2009 Luca "Beso de Dante" Mendoza
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+.
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.