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2008 Luca Malbec

Winery: Luca

Vintage: 2008

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Wine Category: Malbec

Grape blend: 100% Malbec

Region: Uco Valley

State or country: Argentina

Price: $36

Cases produced: 9,000

KWG Score: 92.5 (based on 4 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (90)

Review date: April 25, 2010

Wine Review: This slightly opaque and dark purple Malbec from the Uco Valley in Argentina was very well received by the tasting panel. It opens with a very mild black cherry bouquet with hints of toasted oak and anise. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, soft, and very easy going. The flavor profile is a mild dusty black currant with a touch of black raspberry and toffee mixed in. The finish is dry and displays decent dusty tannins. The panel felt this wine would pair well with duck confit or roasted Cornish game hens. Enjoy – KWGTP

Winemaker Notes: This is a great example of Mendoza Malbec. Incredible color! Loads of spice and black cherry cola aromas with notes of cocoa. The berry flavors really pop on the palate as the wine has both good depth and very 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. Pairs well with foods such as venison or wild game, steak, and medium-strong cheeses.

Organic status: not organic

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