Luca Paraje Altamira Malbec 2017 - 750ml

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93pts Wine Enthusiast

This Malbec from the Paraje Altamira section of the Uco Valley is a new member of the Luca lineup, and it more than holds its own. A generously oaked nose smells of earthy berry and black cherry along with graphite. A flush palate is well balanced, while this tastes of herbal plum and cassis backed by a touch of smoky oak. Fleshy berry flavors carry a plump and pulpy finish. Drink through 2025. (MS) (7/2020)

91pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Along with the 2016 vintage, I was also shown the 2017 Malbec Paraje Altamira, from a slightly warmer year. However, the wine feels fresher than the 2016, the oak feels better integrated, and the wine also shows better overall balance. 24,000 bottles produced. (6/2018)

91pts Vinous

Saturated ruby. Expressive aromas of blueberry, crushed-stone minerality and violet complicated by a whiff of game; a bit Syrah-like. Juicy and suave on the palate, conveying a captivating restrained sweetness to its dark berry, bitter chocolate and mint flavors. A very sexy wine with noteworthy precision and lift. This restaurant-only bottling stands out for its refinement.

 

Winemaker Notes

Notes of black cherry and dark berry with hints of violet, vanilla, and mocha. Deep and dense on the palate with round tannins. This ia great expression of Malbec from the sunny days and cold nights of Altamira.