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Inkarri

Inkarri
2016 Estate Bottled, Cabernet Franc, Luján de Cuyo

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: Argentina
Alcohol: 13% RS: .223%
Certified Organic-Organically Grown Grapes
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$13.99
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Inkarri
2016 Estate Bottled, Cabernet Franc, Luján de Cuyo

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: Argentina
Alcohol: 13% RS: .223%
Deep purple color. Perfumed aromas and flavors of sweet dark berry melange, violet petals, earth, and heirloom tomato and watermelon salad with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, long finish with overtones of fine leather furniture, gooseberry, soy sauce, peaches and cream, and fragrant toasty tobacco with well-integrated, crunchy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A beautiful and serious wine with a hint of sweetness; serve with zesty steaks.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Rich & Full, Spicy & Complex & Oaky
Aroma Aroma: sweet dark berry melange, violet petals, earth, and heirloom tomato and watermelon salad
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with overtones of fine leather furniture, gooseberry, soy sauce, peaches and cream, and fragrant toasty tobacco
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-6 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Bone In Ribeye Steak With A White Pepper Demi-Glaze Sauce, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A beautiful and serious wine with a hint of sweetness; serve with zesty steaks.

The Importer

Natural Merchants, Inc.

The Importer
560-A NE F St, Suite 330
Grants Pass, OR 97526
USA
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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.