An outstanding producer out of Argentina, Luca Wines was fiuynded by wine pioneer Laura Catena. Luca sources from some of Argentina's best fruit from low-yield, high elevation vineyards. They do a range of varietals including Syrah, Beso de Dante, Malbec, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay. The high elevation vineyards provide wonderful poise to the wines. Luca sources from both Lujan de Cuyo (2,950 to 3,300 feet elevation) and the Uco Valley (3,200 to 5,000) feet. Despite the weight of their wines, they have a wonderful mineral expression and great terroir. The red wines from this property tend to be massive -- but in a good way.
The new release wines from Luca are expressive and gorgeous. Head winemaker Luis Reginato, has been winemaker for Luca Wines since 2002. He was born in Altamira, La Consulta, and was son of a sparkling wine producer. He then studied at Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, one of Argentina's best viticulture programs. Luca has gained a sterling reputation for the Malbec wine over the years. At roughly 25 dollars, the 2014 Luca Malbec (WWB, 92) is massive and delivers wonderful dark fruit aromatics and flavors. This is clearly an outstanding value wine out of Argentina. Learn more about this great winery at http://www.lucawines.com Here are the great new wines by Luca Wines
2015 Luca Chardonnay- The 2015 is another fantastic release from Luca. The wine is sourced from the high altitude “G Lot” in Gualtallary at 4,900 feet above sea level. A honey-golden hue, this wine begins with bright aromas of creme brulee, vanilla cream, butterscotch, banana and brioche. There are dense flavors of vanilla, Pazzaz apple, roasted pineapple and flan accents. The heavy whipping cream laced finish lingers for 40 plus seconds. Drink 2017-2025- 92
2014 Luca Malbec- The 2014 Luca Malbec soars with rich and intense aromatics and flavors, while maintaining a striking minerality. The wine has gorgeous aromatics of smoke, violets, milk chocolate and blackberry cobbler. There are rich flavors of mint, black cherry, black olive, and suggestions of violets with dark chocolate shavings. The saline streak and persistent finish accentuate this gorgeous bottling. This Malbec will cellar exceedingly well into the next decade. Drink 2017-2027- 92