Catena Appellation San Carlos Cabernet Franc 2018

Mendoza Province is Argentina’s most important winemaking region with approximately 167,704 hectares (414,405 acres) of vineyards, accounting for 70% of the country’s Wine production. Within the Mendoza appellation there are distinct sub-appellations, legally recognized as “Indicaciones Geográficas” (IGs). Through extraordinary diversity in soil quality, altitude, and climate, Mendoza’s sub-appellation/IGs are essential in defining the terroir of Argentine wine. Wines labeled from a particular appellation/IG must be sourced 100% from vineyards in the IG.

 

Wine Production

100% varietal wines blended from vineyards located in El Cepillo, La Consulta and Paraje Altamira, all of them, districts from San Carlos.  Cabernet Franc: 12 to 20 year old vines grown in the  sandy – loam soils provides concentrated ripe red berries, with a touch of  spicy black pepper and eucalyptus. In the palate a good acidity and well integrated tannins gives a fresh and long finish.

Tasting Notes

The Catena Cabernet Franc Appellation El Cepillo presents a purple color with red ruby tones. The nose offers elegant aromas of spices, and fresh herbs as thyme and rosemary, red berries, cassis and raspberries, with layers of cedar. The mouthfeel is full and rich with cassis, raspberries flavors and notes of black pepper and oregano . The finish is bright and fresh with finely grained tannins.

Food Pairing

This versatile wine is fantastic paired with rich meat dishes such as stews and braises, Latin dishes with heat and a little kick such as enchiladas or moles and lamb dishes and tomato based pasta and sauces.  Additionally this wine is delicious paired with dark chocolate and berries and also served alongside a cheese plate. 

Production Info
Production area/appellation
San Carlos
Vineyard name
El Cepillo
Vineyard size
100 acres
Soil composition
Clay, Silt, and Sand
Training method
VSP
Elevation
3,960 feet
Vines/acre
2,200
Yield/acre
2.4 tons
Exposure
Northwestern
Year vineyard planted
n/a
Harvest time
April
First vintage of this wine
2006
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
100% Cabernet Franc
Fermentation container
Stainless steel tanks
Age of Aging Container
New
Length of alcoholic fermentation
20 days
Fermentation temperature
80 °F
Maceration technique
Pumpovers
Maceration length
10
Malolactic fermentation
Yes
Type of aging container
Barriques
Length of bottle aging
8 months
Size of aging container
225 L
Type of oak
French
Length of aging before bottling
12 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol
13.3 %
pH level
3.6
Residual sugar
1.8 g/L
Acidity
5.74 g/L

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