Luca Malbec


Wine label
Bottle sizes:750 ML
Appellation:Uco Valley
Varietals:Malbec (Cot)
Vineyard:The malbec vineyards are located in the Uco Valley and in the following areas: Altamira, La Consulta and Gualtallary.
Orientation:The average elevation of the vineyards is 3,150 feet.
Soil:High-elevation vineyards with very poor soils. Limestone in Altamira and La Consulta.
Viticulture:All the vines are ungrafted and average over 45 years in age. All work is done by hand including the harvest.
Vinification:No fining and no filtering.
Aging:12 months in French oak: 60% new and 40% second-use.
Tasting:Luca is named after Laura’s son. The family crest (the McDermott family) that appears in the label’s background is that of Laura’s husband, Dan. Laura is continually inspired by the synthesis of cultures in her own family, and this international inspiration infuses the style and quality of her wines.


Wine advocate: 93
From new plantings in Gualtallary, the 2014 Malbec has increased the proportion of fruit coming from this cool place to make it approximately a 50/50 blend of Malbec fruit from Gualtallary and La Consulta, both in the Valle de Uco. There is a big jump in precision and harmony along with more freshness and elegance. The expansive palate has great depth and fruit with very good freshness. This could well be the best vintage of Luca Malbec and I think the best might be yet to come, as the new vineyard matures... 90,000 bottles were produced.