This 100% Cabernet Franc from Mendoza, Argentina is made by one of the best Cabernet Franc producers in all of Argentina. The grapes are grown over 900 meters above sea level helping to add a bright acidity to the wine. This varietally pure wine smells of charred green pepper, right off the grill. The palate is full of ripe berries, with some black pepper. You may want to grill a nice steak for this one!
You definitely need to check out this 1000 case production blend from Mendoza, Argentina produced by Susana Balbo. Named Ben Marco after her son this Malbec blend has wafting aromas of ripe red currants, black cherries and mildly smoky and sweet vanilla oak. Layers of currant fruit, dense black cherry, and notes of brown spice (cocoa, nutmeg), dark chocolate, and hints of sandalwood. Perfect balance, great concentration and length, and loaded with fine, ripe tannins for having with food or for aging.