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2018 Graffito Cabernet Franc

2018 Graffito Cabernet Franc
Mendoza, Argentina

100% Cabernet Franc hand-harvested in Perdriel (Lujan de Cuyo) from vineyards planted in ancient stony river beds by the Mendoza River. The vines all sit above 3000 feet in elevation and they average 25 years old. The wine is aged for 15 months in second and third use French barrels. Winemaker Jimena Lopez made this wine to experiment with one of her favorite varietals. Balanced, elegant with a distinctive spice from the Cabernet Franc varietal.

91 points, James Suckling. "This has a gently leafy array of fresh red berries with red flowers, too. The palate has a very succulent, plush and even-paced feel with innate balance and fresh red-fruit flavor. Sits fresh on the finish. Drink now."

90 points, Antonio Galloni's Vinous. "This Cabernet Franc is made with grapes from Pedriel grown in ancient stony beds by the Mendoza River and 100% aged for 12 months in French oak. It is a deep red in the glass with a purple sheen, and delivers thyme and mint notes along with spice and well-nuanced fruit such as raspberry. Delicate but flavorful, it has a velvety feel and elegant subtle finish."

About Graffito
These deeply concentrated wines are named after the color of “graphite” and shows beautiful expression and structure. Winemaker Jimena Lopez left her corporate wine job to pursue her dream of making her own wine, and she now handles all aspects of Graffito from vine selection to the final blend with a precise attention to detail. She believes so deeply in her wine quality that she puts her fingerprint stamp of approval right on the label.

Jimena made her own winemaking dream a reality when she came across an old-vine Malbec vineyard planted in 1908 in Alto Agrelo farmed by Don Pepe and his family. The balance and structure coming from these old vines are the pillars of Graffito. Jimena also sources grapes from family-owned vineyards in Los Arboles and Vistaflores in the Uco Valley to round out her wines with the perfect blend of fruit flavors, floral notes, and spices.

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SKU: 23473