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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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    Jonata El Alma de Jonata 2015
    Cabernet Franc from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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    Red Newt Cellars Glacier Ridge Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2015
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    • Lieu Dit Cabernet Franc 2015 Front Label
      Lieu Dit Cabernet Franc 2015
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        Andis Cabernet Franc 2015
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        • Selene Chesler Cabernet Franc 2015 Front Label
          Selene Chesler Cabernet Franc 2015
          Cabernet Franc from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
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          • Lo-Fi Wines Cabernet Franc 2015 Front Label
            Lo-Fi Wines Cabernet Franc 2015
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            • Fox Run Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2015 Front Label
              Fox Run Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2015
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              • Savage Grace Wines Copeland Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2015 Front Label
                Savage Grace Wines Copeland Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2015
                Cabernet Franc from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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              • Garage Wine Co. Cabernet Franc 2015 Front Label
                Garage Wine Co. Cabernet Franc 2015
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                • Paradigm Cabernet Franc 2015
                  Cabernet Franc from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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                • La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet Franc 2015  Front Label
                  La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet Franc 2015
                  Cabernet Franc from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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                • Wolffer Estate Caya Cabernet Franc 2015 Front Label
                  Wolffer Estate Caya Cabernet Franc 2015
                  Cabernet Franc from Long Island, New York, Other U.S.
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                • Owen Roe Rosa Mystica Cabernet Franc 2015 Front Label
                  Owen Roe Rosa Mystica Cabernet Franc 2015
                  Cabernet Franc from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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                • Vineyard 29 Estate Cabernet Franc 2015  Front Label
                  Vineyard 29 Estate Cabernet Franc 2015
                  Cabernet Franc from Napa Valley, California
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