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Luca Beso de Dante 2009

Bordeaux Red Blends from Argentina
  • RP94
14% ABV
  • JS93
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Aromas of toasty oak, cassis and smoke. Cascades of red and blackcurrant fruit on the palate. Medium-bodied and classically structured with good density. The Cabernet fruit melds seamlessly with the Malbec, creating a well-structured and balanced blend with moderate tannins and a lengthy finish. A wine that combines real class with excitement.

This Cab-lovers blend will pair well with any Bordeaux or California Cabernet-friendly dishes such as steak, pork, lamb, and strong cheeses. Can handle any dish with cream or butter sauces.

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RP 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2009 Beso de Dante is a blend of 50% Malbec, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Cabernet Franc aged for 18 months in 70% new French oak before bottling without fining or filtration. Pain grille, pencil lead, herbs, spices, and assorted black fruits are just some of the elements that titillate the nose. Medium-bodied with a sense of elegance, this savory, layered, plush offering needs at least 3-4 years of additional cellaring to reveal its full potential. Drink it from 2013 to 2024+.
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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.

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With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to create complex wines with many different layers of flavors and aromas, or to create more balanced wines. For example, a variety that is soft and full-bodied may be combined with one that is lighter with naturally high acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

YNG756126_2009 Item# 117385

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