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2017 Luca "Paraje Altamira" Malbec Uco Valley

SKU #1493454 93 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This Malbec from the Paraje Altamira section of the Uco Valley is a new member of the Luca lineup, and it more than holds its own. A generously oaked nose smells of earthy berry and black cherry along with graphite. A flush palate is well balanced, while this tastes of herbal plum and cassis backed by a touch of smoky oak. Fleshy berry flavors carry a plump and pulpy finish. Drink through 2025. (MS) Inner quote mark (7/2020)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Along with the 2016 vintage, I was also shown the 2017 Malbec Paraje Altamira, from a slightly warmer year. However, the wine feels fresher than the 2016, the oak feels better integrated, and the wine also shows better overall balance. 24,000 bottles produced. Inner quote mark (6/2018)

91 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Saturated ruby. Expressive aromas of blueberry, crushed-stone minerality and violet complicated by a whiff of game; a bit Syrah-like. Juicy and suave on the palate, conveying a captivating restrained sweetness to its dark berry, bitter chocolate and mint flavors. A very sexy wine with noteworthy precision and lift. This restaurant-only bottling stands out for its refinement. Inner quote mark (9/2019)

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By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/27/2020 | Send Email
This is a brand new offering from Luca designed to showcase Malbec from Paraje Altamira and crafted specifically for Restaurants. This wine was created specifically to elevate your dining experience, and it certainly will. The nose is intense and complex. A mix of red and black berries, dark fruit, muted flowers, soft spice and mellow oak. It is on the palate that this wine shines. It is just as intense and the nose would suggest, but it is supple. It immediately fills your mouth with rich fruit, spice and creamy oak but it is not heavy. The tannins are really fine and polished, it glides. The fruit pops. It speaks of the high elevation and calcareous soils. Every fruit tone is just a little more vibrant. The oak use is moderate, you feel its presence and taste its subtle spice in the background. The finish is really long. All that great fruit and spice is now accompanied by a fine earthy stoniess. While this was made for fine dining, I can easily see an open bottle disappearing before the grill comes to temperature or even started. This is an incredible value. Now that you have got to the end and are still curious about what is special about Paraje Altamira, well I am here for you. The appellation was created in 2013 and it was the first “IG”, Argentina’s version of AOP, DO etc, to be created based on terroir only, all of the previous appellations are also political boundaries. So what is special about this place. It is found in the Southern part Mendoza in the Uco valley. The elevation is over 1000m and its defining feature is that it is located in the alluvial fan of the Tunuyán river. The soils are very stony and very deep. The stones which can be larger than a man are covered in calcium carbonate. They look like they are covered in powdered sugar. It is the combination of high elevation, well drained, and calcareous soils that make this region unique.

By: Andrew Tobin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/16/2020 | Send Email
Can you say fresh berry patch! What a nose; doused in fresh berries, a bit of a leafy green note, and some fresh purple flower, this nose takes me right back to summertime when blackberries are ripe and fresh at the farmers market, with a hint of baking spice muddled in the air. The palate is bright and vibrant up front and fades from the fresh berry fruit into a nice bakers chocolate/coffee finish with medium tannin and a long, dark finish. This is a versatile one that I could easily drink on a summer's night but also bring up to a cabin in the winter for something a little more fresh; and at $20 it's a big thumbs up!

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