2013 Luca Malbec Uco Valley

SKU #1237742 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.  (6/2015)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Malbec comes from two old vineyards in La Consulta (Rosas and Paganoto) and some 30% from Gualtallary in the Uco Valley. It has a nose of smoke and peat intermixed with violets, plums and dark cherries. The palate has a fine texture shaped by sweet, round tannins and good freshness. This is a very tasty Malbec. (LG)  (8/2015)


 Cassis, black cherry and oak notes of bitter chocolate and cola on the nose. Densely packed and sweet, with black fruit flavors carrying a full load of oak. No shortage of acidity here but the wine's chocolatey oak and wood tannins stand out today. (ST)  (2/2015)

Wine Spectator

 Vibrant and filled with juicy and concentrated flavors of red currant, blackberry and plum. Delivers loads of fresh acidity, presenting a zesty finish that offers spice and smoke hints.  (12/2015)

K&L Notes

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. The 2012 vintage of Luca was one of our best-selling Malbecs last year, buoyed by a #19 rating on the Wine Spectator Top 100.

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- 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 Côt 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.


- 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.