2013 Luca Chardonnay
Mendoza, Argentina

If you're looking for a full-bodied flavorful Chardonnay to stand up to your herb roasted chicken or pork, this is it. Not heavy or fat, this tasty Chard will really enhance your meal.

93 WA; 90 ST

2013 Luca Chardonnay


as part of a mixed case.

24+ bottles available.

Winemaker's Notes
"Beautiful pale-gold color with enticing aromas of lemon creme, baking spices and some notes of dulce de leche. The aromas carry through to the palate, and are joined by hints of tropical fruit, spiced baked pear, and a stony/mineral flavor that creates a stylish wine that seems part New and part Old World. Finishes long with just a kiss of oak. This Chard has a lot of flavor, but manages never to lose its balance. Pairs well with most fish, lobster, crab, chicken, and even many pork preparations. Particularly recommended with dishes using sauteed wild mushrooms or butter sauces."

Technical Notes
"Laura Catena has a vision of creating a new breed of Argentine wines: small quantities, artisanquality, and true to their individual terroirs. She is a pioneer in Mendoza for working closely with smallgrowers to grow very high quality grapes from some of Argentina's best low-yield, high elevationvineyards. State-of-the-art winemaking and oak aging (primarily French) elevate the wines to a qualitylevel demanded by true wine connoisseurs. The final varietal blends deliver power along withcomplexity and finesse. They are the ultimate expression of rigorous vineyard management &experimentation, strict irrigation controls, skilled winemaking, and a quest for quality at any cost. From vineyards at 4,710 feet, 15 year old vines. Hand-harvested, whole cluster press. 100% barrel-fermented and malolactic. Lightly fined and filtered. 14 months in 30% new and 70% one-year French barriques, aged sur lies. 14.5% alc."
Wine Advocate
"93 pts .. 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 mist that might develop botrytis in the grapes to provide that character. The palate is sharp, focused and has nicely defined flavors, good length and a chalky minerality."

Stephen Tanzer
"90 pts ... Sexy aromas of pear and baking spices. Supple, creamy, broad and sweet, with layered flavors of peach and lees given grip by a mineral element. Plenty of spicy oak here, but has the concentration of fruit to wear it gracefully. This rich Chardonnay conveys good energy but also has the early accessibility to give immediate pleasure."