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Encendido

Encendido
2014 Single Vineyard Barrel Fermented, Cabernet Franc, Uco Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: Argentina
Alcohol: 15% RS: <1%
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$65
Cellar Selection

Encendido
2014 Single Vineyard Barrel Fermented, Cabernet Franc, Uco Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: Argentina
Alcohol: 15% RS: <1%
Black violet color. Aromas of prunes, raisin, roasted aliums, and sweet pea blossom with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish medium-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long cinnamon stick, nutmeg, dry earth, and compressed watermelon finish with firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. A sturdy and serious Cab Franc with aging potential; fans of Ripasso wines may find a match here.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Oaky, Rich & Full & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: prunes, raisin, roasted aliums, and sweet pea blossom
Taste Flavor: cinnamon stick, nutmeg, dry earth, and compressed watermelon
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-6 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Red Wine Braised Shortribs, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A sturdy and serious Cab Franc with aging potential; fans of Ripasso wines may find a match here.

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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.