2015 Superuco "Calcareo Granito" Cabernet Franc Tupungato

SKU #1371473 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The Cabernet Franc ages for longer in barrel than the rest of the Calcáreo wines and therefore is bottled and released later than the rest of the range. So, I tasted the 2015 Calcáreo Cabernet Franc de Gualta, which is called Calcáreo de Granito de Tupungato Cabernet Franc in some markets. It's produced with full clusters, and it has a very peppery and slightly earthy feeling to it. There's always a reminiscence with a Chinon here, as it's dry, herbal and austere. They now mention the granite-based soils on the label, and it has the austerity of the soils, with grainy minerality, freshness and length, very expressive. (LG)  (6/2018)

92 points Vinous

 (vinified entirely with whole clusters): Medium ruby-red; as dark as the Calcáreo Malbec. Wild aromas and flavors of black raspberry, licorice, leather and game. Wonderfully sweet (actually 2.6 g/l r.s.) and distinctly high-toned; offers impressive density but it's hard to predict how this slightly funky wine will age. Best today on the sweet, resounding aftertaste. Gerardo Michelini asserted that it's the Cabernet Franc vinified with whole clusters that gives the wine its wildness, not brettanomyces. The wine was lightly fined with diatomaceous earth but not filtered. (AG)  (7/2018)

K&L Notes

As the name suggests, this Cabernet Franc hails from a particularly calcareous and granitic parcel. The winemaking is unusual, involving whole clusters with a brief one month stint in amphora prior to racking to used barrels for 18 months. Rich and brawny, with intense blackberry fruit that finishes quite dry, this is indeed rather Chinon like, perhaps with more weight, and loads of personality.


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Varietal:

Cabernet Franc

- While Cabernet Franc, a parent with Sauvignon Blanc to the ubiquitous Cabernet Sauvignon, frequently plays second fiddle in Bordeaux blends (though it does get more props on the Right Bank, where it dominates Cheval Blanc), this lighter, higher acid/lower tannin, early-maturing, perfumed red varietal is far from a wallflower. It is the headliner in the Loire Valley appellations of Saumur-Champigny, Bourgueil, St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil, Chinon and Anjou-Villages, where it makes exceptional, food-friendly wines. Outside of France, Cabernet Franc can be found in northern Italy, particularly in Friuli and in California where it is frequently used as a blending grape in Bordeaux-style wines. Heartier in the cold than Cabernet Sauvignon, Cab Franc is gaining a foothold in northern and eastern wine regions like Canada, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
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Argentina

- Argentina is regarded as one of the most dynamic wine-producing nations in the world, and possibly the most important wine-producing region in South America. Only four countries in the world produce more wine than Argentina. Considerable investments (much of which has come from famous French, Italian and California wine producers) have been made in new vineyards and winemaking technology in the past several years, which along with recent plantings of more premium varieties of grapes, has made Argentina much more competitive internationally. The Mendoza region is the most important region in Argentina's wine industry. And Malbec, among other Bordeaux varietals grown here, reigns supreme.
Alcohol Content (%): 14