2014 Lagarde "Guarda" Cabernet Franc Lujan de Cuyo

SKU #1343839 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The Chinon-like 2014 Guarda Cabernet Franc had a combination of bell pepper, mint, incense and cigar box that transported me to the Loire Valley. The palate has those fine-grained, sharp tannins and very good freshness. Love it or hate it, this will surely divide people. It should age magnificently.  (12/2016)

K&L Notes

Produced from vines in the Pedriel sub-zone, this wine absolutely is Cabernet Franc in character, with a combination of a savory and subtly snappy green character aligned with a real richness and velvety mouth feel. Good Chinon comes to mind, which some would argue is the best compliment that a Cabernet Franc from outside of the Loire Valley could hope to garner. Delicious and intriguing Cabernet Franc.

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Staff Image By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/14/2018 | Send Email
This is one of the best New World Cabernet Francs I have tried recently. It has rich flavors of strawberries, blueberries, mint, eucalyptus and just a touch of stewed peppers, with soft, ripe tannins and beautiful acidity to match the richness of the fruit. The finish goes on and on. If you have found the Cabernet Francs of the Loire to be a little too earthy, this might please you much more.

Staff Image By: Jordan Stone | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/14/2018 | Send Email
I know it is common to hear Cab Franc and equate it with bell peppers. Although the nose has a pronounced bell pepper quality, the wine has rich dark fruit richness with smooth tannins. Some tobacco notes with a LONG raspberry finish! Very fresh.

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Varietal:

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.
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Argentina

- Argentina is regarded as one of the most dynamic wine-producing nations in the world, and possibly the most important wine-producing region in South America. Only four countries in the world produce more wine than Argentina. Considerable investments (much of which has come from famous French, Italian and California wine producers) have been made in new vineyards and winemaking technology in the past several years, which along with recent plantings of more premium varieties of grapes, has made Argentina much more competitive internationally. The Mendoza region is the most important region in Argentina's wine industry. And Malbec, among other Bordeaux varietals grown here, reigns supreme.
Alcohol Content (%): 14