Malbec Nico by Luca 2007 Stephen Tanzer

Malbec Nico by Luca 2007

91 points, Stephen Tanzer

($120; just four barrels made) Bright saturated ruby. The nose offers an almost roasted ripeness to the aromas of dark fruits and bitter chocolate. Large-scaled, even massive, with a seamless wave of black fruit, dark chocolate and mocha flavor washing over the palate. An incredibly lush and full wine with broad fine-grained tannins and compellingly rich, deep finishing flavors of dark berries and chocolate. But I still prefer the 2008 Beso de Dante for its definition and verve. (Vine Connections, Sausalito, CA)