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Cabernet Franc Wine

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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.

Cabernet Franc Tasting Notes

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.

Cabernet Franc Food Pairings

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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    Thierry Germain Saumur Champigny Clos de l'Echelier 2015
    Cabernet Franc from Saumur, Loire, France
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  • El Enemigo  Cabernet Franc 2018  Front Label
    El Enemigo Cabernet Franc 2018
    Cabernet Franc from Mendoza, Argentina
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    Charles Joguet Chinon Clos de la Dioterie 2017
    Cabernet Franc from Chinon, Touraine, Loire, France
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  • Duemani CiFRA Cabernet Franc 2020  Front Label
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    Cabernet Franc from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Zuccardi San Pablo Poligonos del Valle de Uco Cabernet Franc 2019  Front Label
    Zuccardi San Pablo Poligonos del Valle de Uco Cabernet Franc 2019
    Cabernet Franc from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Zorzal Eggo Franco Cabernet Franc 2017  Front Label
    Zorzal Eggo Franco Cabernet Franc 2017
    Cabernet Franc from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Andrew Will Winery Cabernet Franc 2017  Front Label
    Andrew Will Winery Cabernet Franc 2017
    Cabernet Franc from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Catena Appellation San Carlos Cabernet Franc 2019  Front Label
    Catena Appellation San Carlos Cabernet Franc 2019
    Cabernet Franc from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Thierry Germain Saumur Champigny La Marginale 2019  Front Label
    Thierry Germain Saumur Champigny La Marginale 2019
    Cabernet Franc from Saumur, Loire, France
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  • Palazzo California  Cabernet Franc Reserve 2016  Front Label
    Palazzo California Cabernet Franc Reserve 2016
    Cabernet Franc from Napa Valley, California
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  • Zorzal Piantao 2013  Front Label
    Zorzal Piantao 2013
    Cabernet Franc from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Raats Cabernet Franc 2017  Front Label
    Raats Cabernet Franc 2017
    Cabernet Franc from South Africa
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  • El Enemigo  Gran Enemigo Agrelo Single Vineyard 2017  Front Label
    El Enemigo Gran Enemigo Agrelo Single Vineyard 2017
    Cabernet Franc from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet Franc 2018  Front Label
    La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet Franc 2018
    Cabernet Franc from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Mt. Brave Cabernet Franc 2018  Front Label
    Mt. Brave Cabernet Franc 2018
    Cabernet Franc from Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California
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  • Chappellet Cabernet Franc 2019  Front Label
    Chappellet Cabernet Franc 2019
    Cabernet Franc from Napa Valley, California
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  • Charles Joguet Chinon Les Varennes du Grand Clos 2018  Front Label
    Charles Joguet Chinon Les Varennes du Grand Clos 2018
    Cabernet Franc from Chinon, Touraine, Loire, France
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  • El Enemigo  Gran Enemigo Gualtallary Single Vineyard 2017  Front Label
    El Enemigo Gran Enemigo Gualtallary Single Vineyard 2017
    Cabernet Franc from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Lang & Reed Two-Fourteen Cabernet Franc 2016  Front Label
    Lang & Reed Two-Fourteen Cabernet Franc 2016
    Cabernet Franc from Napa Valley, California
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  • Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Gustaf Cabernet Franc 2016  Front Label
    Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Gustaf Cabernet Franc 2016
    Cabernet Franc from Napa Valley, California
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