Catena Appellation San Carlos Cabernet Franc

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A super-tasty New World Franc: plush, ripe and engaging. Elegant spices, fresh thyme and rosemary, red berries and cassis all wrapped in layers of cedar. Tension and fine-grained tannins keep this fresh and hugely enjoyable.

100% Cabernet Franc.  Aged for 12 months in French Oak (35% new).

The story of Bodega Catena Zapata is a tale that travels from 19th-century Italy to the limestone soils of Mendoza. Nicola Catena, Nicolas Catena Zapata’s grandfather, sailed from Italy to Argentina in 1898, leaving behind his famine-stricken European homeland for a land of plenty and opportunity. In 1902, he planted his first Malbec vineyard in Mendoza. Although Malbec had been a blending grape in Bordeaux, Nicola suspected it would find its hidden splendour in the Argentine Andes. It was a hunch that would not fully flower till nearly a century later.  Nowadays, it’s impossible to talk about Argentinean wine for more than a few minutes without someone mentioning either Nicolas Catena or one of his wines. No-one has done more to put Mendoza on the map, or to raise the profile of Malbec from Bordeaux reject to one of the world’s most fashionable grape varieties.


Type Red
Country Argentina
Region Mendoza
Appellation San Carlos
Vintage 2018
Grapes Cabernet Franc
ABV 13.5%