2012 Bodega Del Fin del Mundo Single Vineyard Cabernet Franc, Patagonia, Argentina
After fermentation, it was aged for 18 months in American and French oak wine barrels.
Wine Facts for 2012 Vintage
Alcohol: 14,4 % vol.
Residual Sugar: 2,10 gr/lt
Total Acidity: 5,25 gr/lt
This single vineyard Argentinian wine comes in a pretty dark red color, dark red and nearly black to the core, dark red with hints of orange hues to the rim betraying this is a 5-year-old wine at the time of tasting.
The nose is powerful, and feels sophisticatedly deep.
Clearly there is a Cabernet signature in the aromatic profile. Those familiar with a solid Bordeaux or a Napa Cab won’t be thrown out by it. But this is Cabernet Franc, not you’re more-common Cabernet Sauvignon.
Still, it is filled with a wealth of generous ripe red berry aromas, blackberry and cassis jam (blackcurrant) which is so typical of the Cabernet family of grapes. It also displays plenty of deep and well-integrated oaky notes of vanilla, clove, caramel and the typical wood smokiness (or fireplace ashes) good Cabernets take on while aged in fine French oak barrels, and through bottle ageing.
A charming, rich, deep and concentrated aromatic profile! Clearly smelling more like a rich Bordeaux-like wine, rather than your average Loire-like light-hearted Cabernet Franc.
The palate confirms this impression, it’s generous and full-bodied, with dense velvety tannins.
Powerful flavors of clove, caramel, and oaky hazelnut complement pungent berry jam notes lifted by a solid alcohol strength. Complex and layered it is to taste, smooth overall and opulent from a great concentration, tune up and refined by an obvious yet well-integrated abundance of oak.
A Cabernet Franc in a Bordeaux-like, or Napa-like if you prefer, New-World style, richly-flavored and densely tannic. Long and layered, it displays an abundance of long-lasting flavors, in a very enjoyable balance between finesse and power, yet overall, on the alcoholic powerful side of the grape variety.
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