2011 Luca Syrah Laborde Double Select
Mendoza, Argentina

Bacony, plummy, earthy, leathery ... Laura Catena's winemaker, Luis Reginato, makes long, flavorful wines, always interesting and many layered. Perhaps it is the 80+ year old vines, originally brought back to Mendoza from the Rhone by Luis LaBorde, or perhaps we need not speculate, we need only sip away.

92 WA; 91 WS

2011 Luca Syrah Laborde Double Select


as part of a mixed case.

22+ bottles available.

Winemaker's Notes
"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. L3 -- lush, long and loveable. Pairs well with grilled or smoked meats such as beef, pork, and lamb, and dishes prepared with mild cheeses or wild mushrooms."

Technical Notes
"Over half a century ago, inspired viticulturist Luis Labordecreated Argentina's first Syrah vineyard planted through double massal selection. Laborde first traveledthrough 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, heagain selected the best of the best individual vines to plant in his own 10-acre vineyard in the UcoValley.Laborde's belief, shared among other leading viticulturists, was that vines lose much of their identitywhen reproduced through clonal selection (exact copies of DNA) since they originate from just onesingle vine. When a vineyard is planted from a mass selection of similar vines, but not copies, of thesame variety, it adds a subtle diversity and complexity of flavors to the finished wine, much the same asbrothers and sisters add flavor and interest to a single family. From vineyards at 3500 feet, 47 year old vines. Hand-harvested, no press wine. 14 months in 50% new and 50% 1 year old French oak barriques. Unfined, unfiltered. Acid 5.42 g/L; p.H. 3.62. 13.9% alc."
Wine Advocate
"92 pts ... It sports an expressive perfume of smoke, bacon, game, leather, pepper, and blueberry. Smooth-textured and elegant on the palate, this savory, ripe Syrah conceals enough structure to evolve for 2-3 years... It is an outstanding value."

Wine Spectator
"91 pts ... A dense, ripe Syrah, with a meaty core of macerated black plum, linzer torte and fig paste notes that display nuances of game, spice and tar. Light tannins lift the long, lingering finish."