the store for drinking now and over the next few years.

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Malbec

- These days if you're drinking a Malbec it's probably from Argentina. The most planted grape in that country, varietally-labeled Argentine Malbecs are one of the wine market's great values, prized for their slight herbal component and dark, luscious fruit. Structurally, Argentina's Malbecs are much different than those grown in the grape's native France; they are riper, fruitier and fleshier. In France, the best iterations of Malbec can be found in the Cahors, where it can be quite decadent. It is also planted in the Loire Valley, where it is called C˘t and is often blended with Cabernet Sauvignon or Gamay, and in Bordeaux, where it has fallen from favor in many of the region's great blends because it is difficult to grow. In the United States, the varietal is frequently added to Meritage wines - Bordeaux style blends - but it is rarely found on its own.
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Argentina

- Argentina is regarded as one of the most dynamic wine-producing nations in the world, and possibly the most important wine-producing region in South America. Only four countries in the world produce more wine than Argentina. Considerable investments (much of which has come from famous French, Italian and California wine producers) have been made in new vineyards and winemaking technology in the past several years, which along with recent plantings of more premium varieties of grapes, has made Argentina much more competitive internationally. The Mendoza region is the most important region in Argentina's wine industry. And Malbec, among other Bordeaux varietals grown here, reigns supreme. Click for a list of bestselling items from Argentina.
Alcohol Content (%): 14