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The wines of Luigi Bosca, Familia Arizu, Mendoza, Argentina

Alcia M. de Justo 740, Suite 7, 1107 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Website: www.luigibosca.com.ar
E-mail: luigibosca@aluigibosca.com.ar

UK agent: H&H Bancroft (www.bancroftwines.com)

The Arizu family have been making wine for a while, and have lots of vineyards in prime bits of Mendoza. In all, the Luigi Bosca estate has around 400 hectares of vines in LuyŠn de Cujo and Maipķ.

There are three ranges of wines here. First, an entry level, named ĎLa Lindaí, which I didnít taste on this occasion. Then the core range, and finally, a series of blends labeled Gala 1, 2 and 3.

As with many Argentinean producers, the whites are a bit more varied in quality than the reds, which are the star of the show here. In particular, the Gala 2 red is a reminder that thereís more to Mendoza than just Malbec, good though Malbec undoubtedly is.

Luigi Bosca Sauvignon Blanc Reserva 2005 Mendoza
An unusual interpretation of Sauvignon, this has a full-on nose that combines ripe fruit with an aggressive herbal streak. The fresh, full palate has a herbal edge. A bit odd. 82/100

Luigi Bosca Gala 3 2005 Mendoza
A blend of 50% Viognier, 40% Chardonnay (fermented in oak) and 10% Riesling. The sweet, open nose is rich, melony and a bit oily. Itís quite rich and sweetly fruited on the palate: a rich, fat style of white wine. 87/100

Luigi Bosca Chardonnay Finca Los Nobles 2003 Mendoza
Fermented and aged in new French oak. The smooth, sweetly fruited nose has a rich, mealy edge to it. The palate is smooth, concentrated and sweetly fruited. A rounded sort of Chardonnay thatís quite elegant. 89/100

Luigi Bosca Malbec Reserva 2003 Mendoza
Fresh, bright red and black fruits nose. The palate shows nicely poised sweet fruit with a savoury twist. Good stuff. 90/100

Luigi Bosca Gala 1 2003 Mendoza
80% Malbec with 15% Petit Verdot and 5% Tannat. It has an interesting, rather complex nose that displays herb-tinged spicy fruit and some oak. Rich, full, spicy, oaky palate has a nice old-fashioned feel to it (this is meant in a positive sense). 89/100

Luigi Bosca Gala 2 2003 Mendoza
Just to show that Mendoza is not a one-trick (Malbec) pony, hereís a brilliant Bordeaux blend, consisting of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Merlot. Forward, sweet blackcurrant and red berry fruit here, with a nice, spicy lift. Lovely rich, sweet fruit on the palate. I love the juicy, fresh and spicy character of this wine. 91/100

Luigi Bosca Malbec Verdot Finca Los Nobles 2001 Mendoza
Malbec and Petit Verdot; 2 years in oak. Lovely vivid, spicy nose is complex with red and black fruits. The palate is concentrated and bold with a nice spicy edge. Complex, full, bold and intense. 92/100

Wines tasted 09/06
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