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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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  • Michael David Winery Inkblot Cabernet Franc 2017  Front Label
    Michael David Winery Inkblot Cabernet Franc 2017
    Cabernet Franc from Lodi, California
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  • Duemani CiFRA Cabernet Franc 2017 Front Label
    Duemani CiFRA Cabernet Franc 2017
    Cabernet Franc from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Bernard Baudry Chinon Le Clos Guillot 2017  Front Label
    Bernard Baudry Chinon Le Clos Guillot 2017
    Cabernet Franc from Chinon, Touraine, Loire, France
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  • Perez Cruz Limited Edition Cabernet Franc 2017  Front Label
    Perez Cruz Limited Edition Cabernet Franc 2017
    Cabernet Franc from Maipo Valley, Chile
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    • Domaine de la Noblaie Chinon Rouge Les Chiens-Chiens 2017  Front Label
      Domaine de la Noblaie Chinon Rouge Les Chiens-Chiens 2017
      Cabernet Franc from Chinon, Touraine, Loire, France
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    • Domaine de L'Enchantoir Saumur Puy Notre Dame Le Pied a l'Etrier 2017  Front Label
      Domaine de L'Enchantoir Saumur Puy Notre Dame Le Pied a l'Etrier 2017
      Cabernet Franc from Saumur, Loire, France
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    • Ironstone Reserve Cabernet Franc 2017  Front Label
      Ironstone Reserve Cabernet Franc 2017
      Cabernet Franc from Sierra Foothills, California
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      • Hermann J. Wiemer Cabernet Franc 2017 Front Label
        Hermann J. Wiemer Cabernet Franc 2017
        Cabernet Franc from Finger Lakes, New York, Other U.S.
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        • Catherine & Pierre Breton Bourgueil La Dilettante 2017  Front Label
          Catherine & Pierre Breton Bourgueil La Dilettante 2017
          Cabernet Franc from Loire, France
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          • Catherine & Pierre Breton Bourgueil Nuits d' Ivresse 2017 Front Label
            Catherine & Pierre Breton Bourgueil Nuits d' Ivresse 2017
            Cabernet Franc from Loire, France
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            • Catherine & Pierre Breton Trinch! 2017 Front Label
              Catherine & Pierre Breton Trinch! 2017
              Cabernet Franc from Bourgueil, Touraine, Loire, France
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              • Leah Jorgensen Southern Oregon Cabernet Franc 2017 Front Label
                Leah Jorgensen Southern Oregon Cabernet Franc 2017
                Cabernet Franc from Oregon
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                • Domaine du Bel Air Bourgueil Jour de Soif 2017 Front Label
                  Domaine du Bel Air Bourgueil Jour de Soif 2017
                  Cabernet Franc from Bourgueil, Touraine, Loire, France
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                  • Lo-Fi Wines Cabernet Franc 2017  Front Label
                    Lo-Fi Wines Cabernet Franc 2017
                    Cabernet Franc from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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                    • Chateau du Hureau Saumur-Champigny Tuffe 2017 Front Label
                      Chateau du Hureau Saumur-Champigny Tuffe 2017
                      Cabernet Franc from Saumur, Loire, France
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                    • Camp Cabernet Franc 2017  Front Label
                      Camp Cabernet Franc 2017
                      Cabernet Franc from Sonoma County, California
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                      • Bernard Baudry Chinon 2017  Front Label
                        Bernard Baudry Chinon 2017
                        Cabernet Franc from Chinon, Touraine, Loire, France
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                      • Philippe Alliet Chinon 2017 Front Label
                        Philippe Alliet Chinon 2017
                        Cabernet Franc from Chinon, Touraine, Loire, France
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                        • Domaine de la Pepiere La Pepie Cabernet Franc 2017 Front Label
                          Domaine de la Pepiere La Pepie Cabernet Franc 2017
                          Cabernet Franc from Loire, France
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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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                            • Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Grezeaux 2017  Front Label
                              Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Grezeaux 2017
                              Cabernet Franc from Chinon, Touraine, Loire, France
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                            • Philippe Alliet Chinon Vieilles Vignes 2017  Front Label
                              Philippe Alliet Chinon Vieilles Vignes 2017
                              Cabernet Franc from Chinon, Touraine, Loire, France
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