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Calcu Cabernet Franc 2012

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750ML / 13.5% ABV
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750ML / 13.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

The Cabernet Franc blends red fruit aromas with spicy touches of dark chocolate finishing with smooth, silky tannins. Pairs well with grilled food and tomato-based pasta. The grapes for this wine are 100% Cabernet Franc and come from a vineyard block planted in a privileged location between the Chimbarongo Creek and the Tinguiririca River on the Maquis Estate, in the heart of the Colchagua Valley.

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JS 90
James Suckling
Bright dried berry with a pretty hint of fresh basil. Medium body, fine tannins and a crisp finish.
WW 90
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
This may be a good time to awake your palate to the joys of pure Cabernet Franc. The 2012 Calcu is simply what it is: ripe, earthy and very representative of the varietal. I can see this one with grilled beef. Medium to deep ruby in color; dried dust and black fruit in the nose with some alluring red fruits to keep it in focus, excellent depth; medium bodied, some tannins that nicely firm up the palate; dry, medium acidity, well balanced; plummy, dried earth and red fruits in the flavors; medium finish, smooth aftertaste. (Tasted: February 1, 2016, San Francisco, CA)
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In the local Mapuche language, Calcu means "healing doctor" or "magician." And indeed, winemakers Rodrigo Romero and Ricardo Rivadeniera have created a magical "Super Chilean" blend that expresses the diversity of the Colchagua Valley.

Like the bull on label, Calcu is exuberant and unrestrained. Rather than being tied to a particular terroir, Calcu is made with grapes harvested from throughout the Colchagua Valley, revealing different aspects of the valley’s dynamic character with every vintage.

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Well-regarded for intense and exceptionally high quality red wines, the Colchagua Valley is situated in the southern part of Chile’s Rapel Valley, with many of the best vineyards lying in the foothills of the Coastal Range.

Heavy French investment and cutting-edge technology in both the vineyard and the winery has been a boon to the local viticultural industry, which already laid claim to ancient vines and a textbook Mediterranean climate.

The warm, dry growing season in the Colchagua Valley favors robust reds made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère, Malbec and Syrah—in fact, some of Chile’s very best are made here. A small amount of good white wine is produced from Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

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Cabernet Franc, a proud parent of Cabernet Sauvignon, is the subtler and more delicate of the Cabernets. Today Cabernet Franc produces outstanding single varietal wines across the wine-producing world. Somm Secret—One of California's best-kept secrets is the Happy Canyon appellation of Santa Barbara. Here Cabernet Franc shines as a single varietal wine or in blends, expressing sumptuous fruit, savory aromas and polished tannins.

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