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Particular Cabernet Franc 2020


The grapes come from Uco Valley, or more precisely, from Los Chacayes, Tunuyán. This terroir is renowned for its great properties for producing high-end wines. There is a daily thermal range that brings this varietal to perfect ripeness, and a soil composition that contributes mineral notes.Together, they make this Cabernet Franc a structured and truly complex wine.

Wine Facts

VITICULTURE: The grapes for this cuvée are sourced from a number of growers with longstanding relationships with the Brunel family, all of which represent a variety of unique terroirs. Vineyards planted on filtered gravel beds produce concentrated grapes, while clay soil adds a rich, aromatic quality, and chalky limestone brings structure and a long finish to the wine. The 2020 harvest was conducted in mid-September to ensure mature grapes with balanced acidity.

VINIFICATION: The wine was aged for 12 months in French barrels. The wine was then transferred to stainless steel tanks for 10-15 days in order to allow the lees to precipitate. After stabilization, the unfiltered, final wine was bottled-aged an additional 8 months.

FAMILY: One dream. One family legacy. Two terroirs. Since 1928, these three pillars have been the lasting values that have guided Argentina’s Bodegas Bianchi for four generations. This family-owned winery is situated in the sub-regions of both the Uco Valley and San Rafael.

In the Uco Valley, in Los Chacayes in the northwest of Argentina, the high and deep valleys of the majestic Andes Mountains lend a particular environment to the region’s grapes. Situated along the Tunuyán River, alluvial soils ensure the necessary water needed for the vineyard’s irrigation. It’s a rocky area, too, which gives the wines a mineral character with three-dimensional aromatics. All the vineyards sit between 2700 – 3900 ft above sea level, well above the fog line for long bouts of sunlight, perfect for phenolic ripeness and maturity.

Producer: Bodegas Bianchi
Region: Uco Valley
Country: Argentina
Wine Composition: 100% Cabernet Franc
Alcohol: 14.4%
Total Acidity: 5.4 G/L
Residual Sugar: 2.2 G/L
pH: 3.75

Press Highlights

2019: 94 Pts ‘Silver Medal’ - 2022 Decanter World Wine Awards, June 2022
2019: 91 Pts - James Suckling, Mar 2022
2019: 91 Pts - Wine Enthusiast, Nov 2022
2019: 91 Pts - Vinous, Nov 2022
2018: 92 Pts - Vinous, Nov 2021
2018: 91 Pts - James Suckling, April 2021
2016: 91 Pts - James Suckling, April 2018
2016: 91 Pts - The Tasting Panel, May 2019
2016: 90 Pts ‘Cellar Selection’ - Wine Enthusiast, July 2019

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