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Durigutti Cabernet Franc 2017 – A Ripe, Fruit-Forward, New-World Style I Adore

Durigutti, Cabernet Franc 2017, Mendoza, Argentina, Wine Casual

Durigutti, Cabernet Franc 2017, Mendoza, Argentina

Tasting Note: An Argentinean cabernet franc made in the ripe-fruit-forward style that I adore from the new world.

Deep-intensity ruby in color, this wine has an aromatic, medium-plus-intensity nose of black plum, raspberry, black currant, violet blossom and black tea with notes of dark chocolate.

On the palate the dry, medium-plus-bodied cabernet franc has just-ripened, medium-plus-intensity, black-fruit flavors suggested on the nose supported by slightly-velvety, medium tannin.

There is midpalate complexity, body and hints of an old-world, cabernet-franc quality even though the wine is decidedly new world.

Chill before serving to bring out the acid structure, especially when paired with back-porch grilling.

Bottle Note: This wine is the result of the combined style of two Argentine winemakers, Pablo and Hector Durigutti. The treatment of this wine as minimal in order to preserve the natural intensity of the fruit. It has neither been cold stabilized, filtered nor fined. As a result, it may contain light deposits. Decant if necessary.

Rating: 92 points
Price: $17 (I paid $12)
Alcohol: 14%
Importer: Elixir Wine Group, Bend, Oregon
Tasted: Home
Tasting Date: May 22, 2020

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