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Gašper, Cabernet Franc Selekcija 2017
Goriška Brda, Slovenia is an extension of Collio in Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy. It’s known as the premier region for Slovenian wine. The specialty of Brda (short for Goriška Brda) is orange wine, especially from the grape Rebula (Ribolla Gialla across the border in Italy).
There are some fabulous reds in Brda too, most of which are based off Merlot. The other Bordeaux grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc make cameos but are often used as blending grapes and not made into varietal wines. That’s what makes the Gašper, Cabernet Franc Selekcija unique.
Gašper is owned by Gašper Čarman. He is one of the most renowned sommeliers in Slovenia and is the founder of eVino, the biggest online Slovenian wine shop. Gašper producers his line of Slovenian wines in cooperation with the biggest cooperative in Goriška Brda known as Klet Brda. Gašper wines have been well received over the years but struck platinum with their Cabernet Franc Selekcija.
The Gašper, Cabernet Franc Selekcija 2017 is the first red Slovenian wine to receive a Platinum Medal at the Decanter World Wine Awards. This is an intense, full-bodied Cabernet Franc. It has a touch of funk that might make people believe it is French. Notes of black cherry, leather, funk, capsicum, and graphite. Weighty on the palate with light tannins. The intensity of the flavor on the mid-palate and finish are what stand out here. We’d like a little more tannin but overall, this is a beautiful wine.
Score: 92/100 (You can find out more about our scoring system on the WINE RATING page.)
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We purchased this wine from Enozoik Web Shop in Croatia.
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