Loma Larga, Cabernet Franc 2007, Casablanca Valley, Chile
Tasting Note: Casablanca Valley shows it can produce great cabernet franc that has aging potential with this bottle.
I suspect the producer sees the long-term potential; so trying this 2007 vintage which must have been very much of an experiment at the time feels like time traveling in a glass.
This deep purple-to-ruby colored cabernet franc has an aromatic nose of black cherry, blackberry, black currant with occasional notes of hibiscus.
On the palate the medium-plus bodied red displays its ten years of aging in the bottle and presents well-integrated tannin combined with a soft, elegant, black fruit amalgam that still has a kick and is fruit driven without being fruit forward.
Pleasing sour black cherry flavors register on the finish like a cape blowing in the wind.
A substantive expression of the grape in Chile; cab franc lovers take note.
Bottle Note: Loma Larga – the Spanish name for long hill is a characteristic slope of our estate in Casablanca Valley. This unique natural barrier protects the vineyards from cold southerly breezes, increasing temperature differences between warm days and cool nights, thus enhancing the exceptional conditions of the valley. The high quality wine you are about to experience is produced in limited quantities, from a strict selection of perfectly ripe grapes. We hope you enjoy it.
Importer: W. Direct, Lawrence, Kansas
Tasting Date: March 20, 2016