Cabernet Franc with Little Oak


Not nearly as popular as its better known relative -Cabernet Sauvignon- Cabernet Franc is slowly gaining more adepts. The grape yields wines of medium body and marked herbal character when made in its home, the banks of thealluvia Loire (Chinon) or in cool areas, including Vancouver’s own wine backyard, the Okanagan. Just like Chardonnay or other grapes that offer different flavors and aromas depending on the weather where they are cultivated, Cabernet Franc does the same and this example from Uco Valley, in Argentina,  is a delicious one.

Doña Paula, a winery well known by Vancouverites for its Malbecs, brings its Alluvia Cabernet Franc, a scrumptious drink of tremendous inky crimson that saturates the nose with spice and floral aromas.  It is bigger than its cool weather counterparts and its fruit stands out a lot more, due to the minimum oak treatment. The vibrant red fruit and  a touch of vanilla do not mask the quintessential herbaceaous streak so typical of the variety.

Product: Alluvia

Variety: Cabernet Franc

Vintage: 2006

Winery: Doña Paula

Origin: Valle de Uco, Mendoza

Alcohol: 14.5%

Price: 19.99 (was 25.99 when introduced)

Recommended? Absolutely!

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