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Altamira del los Andes

Altamira del los Andes
2013 Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Uco Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Pasta Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: Argentina
Alcohol: 14%
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$28.99

Altamira del los Andes
2013 Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Uco Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Pasta Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: Argentina
Alcohol: 14%
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of leather, frosted spice cake, and rose garden with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-length finish displaying notes of plump raisin, juicy plum, espresso, and butterscotch with well-integrated, earthy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A fruit-forward yet earthy argentine cab with a juicy center.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky, Rich & Full & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: leather, frosted spice cake, and rose garden
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of plump raisin, juicy plum, espresso, and butterscotch
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing: Braised Oxtail Ravioli, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A fruit-forward yet earthy argentine cab with a juicy center.

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Cabernet Franc

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Serve in a Cabernet Wine Glass
Cabernet Franc is very closely related to cabernet sauvignon; it is widely presumed that cabernet franc is just a well established mutation. It is ideally suited to cooler climates, as it buds and ripens earlier than cabernet sauvignon. Additionally, it is less susceptible to poor weather during harvest. In the Medoc and Graves region of Bordeaux, where it typically constitutes about 15% of the final blend, it is seen as a measure of insurance against poor cabernet sauvignon or merlot weather. Cabernet franc used to be planted almost as widely as cabernet sauvignon in Bordeaux well into the 60s, but cabernet sauvignon had swung into such favor that 30 years later it had twice the acreage of cabernet franc.

Cabernet franc tends to be lighter in color and tannins than cabernet sauvignon, with an earlier-maturing character. On Bordeaux's Right Bank, cabernet franc has a stronger foothold, and is best known as the dominant grape in the blend for the famed château, Cheval Blanc. It is the most widely planted red varietal in the Loire, where it yields lighter wines, like Chinon, with distinct herbal overtones. US cabernet francs are still largely in the experimental stage; there is a huge spectrum of interpretations, from heavy Napa wines to lighter styles from the East Coast.

Cabernet Franc is noted for its deep ruby red color and peppery, spicy character. It has moderate tannins and good acidity. Generally a Cabernet Franc should be consumed with some age - at least five years - while the finest versions drink well for more than twenty years.

Pair Cabernet Franc with hearty foods such as wild game, game birds and roasts.