The nose is very deep, rich with figs and espresso, with a background of cedar. The nose was only a hint of the depth of the palate. It opens with blackberries and black pepper, then opens broadly to add licorice, coffee, unsweetened chocolate, and sweeter blueberry. The wine is well-structured, with loads of smooth tannins and a solid acid backbone. It is drinking beautifully now, but will easily last another five years in the cellar. Drink with a well-marbled ribeye. Highly Recommended. DH.

WHO: Luca
WHAT: Malbec
WHERE: Valle de Uco, Mendoza, Argentina
WHEN: 2007
HOW MUCH: $33

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David Honig