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Penalolen Cabernet Franc 2009

Cabernet Franc from Chile, South America

Price: $20.00 $16.99
Save $3.01 (15%)
Item No. 118000
  • WE90
Style: Big & Bold

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.3%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
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Winemaker's Notes

This cool-climate Casablanca Valley wine has aromas of red currant, cherry and blueberry with hints of herb and subtle floral notes. The texture is juicy and elegant thanks to well integrated spicy tannins. The finish has red berries and spicy dried fruit.

Critical Acclaim

"This cool-climate rendition of Cabernet Franc has intense aromatics of olive, peppery spice, leather, herbal plum and berry. It shows power and a nice mouthfeel, with a medicinal black-fruit flavor and a strong herbal backbone. The finish is moderately oaky and resiny. "
90 Points

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RGNZ - Nashville, TN (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(12/16/2013)
Style: Big & Bold
A nose of prunes, tar, and mint precedes a rich, lush mouthfeel of plum, blackberry, asparagus, leather, and tobacco (additional breathing time sees the green notes give way to more fruit). Hefty yet attractive tannins linger quite long. Lots of complexity and umph here. 92
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Peter M - New York, NY (read all my reviews)

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(5/10/2013)
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Learn About Penalolen Map ItMap It

This winery was founded by the superstar winemaker of Chile, Ignacio Recabarren, and vineyard owner Ricardo Peña. The wine is estate grown and bottled with all the fruit harvested from the winery's own two vineyards. Viña Peñalolén is dedicated to producing the best expression of fruit and soil from the Maipo and Casablanca Valley's, resulting in wines of pedigree and complexity.

Learn About Chile

(CHEE-lay) Long and thin, Chile has a lot of land north to south. The wine region here is a series of districts based near Santiago. The vineyards are protected by the Pacific on the west and the Andes mountains on the east. This could help explain why the climate changes more from east to west than north to south - also why the country has remained phylloxera free....

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Learn About Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Franc(cab-uhr-NAY frahnk) Right Place, Right time You won't often find this grape bottled as a single variety as it can lean towards earthy, vegetal tendencies (think green pepper & olives). Its typical place is in a blend with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or both. Cabernet Franc's home is the right bank of Bordeaux. It is an integral part in...

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