Cabernet Franc Appellation Series San Carlos 2018


Cabernet Franc Appellation Series San Carlos


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Product code
12 x 750ml
Listing type
Private Retail - Special Order
Product type
Still wine
Regulated designation
Geographical Indication (GI)
Valle de Uco
Cabernet Franc 100 %
Closure type
Brand website

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.

Production 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

- 92 points -

October 2019

Yields for Cabernet Franc in 2018 were low, so there is less of the 2018 Appellation San Carlos Cabernet Franc, but the style goes back to the style of the 2016 more than the 2017, with very good freshness and very good integration of the oak, which is quite transparent and lets the character of the cool place come through in a more precise way. It's easily identifiable as Cabernet Franc, it's integrated and it makes you salivate.

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- 90 points -

Stephen Tanzer, September 2019

A rich, dark-plum and purple-berry nose here with violets and spiced currants, as well as freshly baked biscuits. The palate has such clarity and openness with smoothly delivered, fresh, ripe plums at the gently spicy finish. Drink now.

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