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Date Printed: 4/17/2014
Luca Chardonnay 2009
Luca Chardonnay 2009
(search item no. 113225)
The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 4/17/2014: $32.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Beautiful pale-gold color with enticing aromas of lemon crème, 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.

Pairs well with most fish, lobster, crab, chicken, and even many pork preparations. Particularly recommended with dishes using sautéed wild mushrooms or butter sauces. This wine will age well for years in a cellar.

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About Luca:

Laura Catena is a fourth generation winemaker who grew up in a traditional Argentine-Italian winemaking family in Mendoza. Laura splits her time between Mendoza and San Francisco, California, where she is an emergency physician, university professor and occasional tango dancer. Laura had the vision of creating a new breed of Argentine wines: small quantities, artisan quality, and true to their individual terroirs. A pioneer of small-grower relations in Mendoza, Laura's incredible, limited production wines come from some of Argentina's best fruit from low-yield, high-elevation, family-owned vineyards. The wines are named after her children - Luca, Dante and Nicola - and the background of the label is the McDermott coat of arms of her American husband, Daniel McDermott.