More highly recommended Cabernet Franc from Argentina, the Zuccardi Q Cabernet Franc.
100% Cabernet Franc from vineyards at 3,600 - 4,500 feet of elevation in Paraje Altamira and San Pablo, Valle de Uco, Mendoza, Argentina. The wine ages in 2,500 liter foudres (large wooden vats) and has just 1.8 g/L of residual sugar.
Sample submitted for review. The Zuccardi Q Cabernet Franc has an SRP of $20 and is available for as low as $15. Ready to buy? Check your local retailers. Imported by Winesellers LTD.
Zuccardi Q Cabernet Franc is sourced from selected vineyards in Paraje Altamira (70% - 3608 ft) and San Pablo (30% - 4593 ft), Uco Valley. It has a ruby red color with firm tannins; great fresh fruit aromas with lush acidity and a long finish. It can be consumed now, but will age beautifully for several years.
The front label image illustrates the stone walls of the Zuccardi winery rising from the Uco Valley soils symbolizing how the Andes mountains emerged millions of years ago.
We're continuing on with our exploration of Argentinean Cabernet Franc today with an entry from the Zuccardi Q line (like the previously recommended Q Tempranillo).
The 2017 Zuccardi Q Cabernet Franc is the first vintage of this wine and it sets the bar high. Opening with red and black cherry, violets and other floral notes plus a hint of bell pepper, the aroma is quite nice. The real specialness; however, happens in the mouth where you are greeted with a wonderful explosion of concentrated and juicy fruit flavors like blackberry and black cherry. Add to that a lush mouthfeel and this medium bodied wine is simply a delight to drink.
It ends dry, slightly chewy and quite long with lots of lingering tart dark fruit on the finish.
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