Zorzal 2016 'Eggo' Franco (Cabernet Franc), Tupungato
Item Number: 12980
Sub Region: Uco Valley
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 100% Cabernet Franc
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13.5
Residual Sugar(g/L): 1.75 g/L
Total Acidity: 4.65
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Calcareous soil
Elevation: 1350 meters
Vineyard Notes: These grapes come from a single vineyard in north-west Gualtallary, at an altitude of 1,350 meters above sea-level. This is a micro-zone made up of alluvial soils with a large amount of calcium carbonate.
Winemaking Notes: Grapes are harvested by hand. This unique wine is completely fermented and aged in a large concrete egg and sees no oak. The shape of the eggs helps to keep the liquid constantly in movement, improving temperature control and achieving greater character and volume in the mouth, due to the fact that the lees always remain in suspension. Fermentation is natural using indigenous yeast.
Tasting Notes: This subtle and nuanced wine shows soft, plush tannins with raspberry, ripe black currant and an underlying chalky finish. Fresh wet soil, hazel nuts, figs, and savory spice dominate this barnyard and earth-driven wine. Eggo Franco showcases the perfect combination of a chalky, terroir-driven wine, with vibrant fruit and a long smooth finish.
93pts (2017 Vintage) Wine Advocate 6/29/2018
"The 2017 Eggo Franco is pure Cabernet Franc cropped from seven-year-old vines on alluvial soils high in calcium carbonate. It fermented with 10% full clusters in concrete vats, where it matured with the full lees until bottling at the end of the year. It's very varietal, herbal and spicy, with good structure and body, great balance and power, with fine-grained, chalky tannins."
93pts (2017 Vintage) Wine Enthusiast 6/11/2020
"Dusty cherry and berry aromas are earthy and highly natural, with no overripe notes or oak. A full, ripe palate offers fine balance between weight and elegance, while this tastes of clean black fruits prior to a finish with dry tannins. This is fresh and exact, with little of the herbal character that often comes with Cabernet franc. Drink through 2025."