Luca Vineyards

"Laura Catena, daughter of Argentine wine pioneer Nicolás Catena, has a vision of creating a new breed of Argentine wines: small quantities, artisan quality, and true to their individual terroirs. She starts with some of Argentina's best fruit from low-yield, high elevation vineyards. State-of-the-art winemaking and oak aging (primarily French) elevate the wines to a quality level demanded by true wine connoisseurs. The final varietal blends deliver power along with complexity and finesse. They are the ultimate expression of rigorous vineyard management, viticultural experimentation, strict irrigation controls, skilled winemaking, and a quest for quality at any cost. Her current releases include Syrah, Beso de Dante, Malbec, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay.

Luca is named after Laura Catena'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."

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Luca 'Uco Valley' Malbec 2016
94  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 94 TOP 100 CELLAR SELECTIONS 2018 "Pure berry and cassis aromas are concentrated and show no holes. This Uco Valley Malbec feels pure, direct and linear, albeit with slightly scratchy tannins that should dissipate in due time. Blackberry and dry spice flavors finish full and grabby,
Item Number: 33324
Case: $311.40

Luca 'G Lot' Chardonnay 2015
93  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 93 "They separate a small plot from the Adrianna vineyard in Gualtallary and produce what they call the 2015 G Lot Chardonnay, a barrel-fermented white with a very Burgundian profile. it has great balance between fruit and spice and a fine, elegant palate where the minerality is
Item Number: 26076

Luca 'Uco Valley' Malbec 2014
93  James Suckling 
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

Luca 'G Lot' Chardonnay 2013
93  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 93 "The 2013 G Lot Chardonnay is a barrel-fermented Chardonnay from juice obtained pressing whole clusters and matured in barrique (20% new) for one year. It feels quite exotic, with notes of tangerine, peach and a touch of honey. In Gualtallary from mid-February on there is a morning

Luca 'Uco Valley' Malbec 2013
93  James Suckling 
James Suckling 93 "Beautiful aromas of blackberry, black licorice and spice follow through to a full body, with ultra-fine tannins and a blueberry, dark chocolate, and light nut aftertaste."  Wine Advocate 91 "The 2013 Malbec comes from two old vineyards in La Consulta (Rosas and Paganoto) and

Luca 'G Lot' Pinot Noir 2011
91  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 91 "The 2011 “G” Lot Pinot Noir is one of the best takes on the grape variety that I have found in Argentina. Sourced from ungrafted vines from Dijon clones cultivated in Gualtallary in Tupungato and aged for 12 months in French oak (30% new), it has a well-defined bouquet of

Luca Pinot Noir 2009
93  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 93 "Catena has again hit a home run with her 2009 Pinot Noir (as she did in 2006, 2007, and 2008). There is very little Pinot Noir in Mendoza (Patagonia is the principal hope for Argentina Pinot Noir) so this streak is particularly impressive. The grapes are sourced from a relatively

Luca Pinot Noir 2007
92  Robert Parker 
 Robert Parker 92 "It offers up an alluring bouquet of wild strawberry, raspberry, saddle leather, spice box, and cedar. Medium to full-bodied, with intense, savory, spicy, red fruit flavors, this lengthy, complex effort will evolve for several years and be at its best from 2010 to 2018. It is a

Luca Chardonnay 2008
92  Robert Parker 
 Robert Parker 92 "The Chardonnay has arguably been one of the 3-4 best produced in Argentina for a number of years and the 2007 Chardonnay is no exception. It was 100% barrel-fermented, went through full malolactic fermentation, and was aged for 12 months in 50% new French oak on its lees. Light