2017 Maquis Franco Cabernet Franc, Named Top Cabernet Franc From Chile 5 Years In A Row!!

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Background

Maquis Franco represents four generations of painstaking effort and care by the Hurtado family to craft their exceptional wines. This Cabernet Franc is outstanding in quality and its long lasting finish.

Geography

Map from Vineyards.com

This Cabernet Franc is grown in the Colchagua Valley in the Maipo Province.  This lower altitude growing region is home not only of Cabernet Franc, but also Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes. The lower altitude of the coastal hills allows the Pacific breezes to mix with the Andean winds and keeps the valley cool in the evening. This prolongs the grapes maturation period in the region.

The Wine

Maquis Franco was named Chile’s top Cabernet Franc for the past 5 years. Rating scores range from 92 points to 96 points and Robert Parker providing a very nice 95 point rating. The grapes are 100% handpicked and put into French barrels for 12 months. On the eyes a very deep dark red coloring and medium heavy viscosity. On the nose, old world hints waft into the senses of oak and leather. On the palate, blackberry, earthy & mineral notes along with fruits of blackberry and dark cherries. On the finish edgy tannins let you know the strength of this wine. Also tobacco and a trace of vanilla are found. Pricing ranges from around $60 to $80 per bottle. This definitely tasted “old world” and was delightful.

The Food and Wine Pairing

Paired this evening with a marinated Tri-tip in Chaka sauce and seared on the BBQ. Served medium rare with a nice char on the outside. A warm evening and just paired with a refreshing potato salad. The wine and meat were excellent together.

A nice break from “ultra-smooth” Cabernet Franc’s (not that I object!) for a unique change of pace.

Sláinte,

Michael

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