Luca Nico by Luca 2009
|Appellation||Alto Vale de Uco|
Wine AdvocateIt is always awkward when a wine is named after somebody's son or daughter - what if the wine is awful? Fortunately, Luca's flagship wine named after Laura Catena's daughter is sublime. The 2009 Nico by Luca is a pure Malbec from Altamira and La Consulta in the Uco Valley, from 51-year-old vines. The fruit is aged in French barriques of which 70% are new. It has a very elegant bouquet of wild strawberry, red currant, orange zest and crushed stone that is beautifully defined. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannins. It is a complex wine with blackberry, bell pepper, red peppercorns, cumin and a touch of fennel towards the finish, which is harmonious and very elegant. This is an outstanding Malbec that will age with style. Just 200 three-packs made. Drink 2013-2025.
Wine SpectatorThis dark red has an aromatic side, with spice box, sandalwood and incense notes to the structured dark cherry, cassis and mineral accents. Drink now through 2019. 50 cases imported.