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Catena San Carlos Cabernet Franctext
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16½/20

Catena San Carlos Cabernet Franc 2018

San Carlos, Central Region, Mendoza, ArgentinaCatena is one of Argentina's leading producers, and not just for the quality of their wines. They were named the world's most admired wine brand in 2020 (number two in 2021), and they continue to push the envelope through initiatives like the Catena Institute. The nose here primes you for a bold style of cabernet franc, with black cherry, plum, subtle dried herbs, and well-integrated chocolatey oak. But it’s surprisingly elegant on the palate, more medium-bodied than full, and clocks in at a reasonable 13.5% abv. A little more time may allow for the oak to further integrate, but it’s a pleasure to drink now, with a slight hint of sweetness (5 g/L residual sugar) helping to smooth the fine-grained tannins. Good value at $20 in Ontario.Tasted: 01 March 2021Tasted by: Geoffrey Moss MWPrices: BC 33.00 select private retailers AB 24.50 select private retailers MB 26.00 select private retailers ON 19.95 LCBO Producer: Bodega Catena ZapataDistributors: E. & J. Gallo Winery Canada, Ltd.
Grape: Cabernet FrancCSPC: 64121UPC: 7794450002853