Cabernet Franc Appellation Series San Carlos 2017


Cabernet Franc Appellation Series San Carlos

Regulated designation
Geographical Indication (GI)
Valle de Uco
Cabernet Franc 100 %
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About this winery

At heart, Catena is a story about family. Family who poured their lives, passion and spirit into transforming scrub-laden desert into some of the most beautiful and unique vineyards in the world. Family that passed their knowledge from generation to generation, blending collective memory with state-of-the-art science from the new world of viticulture. Family who, through risk-taking, faith and a little luck, transformed their treasured Mendoza terroir into the fountainhead of the award-winning...

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Notes about product

Grapes are sourced from the San Carlos Vineyard at an altitude of 3576 ft. Alluvial in origin, the soil is loamy/sandy with thick calcareous layers and rounded rocks on the bottom.

Winemaking notes

This wine goes through cold maceration for 3 days at 10ºC. The juice is then fermented for 20 days with a post-fermentation maceration of 10 days. Aged 12 months in barrel (35% new) using 100% French oak.

Tasting notes

Concentrated ripe red berries, a touch of eucalyptus and black pepper, robust tannins and a smooth, lengthy finish.

Press reviews

Wine Advocate

- 90 points -

June 2018

Along with the 2016, I also tasted the following vintage, the 2017 Appellation San Carlos Cabernet Franc. This is from a warmer and slightly riper year, and the wine shows softer and riper. It matured in 100% French oak barrels before it was bottled in 2018.

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July 2018

Bright medium ruby-red. Classic aromatic Cabernet Franc nose offers blackberry, spices and violet, plus a faint hint of creosote. Concentrated, floral and energetic, delivering a wonderfully suave, fine-grained texture and a sexy oak element. The finish features building tannins and rising spicy length. A distinctly serious Cabernet Franc for aging. Vigil told me he considers this to be a perfect example of the variety.

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