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2012 Luca Malbec "Uco Valley"

Winery: Luca

Vintage: 2012

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Uco Valley"

Wine Category: Malbec

Grape blend: 100% Malbec

Region: Uco Valley

State or country: Argentina

Price: $32

Cases produced: 7,000

KWG Score: 93.2 (based on 4 reviews)

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

Review date: December 3, 2014

Wine Review: This very very dark ruby colored Malbec from Luca opens with a dark chocolate and blueberry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced and easy to drink. The flavor profile is a black plum with notes of minerality throughout. I also detected hints of black currant, tea, and oak. The finish is dry and its flavors and mild tannins linger nicely. I would pair this food friendly Malbec with a tangy pulled pork sandwich. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: This is a great example of Mendoza Malbec. Incredible color—could use it in an inkwell! 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 mouthwatering too. 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.

Organic status: not organic

Buy it: Use 1000 Corks to find stores that sell Luca 2012 Malbec.

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