2012 Luca Beso de Dante
Mendoza, Argentina

91 ST

2012 Luca Beso de Dante


as part of a mixed case.

12+ bottles available.

Winemaker's Notes
"60% Malbec/40% Cabernet Sauvignon. Aromas of toasty oak, cassis and smoke. Cascades of red and blackcurrant fruit on the palate. Medium-bodied and classically structured with good density. The Cabernet fruit melds seamlessly with the Malbec, creating a well-structured and balanced blend with moderate tannins and a lengthy finish. A wine that combines real class with excitement. This Cab-lovers blend will pair well with any Bordeaux or California Cabernet-friendly dishes such as steak, pork, lamb, and strong cheeses. Can handle any dish with cream or butter sauces."

Technical Notes
"55% Malbec/45% Cabernet Sauvignon. Laura Catena has a vision of creating a new breed of Argentine wines: small quantities, artisanquality, and true to their individual terroirs. She starts with some of Argentina's best fruit from lowyield,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 blendsdeliver power along with complexity and finesse. They are the ultimate expression of rigorousvineyard management, viticultural experimentation, strict irrigation controls, skilled winemaking,and a quest for quality at any cost. From vineyards 3,470 feet avg. altitude, 32 year old vines. Hand-harvested, no press wine. 18 months in 50% new French and 50% 2nd use French barriques. Unifined, unfiltered. 14% alc. "
Stephen Tanzer
"91 pts ... Bright medium ruby. Complex aromas of cassis, spicy herbs and mint. Concentrated, sweet and fine-grained, but with the Cabernet herbacity currently dominating the Malbec dark berries and chocolate. Conveys less easy sweetness than the 2013 Malbec but shows more lift and better oak integration. Spreads out nicely to saturate the palate on the lively, firmly tannic finish. I like this style."