Awarded a Gold medal and 95 points at the 2021 Decanter World Wine Awards (click link for details).
For other 2021 DWWA winners, click here.
See here for our (spaniel-assisted/impeded) video tasting.
Exel note: this is one of the finds of DWWA21. This is Cabernet Franc "got just right" - ripe, dense black fruit, black cherries and brambles. It's plush and supple in the mouth, but with enough acidity to keep it tight and and enough tannins - soft, ripe ones, note - to suggest that this will age and develop for quite a few years (at least 2025/6). It's just a lovely, easy-to-drink and classy wine.
Angulo Innocenti epitomizes the small family producer, and the story is wonderful. Two European vinegrowers, Pedro Angulo and Angel Innocenti, 19th century immigrants from the Basque country and Tuscany respectively, who moved to Argentina with thousands of other European settlers to plant their vines and carve out a living in the vast, dry plains of Mendoza.
The family vineyards at Finca Piedras Blancas (White Stones Farm) are in the very special terroir of La Consulta in the Uco Valley at around 1,050 metres above sea level. The name of the Finca explains a lot, as there is a very high proportion of large white surface stones on the top soil which act as a kind of thermal blanket during the very chilly nights. The sandy/rocky subsoils (essentially calcareous) lend a distinctive minerality to the wines but, perhaps above all, it is the purity of the fruit that shines most.
Vineyard location: La Consulta (Uco Valley).
Climate: Cool, sunny days and cold mountain nights.
Soil: Poor sandy soils with round, calcareous rocks.
Harvest: Manually harvested in small plastic bins of 18-20 Kilograms
100% Cabernet Franc.
To see the information/tech sheet, please click on the blue link below.
Angulo Innocenti, Cabernet Franc 2018 - fiche technique
Sweet spices, green peppers and violets on the nose carry through to a silky palate awash with more of the same and delightful minerality.