South Amer­i­can Caber­net Franc: know your vin­tages

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Ar­gentina 2017

a long, hot sum­mer, yet a vin­tage of well-bal­anced reds.

2016

The cold­est vin­tage in a decade. Fresh, light wines.

2015

a fresh vin­tage for those who har­vested early. riper reds if not.

2014

Low yields, but high acid­ity. Keep top wines in your cel­lar.

2013

The first of a series of cold vin­tages. Wines high in acid­ity.

2012

Frost caused low yields, but heat cre­ated very ripe reds. Chile 2017

Hell in Chile. The hot weather caused se­vere wild­fires and the wines show that heat.

2016

very re­fined reds if har­vested early.

2015

another warm vin­tage. suc­cu­lent and con­cen­trated reds.

2014

af­ter ini­tial frost, this vin­tage was mod­er­ate to hot.

2013

one of the coolest vin­tages of the decade. re­fined reds.

2012

Warm and slightly hu­mid year. Drink the wines now.

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