Big, burly with a meaty, beefy nature, this wine is like a classic Barossa Shiraz with a steroid injection.
Luchador, by R Wines, was a lucky find for me; the result of Carey and I arriving the park completely unprepared, with only two lowly Blue Moons in tow, which I am sure you already read about. This actually was a calculated manipulation on my part—a stealthy plan to give me unfettered access (on Carey’s behalf) to a wine store I don’t frequent much any more. With no corkscrew, a screw-top bottle was the only precondition. I wasn’t exactly expecting to have to purchase new stemware (singular, we shared), hoping they would have some plastic cups or something, but I did get a pretty cool Burgundy glass for 8 bucks.
Not to mention, we looked pretty cool sitting in the park sipping from an oversized Pinot glass.
I found the Luchador on a wall of select 90+ rated wines under $30. It was Australian, hence a screw top; certainly interesting, hence the wrestler portraits; and the price was right, at about $13.
- Opened with uncharacteristic, but pleasing, pine and cedar aromas.
- Round and smooth from the start, no alcohol burn-off, this is not an overly earthy or savory-spiced wine, nor a tannic one.
- Chocolate and mocha flavors play huge roll with Luchador.
- Soft, sweet baking spices and cigar box/pipe smoke add to the generous layering.
- Black fruit based – blueberry, black cherry and currant.
- The flavors are extracted and apparent, deep and brooding, velvety and lush.
I wasn’t surprised to see a pretty serious buzz online around Luchador. After three vintages, all scoring 90 points and above on Parker, the only thing holding this wine back is its production numbers, of which I am unaware.
If you like big, juicy, flavor nuanced Australian wines, this is it. More than just a jammy A-bomb, this wine is a rare find.