Luca Syrah Laborde Double Select 2011 - Wine Spectator

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Nathan WesleyPosted: September 21, 2012Tasting Highlights bring the best wines from our editors’ most recent tastings members.Argentina is Malbec country, turning out a wealth of dark, juicy reds at excellentprices. Leading this report are two outstanding bottles for $25 each. The Dominio delPlata Malbec Mendoza Susana Balbo Signature 2011 includes 10 percent CabernetSauvignon and gains added structure from aging for 13 months in French oakbarrels, 80 percent new. And the Trapiche Malbec Mendoza Finca Las Palmas 2008,sourced from the Uco Valley, displays the additional spice character typical ofextended bottle aging.Trapiche also crafted a terrific value with its Malbec Mendoza Oak Cask 2011, a 100percent Malbec cuvée sourced from various vineyards located from 2,500 to 3,500feet above sea level. It displays the racy, fresh fruit character of the cool, latevintage, backed by rich mocha notes gained from short-term aging in a combinationof French and American oak barrels.Winemakers are also demonstrating their talents with other grapes. The Luca SyrahUco Valley Laborde Double Select 2011 exhibits solid varietal character combinedwith the freshness and minerality associated with the cooler climate found in the UcoValley. And Spaniard José Manuel Ortega has exported his native Tempranillo grapeto the region and offers a firm yet ripe and floral version under the Urban label fromhis winery, Bodegas y Viñedos O. Fournier.


LUCA Syrah Uco Valley Laborde Double Select 2011 Score: 90 | $25

A dense, juicy red, displaying rich plum, crushed wild berry, spice, game and lightearth notes that follow through on the long, minerally finish. Drink now. 2,800 casesimported. —N.W.