Uco Valley, Mendoza
Along with other Bordelaise varietals, Cabernet Franc grows impeccably well in Argentina. Furthermore, we are a huge fan of the Uco Valley and their balanced, structured and bold wines - and this Cab Franc showcases all these qualities perfectly! We have followed Mi Terruño for years now, and if you are a long time member, you may remember their Uvas Syrah or even the Reserve Malbec, but this is the first time we have showcased their Cab Franc. The Uco Valley has many attributes that define the area from the rest of the greater Mendoza wine region. At the base of the Andes, the elevation is higher than most, with hot days and cool nights producing the ability to create perfect phenolic ripeness - meaning that the aromas are able to develop fully without losing acidity and risking over-ripening. This is why the wines of Uco Valley are renowned for their floral character and strong aromas. The Mi Terruño Cab Franc, when perfectly ripened, is harvested by hand and spends seven months in French barrels after fermentation. The resulting wine has loads of flavour and depth! Although not necessary, we suggest decanting 30-60 minutes if you have the patience. This wine can be enjoyed today or tuck away until 2031! Serve at 18 C.
Expressive nose of ripe raspberries, cherry cola, and fresh strawberries with just a hint of Cabernet Franc's hallmark stemminess. The 7 months in oak barrels contribute toasty notes of tobacco, vanilla bean and dark chocolate that balance the exuberant fruit.
Rich and mouth-filling, with more fresh raspberries, cherry and blueberry, along with a lovely brambly rusticity. The finish is long and dry, and the tannins are nicely developed and integrated. It increases in complexity as it opens up in the glass, but youthful fruit notes are dominant, suggesting a long and graceful aging period still lies ahead!
You definitely don't need a special occasion to enjoy this wine, but it is worth the fuss! Pair with a center-cut pork chop seasoned with rosemary and plenty of fresh-cracked black pepper. A great veggie option is a rustic ragout with earthy flavours.