2012 Gualtallary Gran Enemigo Single Vineyard Cabernet Franc Although there are barely 1,700 acres planted to cabernet franc in Argentina (compared to 260,000 acres of malbec), the community of good examples is growing. This Gran Enemigo is one of the best. A selection from the Adrianna Vineyard, planted by the Catena winery at 4,757 feet in the Uco Valley, it’s luscious and fleshy, the flavors of red fruits piqued by herbal notes that offer a sense of freshness. The grainy grip of the tannins is a Gualtallary signature, calling for steak au poivre. —Patricio Tapia
Top 100 Countdown
Leading up to our Top 100 in San Francisco, our critics are sharing some favorite wines that will be poured at the event. We’re posting a new note each day through October 10th.