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2009 Bodega Bressia Cabernet Franc Monteagrelo Mendoza
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91 Points | International Wine Cellar , January 2012

Dark red.  Sexy, complex nose offers red- and blackcurrant, fresh herbs, flowers, coffee bean, milk chocolate and licorice; distinctly claret-like.  Lively acidity gives energy and lift to the redcurrant and spice flavors.  At once intense and pliant, with nothing forced about it.  Finishes very long and lively, with smooth tannins and lingering notes of currant, flowers and herbs.  As good a cabernet franc bottling as I've yet tasted from Argentina.  (Unfortunately, my sample of the Monteagrelo Malbec was corked.)

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About Argentina

Until the early 1990s, Argentina's wine industry was focused inward, as the local market's thirst was sufficient to absorb the huge quantities of everyday drinking wine produced there. But with per-capita consumption in the domestic market in sharp decline since the mid-1970s, Argentina's wine producers realized that they had to look to export markets to remain in business, and winemaking in Argentina began its transformation.


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Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Franc is one of the three principal varieties in Bordeaux, as well as being the dominant variety in the fine wines of the western Loire Valley. In Bordeaux's Left Bank, Cabernet Franc serves as a blending component adding aromatic complexity to the more muscular Cabernet Sauvignon. On the Right Bank, the grape is found in the clay soils of St. Emilion, where it...
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