Luigi Bosca Icono is the winery’s most important & iconic wine made from vines with an average age of 90 years of age.
A bright and intense ruby red wine
With balanced and elegant aromas, whose expression is subtle and complex at the same time. Its delicate notes are reminiscent of spices and wild fruits and herbs.
It is straightforward and clean in the mouth, with fine textures and a fruity character perfectly integrated into its ageing notes. Fresh, smooth, harmonic, and clear in the palate, with a persistent finish during which its great ageing potential can be perceived. A true icon of the family; a modern blend made out of the best components and the best intentions.
Continental climate, with a wide temperature range between day and night, and well-defined seasons which contribute to a good growth of the vines. The altitude and its microclimate are ideal for the grapes since they provide a unique character.
Sourced from Luigi Bosca's Los Nobles vineyard in Lujan de Cuyo. Vines are on average 90 years old and sit an elevations up to 1050 meters. Soils vary from limestone rubble and silt, to calcareous to sandy-loam.
The grapes are harvested during the morning in 18 to 20 kilograms boxes so the fruit arrives into the winery at a low temperature. The Malbec is harvested during the last week of March, and the Cabernet Sauvignon, the first and second weeks of April.
Both varieties are vinified separately with identical making: the whole grains (no breaks) are cold-macerated for five days to get the greatest potential of the fruit, after which the yeasts specially selected for each variety are added. Classic fermentation occurs in small stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature (between 25°C and 28°C), with four pumpings and two daily delestages, so there is a long maceration where the liquid is in contact with the skin for approximately 25 days. The must is moved to new French oak barrels when it has around 80 grams of sugar per liter pending fermentation. This way, a natural micro-oxygenation through the pores of the wood and the contribution of the tannins achieved promote the expression of vegetable flavors and help to fix the color.
Once the alcoholic fermentation finishes in the oaks, the malolactic fermentation starts spontaneously and the wine stays on its lees for a total of six months. The oenology team makes different blends and the three best are sent to new French oaks where they stay for other 12 months. In September, a year and a half after the harvest, the different blends are evaluated in a blind tasting and the best is chosen for Icono.
Comments by the winemaker
The 2015 vintage was well balanced, with excellent grain ripeness and firm tannins. The Malbec provides red fruit, spices and licorice, good acidity, and round and sweet tannins. The Cabernet Sauvignon provides truffles, dry fruit and minerality, in addition to significant and more rustic tannins suitable for aging. The final result is a blend of great balance, good aromatic expression and elegance.
"Blackberry, cassis, tobacco, cedar and cocoa on the nose. It’s medium-to full-bodied with firm, silky tannins and fresh acidity. Seamless and polished with a long, spiced and flavorful finish. Tight and very attractive. Drink or hold." James Suckling April 2021 Rating 93
|Cultivar||41% Malbec and 51% Cabernet Sauvignon|
14.6 % alc vol
|Units of Alcohol per Bottle||11 units|
|Cellaring Potential||25 years|
|Suggested Serving Temp||Between 15°C and 18°C.|
|Food Matches||A great wine to enjoy with special dishes, such as Segovian style suckling pig or venison bourguignon with creamy white ground maize.|
|Dietary Information||Vegan & Vegetarian approved|
|Allergen Information||Contains sulphites|