10 May 2017

An impressive take on Cabernet Franc from the Uco Valley, Mendoza

An impressive take on Cabernet Franc from the Uco Valley, Mendoza

Argentina has been expanding its range of wines outside of its mainstay Malbec. Bordeaux varietals have shown impressive promise with the Cabernet family leading the way.

Cabernet Sauvignon is a given, but the real interest seems to be on Cabernet Franc, which is one of the parent grapes of Cabernet Sauvignon. It may not be as well known, but it has proven pedigree, being a main component in some of the world's greatest red wines, think of the blends from the right bank of Bordeaux.

As a blending grape or on its own, Cabernet Franc is now on the radar screen and when you get the opportunity to try a wine like the just released 2015 Antucura 'Tani Vineyard' Cabernet Franc it is pretty easy to see the promise and potential. A high density planted, single vineyard offering, only around 300 cases were produced. The vineyard is in the privileged location of Vista Flores in the high altitude Uco Valley. This has the classic peppery spice and herbal lift of the varietal, but none of the greener edged notes associated with under-ripe Cabernet Franc. This is ripe and fuller bodied with a mouth feel that is supple with nicely integrated tannins. We are offering the 2015 Antucura 'Tani Vineyard' Cabernet Franc for $19.99 a bottle and $16.99 on a six bottle or more purchase. For those who appreciate well-made Cabernet Franc you are going to love this one.

Posted by Gregg 00:00:00

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