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Desierto Pampa Cabernet Franc 2006 – A Successful Early Vision of Hot Climate, Argentinean Cab Franc

Desierto Pampa, Cabernet Franc 2006, Alto Valle del Rio Colorado, Argentina, Wine Casual

Desierto Pampa, Cabernet Franc 2006, Alto Valle del Rio Colorado, Argentina

Tasting Note: Taste the first vision of single-varietal, hot weather, cab franc successfully realized by visionary Paul Hobbs long before cabernet franc became fashionable.

Don’t be fooled by the 2006 label, this cab franc is still but a youngster with many delicious days ahead of it to mature.

This ruby-to-garnet colored 2006 cabernet franc still has a strong, ripe, black-fruit-filled nose with blackberry, cassis, stewed prune, clove and black plum aromas.

On the attack, the full-bodied wine hits you with high-tannin followed by medium-plus acidity that follows through to a dry finish.

The fruit components are well-integrated showing mid-palate complexity in balance with tannin and acidity that crescendos and decrescendos across your palate.

A more than well done hot weather cab franc that reveals the best of the hot weather version of the grape varietal.

If you find this wine (it will be a lucky-under-the-radar-find), grab as many bottles as you can secure; this wine is history.

Bottle Note: The desert is, by nature, a region where nothing can grow by itself. In this rough and arid landscape, it is amazing to see what man’s imagination and a few drops of water can accomplish. Desierto Pampa is the result of how effort and dedication together can obtain the maximum expression of a unique terroir of unequalled characteristics.

Varietal: 100% Cabernet Franc

Appellation: Alto Valle del Rio Colorado

Vinification: Stainless steel fermentation with selected yeasts, cold maceration and malolactic fermentation at 20°C.

Aging: 19 months in American and French oak barrels

Tasting Notes: Deep purplish red color. On the nose, it displays a wide aromatic expression of plum marmalade, red fruit and tobacco notes enhanced by its aging in oak. Good structure with well-balanced, soft tannins. A long finish floods the palate.

Consultant Winemaker: Paul Hobbs

Rating: 96 points (Vision Rating: 98 points for hot weather cab franc single-varietal vision successfully executed for the first time)
Price: $30
Alcohol: 14.9%
Importer: Select Fine Wine, Manhasset, New York
Tasted: Home
Tasting Date: March 6, 2016

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