15 May 2016
A Wine Spectator Top 100 pick for 2015, and the first DOC in Argentina
Sometimes patience is its own reward. We tried an advance sample of the 2013 Luigi Bosca Lujan de Cuyo Single Vineyard Malbec that had been shipped in directly from Argentina a number of months back
We were never sure if it was going to arrive into our market. With good fortune we can now say it is finally available for us to sell. Besides being a flat out delicious wine, this has an interesting story. The Arizu family, fourth generation vintners in Mendoza, made this wine and were instrumental in getting the Lujan de Cuyo DOC established in 1989. Generally only used for European wine production, the DOC system allows wines of a certain quality that represent their region’s tipicity to display DOC on their label. The Lujan de Cuyo region is directly south of Mendoza city and is the only DOC in Argentina so far. Historically the Lujan de Cuyo was used for grape growing in the very early days of Mendoza, long before places like the Uco Valley. One of the things that a DOC requires is a long track record. Another requirement is a high quality and a certain character that distinguishes the wines from other regions.
What gives this story some gravitas, other than it is an exceptional Malbec, is the fact that it was one of Wine Spectator's top picks for 2015, chosen as a Top 100 selection (# 81). Many times the wines on this list have long sold out before the awards are even published at the end of the year. Not so here, as it has just arrived onto our shores and it is ready to go. We are offering this highly anointed Mendoza Malbec for $21.99 a bottle and $19.79 on six bottle or more. There is not much available so as always first come first served.
Posted by Gregg 00:00:00