Wine Review: 2006 Luca Syrah Laborde Double Select (Uco Valley, Mendoza)

First of all, I have to address a question that I had been on my mind since I picked up this wine: what is Laborde Double Select?  According to winemaker Laura Catena in an interview with Vin de la Table, it refers to Luis Laborde, who brought a select sample of Syrah vines from the Rhône. He planted them in Mendoza, studied the vines, and selected the clones that produced the best fruit, hence the double select. The vines from which the grapes for this wine were harvested are now just over 50 years old and producing great wine.

In the glass the Luca Syrah was a deep, saturated, rich purple that shows no signs of having aged. The nose was attractive and vibrant with loads of fresh blueberry and ripe black cherries, kirsch, dust, and pepper. Dark chocolate, black licorice, dark fruits, and cedar create an interesting palate. Medium bodied with a solid core of acidity and tannins that have started to dissipate a bit with age. Moderately long finish. Very good.

At Vinodivino for about $22.

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Katrin is one of the co-founders of Wine Dine With Us. She enjoys sharing her love of wine on the blog, and is particularly fond of wines from Argentine, Alto Adige, and Germany. A lifelong environmentalist, Katrin has become increasingly interested in issues of sustainability in wine and food, local food production, biodynamics, and organic agriculture. When not drinking wine and writing about it, she is a nonprofit professional, specializing in fundraising and special events.

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