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Luca Laborde Double Select Syrah

Wine Details

Vineyard

Luca

Varietal

Syrah

Style

Red

Wine Description

(From 2010 Vintage) Beautiful deep purple color. The nose is like walking into a gentlemen’s poker parlor: aromas of cigar, leather, and smoked meat fill the nose with hints of toasty oak, forest floor and baking spice. Well-structured tannins support big fruit flavors of blackberry jam, black spiced cherries, ground black pepper and just a hint of rhubarb. Nice, lingering finish. L3—lush, long and loveable. Pairs well with grilled or smoked meats such as beef, pork and lamb, and dishes prepared with mild cheese or wild mushrooms.

Winemaker's Notes

Laura Catena is a pioneer in Mendoza for partnering with small, independent growers to produce the highest quality grapes from some of Argentina’s top low-yield, high-elevation vineyards. Perhaps her most distinctive is the Laborde vineyard. Over half a century ago, inspired viticulturist Luis Laborde created Argentina’s first Syrah vineyard planted through double massal selection. Laborde first traveled through France’s Rhone Valley and brought back a selection of the best mix of Syrah vines read more...Laura Catena is a pioneer in Mendoza for partnering with small, independent growers to produce the highest quality grapes from some of Argentina’s top low-yield, high-elevation vineyards. Perhaps her most distinctive is the Laborde vineyard. Over half a century ago, inspired viticulturist Luis Laborde created Argentina’s first Syrah vineyard planted through double massal selection. Laborde first traveled through France’s Rhone Valley and brought back a selection of the best mix of Syrah vines (not clones) back to Mendoza. After planting them in a local research vineyard and tracking each vine’s quality, he again selected the best of the best individual vines to plant in his own 10-acre vineyard in the Uco Valley. Laborde’s belief, shared among other leading viticulturists, was that vines lose much of their identity when reproduced through clonal selection (exact copies of DNA) since they originate from just one single vine. When a vineyard is planted from a mass selection of similar vines, but not copies, of the same variety, it adds a subtle diversity and complexity of flavors to the finished wine, much the same as brothers and sisters add flavor and interest to a single family. The Details Vintage: 2006 Varietal Composition: 100% Syrah Vineyard Locations: La Consulta Avg. Vineyard Elev.: 3,500 feet Avg. Age of Vines: 45 years Rootstock: Ungrafted Harvest Method: Hand-harvested Press Handling: No press wine Oak Regimen: 12 months in 50% new French and 50% second-use French barriques Fining: None Filtration: None Alcohol: 14.1% pH: 3.62 T.A. 5.42 Total Case Production: 2500 cases Tasting Notes/Food Pairing Suggestions Dense purple color. Aromas of toasty, smoky oak, forest floor and baking spice. Rich, lush, and mouthfilling on the palate. Deep fruit flavors of blackberry jam, blueberry, black cherry, ground black pepper and hints of sweet/spicy oak. L3—lush, long and loveable. Pairs well with grilled or smoked meats such as beef, pork, and lamb, and dishes prepared with mild cheeses or wild mushrooms. (hide)

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    builds with a very plummy start. nice finish. good for the price.

    over 4 years
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    Vanilla and wood

    almost 4 years
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    Both liked for a $25+ syrah

    almost 5 years
Expert Reviews
  • Wine Advocate
    "The 2009 Laborde Double Select Syrah (named after viticulturalist Luis Laborde and his unique vineyard) was sourced from 47-year-old ungrafted vines and aged for 14 months in 50% new French oak. Purple in color with a delectable nose of smoked meat, Asian spices, incense, blueberry, and blackberry, on the palate this layered effort is ripe, succulent, and incipiently complex. Give it 2-3 years of additional cellaring and drink it from 2012 to 2024." 92 Points - Jay Miller - Wine Advocate