I was impressed with the Garzon Tannat so I am hoping for equal results with this Cabernet Franc. It’s very dark in the glass, lovely rich color. The nose is very fruity with black berries, boysenberry and rich oak. The palate is very appealing, light in a spright kind of way but thick with flavor. Black fruits dominate with violets and a mint component thrown in for good measure. This wine is very easy on the palate, with lithe tannins and a juicy acidity. The mid palate continues the blackberry theme but in a more restrained way. It’s not jammy or full throttle. Very seductive, as I like in Cab Franc. The finish is decent in length and shows off some oak with the black fruit. It fades within 20 seconds and leaves me wanting another sip. Overall this is a good wine, but not up to the standard of the Tannat. 90 points and 5 stars for this $15 wine. Salut….
Wow, this is some inky wine. I am on a stretch of tasting some lesser known varietals for the next few days. Tannat is very popular in South America and is very tannic and raw. I am cooking Strip steaks and Cevapcici sausages, made from ground lamb which is fatty and spiced- I hope the pairing works.
The nose is blackberry jam, some charred oak and red licorice. On the palate it is as expected- fruity, primal, tannic and delicious. This is a wine made for a big South American Asado (grilling). The midpalate is so juicy it makes me pucker. Black currants, blackberry and a touch of mint all hit me. The wine is tannic, but not over dry. Black tea and licorice flavor the back end and the finish has a hint of charcoal. There is a definitive oak influence but it is deft and delicious. 91 points and 5 stars for this $15 Tannat. If you have never ventured into the lesser knowns, here is a good starting point. Drink till 2025. Salut….