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2011 Durigutti Cabernet Franc Mendoza
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89 Points | International Wine Cellar , March/April 2013

Bright red-ruby.  Redcurrant, nutty oak, licorice and fresh herbs on the nose.  Supple and seamless in the mouth, with a touch of minerality giving shape and lift to the black fruit and leather flavors.  Nicely harmonious wine with lush, spreading tannins and very good length.  A terrific cabernet franc bargain.

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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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