Cabernet Franc, 2017. Solo Contigo

Cabernet Franc, 2017. Solo Contigo

Item #: C0922R2
Vintage: 2017
Varietal: Cabernet Franc
Vineyard/Appellation: Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
Color: Medium Magenta
Nose: Plum, Anise
Palate: Textured Fruit
Finish: Authoritative, Engaging
Rating: 97
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now thru 2023/Red Meat/13.6% Alcohol by Volume

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Solo Contigo translates to "Only with you." The winery was founded in the Uco Valley of Argentina by a Canadian couple, Noel and Terry Neelands, who besides their love of wine are also art collectors. Their wine adventure began in Argentina in 2009 when they purchased land suitable for growing grapes.

Cabernet Franc must sit next to its big brother, uncle, father or whatever you want to call it, Cabernet Sauvignon. Yes, it is a direct descendent of Cabernet Sauvignon, however it has more often been confused with Merlot because of the similarities it has with regard to leaf structure and flavor. As one of the five allowed grapes in Bordeaux, it has its own place in the mix, and occasionally takes center stage. Cabernet Franc is often confused with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in blind tastings, but when tasted side by side, there are several differences. Franc tended to be a bit leaner and more acidic, which is why it was almost always blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. However, many wineries have learned how to handle the grape differently and are turning out stunning wines with Cabernet Franc.

This is the first Cabernet Franc we've featured from Argentina and it is a beauty. Earlier renditions were weedy and tart, but our Solo Contigo rates with many of the great Cabernet Sauvignons and Merlots we've featured in the past. At first, the black fruit penetrates the senses but then evolves into lengthy billowing of raspberries and cocoa. Try with brick flattened chicken or lamb skewers.