Vineyard: Malbec: Vista Flores (Doña Elvira Vineyard), Altamira (Paganotto Vineyard); Cabernet Sauvignon: Altamira (Basso Vineyard), Agrelo (La Piramide Vineyard)
Orientation: The average elevation of the vineyards is 3,470 feet
Viticulture: High elevation vineyards. All the vines are ungrafted. The average age of all the vineyards is 21 years old.
Vinification: No fining and no filtering.
Aging: 12 months in 70% new, 30% second-use French barrels.
Notes: Luca is named after Laura Catena’s son, and Luca’s little brother’s name is Dante. Beso de Dante means "Dante’s Kiss", and conveys the magic that happens with the addition of Malbec to Cabernet Sauvignon - like the magic of a child’s kiss.
Publication: Wine advocate
I had two vintages to taste of the Cabernet/Malbec blend starting with the 2014 Beso de Dante from Vista Flores and Altamira in the Valle de Uco. In this vintage it was exactly 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Malbec and 10% Cabernet Franc, and it felt quite ripe, with aromas of prunes and dark cherries with an organic touch. The palate is medium to full-bodied with ripe, sweet tannins. 18,000 bottles produced.