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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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    Andis Cabernet Franc 2017
    Cabernet Franc from Sierra Foothills, California
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    Savage Grace Wines Copeland Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2017
    Cabernet Franc from Rattlesnake Hills, Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    Garage Wine Co. Pirque Vineyard Lot 90 Cabernet Franc 2017
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    • Lieu Dit Cabernet Franc 2017 Front Label
      Lieu Dit Cabernet Franc 2017
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      • Camp Cabernet Franc 2017  Front Label
        Camp Cabernet Franc 2017
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        • Lo-Fi Wines Cabernet Franc 2017  Front Label
          Lo-Fi Wines Cabernet Franc 2017
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          • Owen Roe Rosa Mystica Cabernet Franc 2017  Front Label
            Owen Roe Rosa Mystica Cabernet Franc 2017
            Cabernet Franc from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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            • Fox Run Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2017  Front Label
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              • Tessier Alegria Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2017 Front Label
                Tessier Alegria Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2017
                Cabernet Franc from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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                • Wolffer Estate Caya Cabernet Franc 2017  Front Label
                  Wolffer Estate Caya Cabernet Franc 2017
                  Cabernet Franc from Long Island, New York, Other U.S.
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                • Paradigm Cabernet Franc 2017  Front Label
                  Paradigm Cabernet Franc 2017
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                  • Lieu Dit Cabernet Franc Sans Soufre 2017 Front Label
                    Lieu Dit Cabernet Franc Sans Soufre 2017
                    Cabernet Franc from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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