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Cabernet Franc

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The subtler and more delicate of the Cabernets, Cabernet Franc is a proud parent of Cabernet Sauvignon. While both are important grapes in modern day, high quality Bordeaux, interestingly, Cabernet Franc most likely originated from the Basque region of France sometime during the middle 1600s. Today Cabernet Franc produces outstanding single varietal wines across the wine producing world, with some of its most classic examples from France’s Loire Valley, in the regions of Chinon, Bourgueil and Saumur-Champigny. Outside of France, Cabernet Franc performs quite well in parts of California, New York and Virginia. It is also a great blending grape.

Tasting Notes for Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Franc is a dry red wine and typically tastes of red raspberry, strawberry and herb, with a stunning perfume of violets, tobacco and spice.

Perfect Food Pairings for Cabernet Franc

Mouthwatering acidity makes Cabernet Franc an incredibly food-friendly wine, helping to cut through the richness of fatty meat dishes. It especially shines in tandem with lamb, and its affinity for the spice cabinet allows it to pair perfectly with Chinese dishes prepared with Szechuan pepper and five-spice.

Sommelier Secrets for Cabernet Franc

One of California's best-kept secrets is the Happy Canyon appellation of Santa Barbara. Here Cabernet Franc shines as a single varietal wine or in blends, expressing sumptuous fruit, savory aromas and polished tannins.

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  • Lang & Reed Cabernet Franc 2016  Front Label
    Lang & Reed Cabernet Franc 2016
    Cabernet Franc from North Coast, California
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    • Lang & Reed Two-Fourteen Cabernet Franc 2014 Front Label
      Lang & Reed Two-Fourteen Cabernet Franc 2014
      Cabernet Franc from Napa Valley, California
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    • Charles Joguet Chinon Cuvee Terroir 2018  Front Label
      Charles Joguet Chinon Cuvee Terroir 2018
      Cabernet Franc from Chinon, Touraine, Loire, France
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      • El Enemigo  Cabernet Franc 2017  Front Label
        El Enemigo Cabernet Franc 2017
        Cabernet Franc from Mendoza, Argentina
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      • Cosentino The Franc 2018 Front Label
        Cosentino The Franc 2018
        Cabernet Franc from Lodi, California
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      • Steele Writer's Block Cabernet Franc 2016  Front Label
        Steele Writer's Block Cabernet Franc 2016
        Cabernet Franc from Lake County, North Coast, California
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      • Barboursville Cabernet Franc Reserve 2018  Front Label
        Barboursville Cabernet Franc Reserve 2018
        Cabernet Franc from Virginia, Other U.S.
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        • Catena Appellation San Carlos Cabernet Franc 2017  Front Label
          Catena Appellation San Carlos Cabernet Franc 2017
          Cabernet Franc from Mendoza, Argentina
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          • Vinum Cellars The Scrapper Cabernet Franc 2016  Front Label
            Vinum Cellars The Scrapper Cabernet Franc 2016
            Cabernet Franc from El Dorado, Sierra Foothills, California
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            • Andrew Will Winery Cabernet Franc 2016 Front Label
              Andrew Will Winery Cabernet Franc 2016
              Cabernet Franc from Columbia Valley, Washington
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            • Clos Rougeard Saumur-Champigny Les Poyeux 2014  Front Bottle Shot
              Clos Rougeard Saumur-Champigny Les Poyeux 2014
              Cabernet Franc from Saumur, Loire, France
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            • Clos Rougeard Saumur-Champigny 2014  Front Label
              Clos Rougeard Saumur-Champigny 2014
              Cabernet Franc from Saumur, Loire, France
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              • Alexander Cabernet Franc Reserve (OU Kosher) 2014  Front Label
                Alexander Cabernet Franc Reserve (OU Kosher) 2014
                Cabernet Franc from Israel
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                • Bodegas Renacer Punto Final Gran Cabernet Franc 2014  Front Label
                  Bodegas Renacer Punto Final Gran Cabernet Franc 2014
                  Cabernet Franc from Mendoza, Argentina
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                  • El Enemigo  Gran Enemigo Agrelo Single Vineyard 2014  Front Label
                    El Enemigo Gran Enemigo Agrelo Single Vineyard 2014
                    Cabernet Franc from Mendoza, Argentina
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                  • Delectus Cabernet Franc 2012  Front Label
                    Delectus Cabernet Franc 2012
                    Cabernet Franc from Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California
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