2013 Calcu Cabernet Franc Colchagua Valley

SKU #1249557 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 I had never tasted the Cab Franc, but they started in 2009. My first encounter was with the 2013 Cabernet Franc, which bears the subtitle Reserva Especial; it is a fresh and fruit-driven, quite varietal and spicy effort, with freshly cracked black peppercorns and contained ripeness. The wine is quite transparent and focused. None of these wines are corrected in terms of acidity or alcohol, as they also want to express the zone from which they come. There has to be a correlation between nose and palate, it's dry and the oak feels very integrated. The modus operandi for this line is fermentation in stainless steel and aging in well-seasoned oak barrels and some inner staves. The palate is soft with fine tannins, a polished texture and integrated acidity -- expressive and easy to drink. 23,000 bottles were filled in June 2015, as the wine matures in oak for some 12-14 months, and then it's blended and kept in tank for a while until bottling. (LG)  (12/2015)

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. (Joe Manekin, K&L South American wine buyer)

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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