2010 Calcu Cabernet Franc Colchagua Valley

SKU #1122888 90 points Wine Enthusiast

 Dark in color, this smells great, with cassis, plum and black cherry aromas, bearing very little herbal character. It feels tight and secure, with ripe blackberry, tobacco and oak flavors.  (12/2012)

K&L Notes

At Calcu, they are convinced that the next Big Thing in Chile is Cabernet Franc. God bless 'em if they think that Cabernet Franc will ever explode in popularity the way that Argentine Malbec recently has, or that Pinot Noir has in the past decade. Nonetheless, we love Cabernet Franc, especially one so textbook and attractively priced as this. Savory, spicy dark cherry fruit aromas lead to a snappy Cab Franc palate, showing a well balanced combination of just ripened red stone fruits, subtle herbaceous tones and a tasty, dry finish. There is not much more that one could ask for in a Cab Franc that is priced for regular drinking such as this one.

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Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/27/2013 | Send Email
Who would have thought you would get such a clean concise version of Cabernet Franc from Chile. Great cherry and tapenade flavors with a hint of herb. Colchagua may be the Loire Valley of South America.

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/27/2013 | Send Email
This is delicious, textbook cab franc from the folks at ViƱa Maquis in Chile's Colchagua Valley. While the acidity is not quite at sky high Loire Valley cab franc levels, the lovely combination of fresh berry fruit and slightly herbaceous snap could be nothing other than cab franc. We tasted this recently with staff and it was one of the sleeper hits of the line-up. Enjoy it with a nice piece of grass fed beef and your choice of oven roasted potatoes or fries - add plenty of fresh thyme for a treat that should also work quite well with this wine!

Staff Image By: Shaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/27/2013 | Send Email
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Wow, here's a great deal from Chile. The Calcu Cabernet Franc is a fantastic example of new world Cab Franc showing wonderful plummy fruit, a great texture and body and just a hint of sweet herbs. Still undeniably Cab Franc, yet very accessible and crowd friendly. As grilling season begins you'll want to have some of this around for impromptu BBQs and for when friends drop by.
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Cabernet Franc

- While Cabernet Franc, a parent with Sauvignon Blanc to the ubiquitous Cabernet Sauvignon, frequently plays second fiddle in Bordeaux blends (though it does get more props on the Right Bank, where it dominates Cheval Blanc), this lighter, higher acid/lower tannin, early-maturing, perfumed red varietal is far from a wallflower. It is the headliner in the Loire Valley appellations of Saumur-Champigny, Bourgueil, St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil, Chinon and Anjou-Villages, where it makes exceptional, food-friendly wines. Outside of France, Cabernet Franc can be found in northern Italy, particularly in Friuli and in California where it is frequently used as a blending grape in Bordeaux-style wines. Heartier in the cold than Cabernet Sauvignon, Cab Franc is gaining a foothold in northern and eastern wine regions like Canada, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia.


- Located on the western coast of South America and bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Andes to the East, the Chilean wine-growing climate is similar to that of California's Napa Valley and Bordeaux. The Chilean wine industry is known for being consistently free of phylloxera, but political and economic unrest has brought its own source of disorder. The recent establishment of a free market has resuscitated the wine industry, and significant investments have been made, switching the economic focus from domestic production to exports. Chile produces roughly a quarter of the wine Argentina produces, and is known for single-varietal exports, predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. It's a popular region in the U.S. known for inexpensive and tasty wine. Click for a list of bestselling items from Chile.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5