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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 1600’s. 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.
In the Glass
Cabernet Franc typically tastes of red raspberries, cherries and herbs, with a stunning perfume of violets, tobacco and spice.
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.
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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Selene Chesler Cabernet Franc 2015Cabernet Franc from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
Savage Grace Wines Copeland Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2017Cabernet Franc from Rattlesnake Hills, Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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Lang & Reed Two-Fourteen Cabernet Franc 2014Cabernet Franc from Napa Valley, California
Camp Cabernet Franc 2017Cabernet Franc from Sonoma County, California
Metaphora Cabernet Franc 2013Cabernet Franc from Sierra Foothills, California