Malbec Nico by Luca 2009, Wine Advocate
Nico By Luca Malbec 2009
Wine Advocate,Oct 2012
It is always awkward when a wine is named after somebody’s sonor daughter – what if the wine is awful? Fortunately, Luca’sflagship wine named after Laura Catena’s daughter is sublime.The 2009 Nico by Luca is a pure Malbec from Altamira and LaConsulta in the Uco Valley, from 51-year-old vines. The fruit isaged in French barriques of which 70% are new. It has a veryelegant bouquet of wild strawberry, red currant, orange zest andcrushed stone that is beautifully defined. The palate ismedium-bodied with crisp tannins. It is a complex wine withblackberry, bell pepper, red peppercorns, cumin and a touch offennel towards the finish, which is harmonious and very elegant.This is an outstanding Malbec that will age with style. Just 200three-packs made. Drink 2013-2025.