Full Review

Bressia

Bressia
2016 Monteagrelo, Cabernet Franc, Mendoza

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: Argentina
Alcohol: 14% RS: <1%
89 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$27

Bressia
2016 Monteagrelo, Cabernet Franc, Mendoza

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: Argentina
Alcohol: 14% RS: <1%
Dark garnet color. Aromas of grilled bell pepper, raspberry jam, roasted root vegetables, red cassis, and plum tart with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a silky, snappy cacao nib and paprika finish with medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. An earthy Cabernet Franc with food-friendly acidity and accessible style.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Savory
Aroma Aroma: grilled bell pepper, raspberry jam, roasted root vegetables, red cassis, and plum tart
Taste Flavor: cacao nib and paprika
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Pot Roast, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An earthy Cabernet Franc with food-friendly acidity and accessible style.

The Producer or Importer

Kysela Pere Et Fils, Ltd.

The Producer or  Importer
331 Victory Rd
Winchester, VA 22602
USA
1 540-722-9228

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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.