A medium body wine with structured acidity, it makes an ideal (holiday) pairing with food!
Used in the blending of Bordeaux style (along with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot), this grape variety lends elegance and pepperiness (think bell pepper and peppercorns), and has notes ranging from cassis to tobacco.
Two Choices from Argentina
1/ Mendoza, Argentina
A blend of Malbec and Cabernet franc and iconic of the region, Trapiche Iscay Malbec Cabernet Franc 2011 is a full bodied wine with a deep purple colour which hints at black currants, ripe dark red fruit and violets. The super concentrated flavour is an ideal sipper for hibernating during winter, and with a slight balsamic hit, would be ideal with slow roasted meat or a rich chocolate cake.
2/ Agrelo, Argentina
The second most popular varietal in Argentina, Cabernet Franc from this region consistently score high on wine lists. Pulenta Estate Winery Cabernet Franc 2013 ($51) offers a well rounded smooth wine with spice and eucalyptus aromas thanks to 18 months in French oak. Its long finish and creamy tannins pair well with tomato based sauces, cheese and herbs.
This original article first appeared in the Winter 2017/18 issue of City Style and Living Magazine