Friday, 11 September 2020

Catena Zapata DV Catena cabernet franc Historic Red (San Carlos) 2018

For many years this has been consistently one of my favourite South American red wines. The 2018 vintage is superb and it's available at a bargain £12 from Tesco's (and for the snobs, there is a proper Catena label - no mention of Tesco's on the bottle!). I love South American cab franc and this is one of the bargains of the wine world. These are older vines grown at altitude from the famous San Carlos vineyard.
The nose is as you'd expect from a cab franc with mint and black fruits but with the added South American twist of eucalyptus and a hint of bell peppers. The palate is gorgeous - long, elegant, dried back fruits and a hint of allspice. Fine tannins with the strong acidic grip of youth. Will age well - if you can keep your hands off it!
Drink now - 2030.

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