Andeluna Cabernet Franc de Tupungato 2007, Mendoza, Argentina


I always look forward to blends or varietals when Cabernet Franc is part of the equation.  I think that so many red wines should have some Cabernet Franc mixed in for two reasons: Cabernet Franc helps wine stand up in terms of structure (some call it backbone) and also the fruit aspect isn’t necessarily all that different from Cabernet Sauvignon, so it could add a great harmonizing echo to a good number of reds out there.  And when it is a single varietal like this Andeluna 2007 Cabernet Franc it has the potential to be a great solo artist.

 

On the nose CF usually shows raspberry, usually some pepper or spice.  The Andeluna Cabernet Franc fits that bill.  I also enjoyed a tiny bit of the smell of the legendary San Marzano tomato – a nice sweet tomato.  On the spice/herb end this wine showed some anise, which is always quite nice.

 

The gulp took the wine to wonderful heights.  The wine rolled around the mouth with a glossy texture.  The wine showed typical Cabernet Franc descriptors (raspberries, cassis, etc.).

 

I liked the texture most, you had the Cabernet Franc backbone and the glossy texture, very cool.

 

Musical Match: The Andeluna Cabernet Franc has a couple cool things going on, first the San Marzano tomato and the texture that works backbone and gloss.  Marrying the backbone of punk and the gloss of disco like nobody else could, Blondie’s Heart of Glass.  I found a live version that is a bit more punk/new wave than the album version, let me know if Youtube pulls this video….

 

Cheers!

Special thanks to the Wines of Argentina for providing me transportation, great lodging, amazing food and access to the wonderful wine and winemakers of Mendoza and Cafayate during a promotional tour of Argentina for 10 days in July 2011. This wine was sampled during that promotional tour.

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