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2012 Luca Malbec Valle de Uco Mendoza
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About Luca

From vineyards in Mendoza (Luan de Cuyo and Agrelo) and Uco Valley, winemaker Luis Reginato produces concentrated, classy Syrah, Pinot Noir, Malbec and Chardonnay, each bearing supple, fleshy textures and superb sweetness of fruit.

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2012 Luca Malbec Valle de Uco Mendoza

Producer: Luca
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Malbec
Origin: Argentina
Region: Argentina

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92 Points | International Wine Cellar , March/April 2014

(14 months in 50% new and 50% once-used French oak barrels; from ungrafted 46-year-old vines):  Bright ruby-red.  Aromas of black cherry and bitter chocolate accented by an herbal note.  Concentrated and deeply fruity, with an intense blackberry flavor complicated by a saline quality.  Showing no overt sweetness but quite suave and fine-grained, finishing with firm tannins and lingering dark fruits.

92 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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About Argentina

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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The Malbec grape may have originated in southwest France, where it still is grown under the name Cot. However, the grape's international profile has surged not because of what's going on in France, but rather because of current trends in Argentina.
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