Vineyard: The Syrah grapes for this wine come from the Laborde Family vineyard located in the La Consulta area of the Uco Valley. This vineyard is comprised of ungrafted vines with an average age of 46 years. The vine selection was done by Luis Laborde in a double massal selection. He first scoured the Rhone valley collecting a mix of different Syrah vines. He then planted them in a test vineyard in Mendoza and did another selection of the best vines to plant in the Laborde vineyard in La Consulta.
Orientation: 3500 feet in altitude
Viticulture: Hand harvested, low yielding pergola system
Vinification: No fining, no filtering and no press wine.
Aging: 12 months French oak aging, 50% in new oak, 50% in 2nd use barrels.
Notes: Laura Catena is a pioneer in Mendoza for partnering with small, independent growers to produce the highest quality grapes from some of Argentina’s top low-yield, high-elevation vineyards. Perhaps her most distinctive is the Laborde vineyard. Over half a century ago, inspired viticulturist Luis Laborde created what may be the world’s only vineyard created by "double massal selection" across two continents. Laborde first traveled through France’s Rhone Valley and brought back a selection of the best mix of Syrah vines (not clones) back to Mendoza. After planting them in a local research vineyard and tracking each vine’s quality, he again selected the best of the best individual vines to plant in his own 10-acre vineyard in the Uco Valley.
Beautiful deep purple color, tilting the glass the shallows are a soft rose. The nose is like walking into a
gentlemen’s poker parlor: aromas of cigar, leather, and smoked meat fill the nose with hints of toasty oak, forest
floor and baking spice. Rich, lush, and mouthfilling on the palate. Well structured tannins support big fruit flavors of
blackberry jam, black spiced cherries, ground black pepper and just a hint of rhubarb. Nice, long, lingering finish.
(from a massale selection using cuttings from multiple vineyards in the Rhône Valley): Deep red-ruby. Aromas of plum, jammy blackberry and chocolaty oak, complicated by a touch of black olive and lifted by a violet note. Not a meaty or gamey style of Syrah, but the savory, nicely concentrated black fruit flavors are intense and dry. Tannins are firm but rather suave, with no dry edges. There's no easy sweetness here but this wine is built for a graceful evolution in bottle. An excellent Syrah value.
Publication: Other Press
Rating: 91 (Suckling)
A little shy now but shows spice, dried meat, and earth character as well as flowers. Full body, firm tannins and a long and flavorful finish. Drink or hold.