Named after her eldest son, Luca is the label of Laura Catena, the Huffington Post guest blogger, Harvard graduate (with a Medical degree from Stanford), and, of course, daughter of Nicolas Catena. From vineyards in Mendoza (Luan de Cuyo and Agrelo) and Uco Valley, winemaker Luis Reginato produces concentrated, classy Syrah, Pinot Noir
, each bearing supple, fleshy textures and superb sweetness of fruit.
The flagship Beso de Dante is a blend of Cabernet and Malbec. Catena's Chardonnay offers exotic but vibrant aromas and flavors of apricot and soft citrus fruits, with judicious use of new oak. These wines are serious but utterly quaffable; it's no surprise Luca is so well regarded by both critics and the public and has developed a passionate following, particularly in Argentina
, Brazil, and northern Europe.
Until the early 1990s, Argentina's wine industry was focused inward, as the local market's thirst was sufficient to absorb the huge quantities of everyday drinking wine produced there. But with per-capita consumption in the domestic market in sharp decline since the mid-1970s, Argentina's wine producers realized that they had to look to export markets to remain in business, and winemaking in Argentina began its transformation.
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