$30, 5 stars, 92 points, Argentina, Cabernet franc, Mendoza, organic grapes
Not quite opaque, this deep ruby Cabernet Franc has medium viscosity legs (14% ABV). The nose has bright aromas- violets, black raspberry, bell pepper, vanilla, baking spices, black plums and an interesting purple twizzler note. The palate is dry with medium acidity and crunchy tannins that are medium (+) in intensity. A touch astringent- the mouthfeel leads to a medium-to-full body with flavors of black plum and raspberry, vanilla bean and oak spices. The tannins really grip on the back end where they get a little more fine-grained. On the initial push they were very raw and coarse. This wine could use aerating methinks. I like the finish, it’s pretty long in length and the florals that I got on the nose reappear alongside the dark red fruit and softening tannins. I have been simmering a Port reduction sauce to go over some grilled Strip steaks, this wine is going to pair beautifully. 92 points from me for this $30 offering makes it a 5 star effort to drink till 2030. Salut….