Ernesto Catena - Luca Malbec


*** Check stock availability before ordering your purchase ***

Laura Catena is a 4th generation Malbec grower. With Luca, Laura pioneered grower relations in Mendoza and discovered many small old vine Malbec vineyards that were previously going into bulk wine. The Luca team works with some of the best family vineyards in the Uco Valley to make this rich and dense example of Malbec. 

VARIETY 100% Malbec
VINEYARD LOCATION Uco Valley: La Consulta, Gualtallary
AVG. VINEYARD ELEV. 3,500 feet
AVG. AGE OF VINES 47 years
HARVEST METHOD Hand-harvested
OAK REGIMEN 14 months in 30% new French & 70% second use French barriques.
PH 3.60
T.A.    5.80, 6.00


Tasting Notes & Food Pairing Suggestions

This is a great example of Mendoza Malbec. Incredible deep purple red color Loads of spice and black and red cherry aromas with notes of chocolate. The berry flavors really pop on the palate as the wine has both a full mid palate and lively acidity that leads to an incredibly long finish. A bottom note of freshly brewed espresso keeps the mouth watering too. This one is a teenager at the moment, and should age very well (and not talk back when you don’t give it the car keys!). Pairs well with foods such as venison or wild game, steak, pork, quail, all types of lamb, and medium-strong cheeses. A very flexible wine due to its concentration and balance.

(2011 Vintage)

| 92 Points Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, 2012

| 91 Points Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar 2013