Catena Appellation San Carlos Cabernet Franc 2018
Argentina is famed for Malbec, but there’s a wealth of exceptional reds from other grape varieties, the massively underrated Cabernet Franc being a prime example. If you’ll allow us a geeky digression, Cabernet Sauvignon is now the most widely planted grape variety on the planet. It’s a cross between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, so you could say that the lesser-known Cabernet Franc gave birth to the world’s most popular red wine variety. The Catenas have a historic vineyard in San Carlos full of Cabernet Franc, and it’s simply awesome. The wines produced from it is brimming with red berries, refreshing eucalyptus, black pepper and sophisticated oak, “and it makes you salivate” according to the experts at Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. Sadly, yields of Cabernet Franc were very low in 2018, so snap this up as soon as you see it.
Catena Zapata was named “The World’s Most Admired Wine Brand 2020” by Drinks International. Established in 1902, the bodega played a pioneering role in the explosion of Malbec and in exploring extreme high-altitude winemaking. Nicolás Catena Zapata, a former Decanter Man of the Year, is widely credited with putting Argentinean wine on the world map and should be placed on a level with the likes of Robert Mondavi in Napa and Angelo Gaja in Piedmont. It is “the most important winery in Argentina” according to Wine Advocate, who also notes that: “the name Catena on the label is a guarantee of quality.” The winery is now run by Dr Laura Catena, the fourth-generation vintner and a graduate of both Harvard and Stanford Universities, who is fast becoming the face of Argentinian wine. When she’s not making wine or writing books, she is a part-time physician of Emergency Medicine in San Francisco – a suitably remarkable winemaker for an equally remarkable estate.
£2.53 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 3576749
Style No.: 854818
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