Cabernet Franc and its potential in Argentina

News / Trends / 18 October, 2014

By: André Deco Rossi

I’ve talked a lot about Cabernet Franc and its potential in Argentina. And so far this year there have been even more people surprised with her, especially in the last Argentina Wine Awards, where she drew applause and praise from major critics like Steven Spurrier and the Brazilians, Jorge Lucki and Susana Barelli, among other international judges.

With over 600 hectares planted – more than half of them in Mendoza – CF is a grape that ripens earlier than Cabernet Sauvignon, for example. Because of this, the Uco Valley, which is just south of the city of Mendoza, is a favourable enough region for her, and has a slightly cooler climate. There are also important plantations in San Juan (120 km north of Mendoza), Patagonia (Neuquén and Rio Negro) and somewhat less important in La Rioja and Salta.

It is not possible to mention here all Argentine Cabernet Francs that are varietals, because there are many, but I will comment on the most famous and those available in the Brazilian market and also on those I have already tried. Starting with the rated and awarded Andeluna Pasionado Cabernet Franc. This wine, highly recognised by critics, has, as its main characteristic, an intense herbaceous flavour in the place of fruit, which I think is what the winemakers were looking for at Bodega Andeluna: Expressing the maximum typicity of the grape.

The Benegas Meritage Cabernet Franc is also a good example of typicity, but with a little more balanced fruit than that of Andeluna. Placed in the same category as some other wines, such as Lagarde Guarda Cabernet Franc, Angelica Zapata Cabernet Franc, La Celia Gran Reserva, Casarena Cabernet Franc and FIN Cabernet Franc (Bodegas Fin del Mundo – Patagonia). For me, they are examples of wines that balance both fruit and herbaceous flavours, thus becoming easier for the consumer who does not know much about the grape and wants to know more, as they are easier to drink.

The Humberto Canale Gran Reserva Cabernet Franc, points more towards fruit flavours as opposed to herbaceous ones, and is perhaps the ideal wine to start with, for who want to know more about this grape. Understanding wine, not for the price, but for the characteristics of possessing more fruit. It is important to say that all of them are aged in oak barrels, some more, some less, but this is another feature of Cabernet Franc: it ages well in the barrel.

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André Deco Rossi
Graduado en el instituto inglés Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) en los niveles 1 - Foundation, 2 - Intermediate e 3 - Advanced, cursados en Nueva York. Actualmente está cursando el cuarto y último nivel del WSET, el “Diploma”, curso que tiene una duración de 3 años y es preparación obligatoria para el reconocido Instituto Master of Wine. Es uno de los únicos 5 brasileros residentes en el país que ha sido acreditado como Profesor de este mismo WSET, habiendo sido aprobado por el WSet Educator Training Program 2011, en Nueva York. Es también profesor da Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV), en el curso “Negocios del Vino”. Editor e Idealizador del Blog EnoDeco, que es hoy el blog oficial de vinos del portal R7 – Record ( ), uno de los blogs de vino más visitados de Brasil, y que ya fue indicado por la Guia 4 Rodas como uno de los 10 mejores “enoblogs” de Brasil. Vencedor del concurso “Meu Vinho com Susana Balbo”, donde 30 blogueros y periodistas del vino participaron y armaron un corte, en el cuál la propia Susana, la más influyente enóloga Argentina de la actualidad, elegiría al mejor. Con el corte elegido, Déco tiene un vino elaborado y firmado en conjunto con Susana: Dominio del Plata Essential Limited Edition 2011. Columnista del Portal de Contenido BICOFINO ( ) y editor de vinos de la 4ª. Edición del Flavour Guide ( ), proyecto anual del crítico gastronómico Josimar Melo. Desde 2012 es PR en Brasil de Wines of Argentina, asociación que promueve la imagen y la marca de los vinos argentinos en el mundo. Responsable de toda la comunicación, eventos y RP en Brasil.” [:en]Graduated from the English Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET), New York, in levels 1 - Foundation 2 - Intermediate and 3 - Advanced. He is currently completing the fourth and final level of WSET, the "Diploma" course that lasts for 3 years and is mandatory preparation for the recognised Master of Wine Institute. He is one of only five Brazilians living in the country that has been appointed as a Professor of WSET, having been approved by the WSET Educator Training Program 2011, in New York. He is also a professor of Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV), in the course "Business of Wine". Editor and creator of the blog EnoDeco, which is today the official wine blog of portal R7 - Record (, one of the most popular wine blogs in Brazil, which was already indicated by Guia 4 Rodas as one of the 10 best “Enoblogs” in Brazil . Winner of the contest "Meu Vinho with Susana Balbo" where 30 wine bloggers and journalists participated and put together a blend, in which Susana, the most influential winemaker in Argentina today, choose the best. With the chosen blend, Deco has a wine made and signed together with Susana: Dominio del Plata Essential Limited Edition 2011. Columnist for the Content Portal BICOFINO ( and wine editor of the 4th Flavour Edition Guide (, annual food critic project Josimar Melo. Since 2012 he has been the PR in Brazil for Wines of Argentina, the association which promotes the image and brand of Argentine wines in the world. Responsible for all communications, events and PR in Brazil. [:en]

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