The actress who shows potential, but never wins the Emmy. For me, cabernet franc is a wine I keep thinking will become a red fave, but never quite crosses the finish line. Here’s a great example. This was served with a pass through an aerator, and the nose was powerful jam. After 5 minutes it settled to blackberry, and after that to earth and baked mint. On the palate it was a burst of brief tannins that dissipated quickly. Notes of more blackberry and red fruit, but nothing overwhelming. Earned 3.5 stars solo, but gained 1/2 star when paired with Italian food. Finish was long, but lacking in anything memorable. Not bad, but just came away lacking a final “oomph.”

Morande Adventure El Padre Cabernet Franc - Chile - 2018
4.0