87 Points - CATADOR W - Chile - La Porfia Gran Reserva Cabernet Franc 2011
COLOUR: Deep ruby red with brilliant clarity and medium viscosity in the glass.
NOSE: Forward black cherry and cassis are complemented by notes of red bell pepper, sun-dried fruits, toast, coffee, and vanilla.
PALATE: Deceptively open and direct on entry, opening to reveal a rounded middle supported by excellent acidity. Soft tannins from the middle palate through to the firm.
FINISH: Ever-so-slightly bitter finish, which adds length to the structural elements.
COMMENTS: This full-bodied Cabernet Franc was aged in small oak barrels, which contributed toasty complexity to the gamut of rich fruit flavours. The mouthfeel is balanced toward firmness, showcasing the aging potential of the variety.
Try pairing this wine with game meats, dishes featuring green peppercorns, or a variety of cheeses. Serve at 64ºF (18ºC), within six years of bottling.
Botalcura Winery was formed thanks to the passion of two men, Chilean businessman and wine lover, Juan Fernando Waidele and French winemaker, Philippe Debrus.
Botalcura is a small village in southern Chile, 3 hours south of Santiago and half an hour northeast of the city of Talca. The Coastal Range forms Maule Valley, from which Botalcura is set among rolling hills and surrounded by nature, it is also home to the elusive quail. A simple town formed by scarcely more than a row of houses along one side of a dirt road; inhabited by kind and extraordinary people, who inspires us and fills us with enthusiasm for sharing our dream of forming an exceptional winery along with them.
The word Botalcura means “large stone” in Mapundungun, the language of Chile’s native Mapuche people. Something hard and solid as rock speaks of the power of the gods and of what’s enduring. Both of these ideas come together in the wines of Botalcura Winery. The indomitable yet generous power of nature, the source of the intense and concentrated vines, combines with the certainty of transcending time, of making time an ally that will bear out the excellence of Botalcura Wines…
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