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.
Notes: 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.
Publication: Wine advocate
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.
(the percentage of new oak for this cuvée has been reduced to 35%): Saturated medium ruby. Brooding aromas of blackberry, licorice and bitter chocolate, plus a minty nuance. Juicy black fruit, espresso and spice flavors are complemented by sexy oak tones and lifted by a violet element. Conveys a light touch but also has good density for the year; better-balanced than the 2013. Firmly tannic but not dry, finishing with a note of menthol.
Publication: Other Press
A rich and fresh red with dried berry, milk chocolate, spice and walnut. Full body, velvety tannins and a savory finish. From old vines in Consulta. Drink now or hold.