Cabernet Franc Wine
Learn about Cabernet Franc — taste profile, popular regions and more …
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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- Pinot Noir284
- Bordeaux Red Blends277
- Other Red Blends179
- Rhône Blends89
- Other Red Wine25
- Tuscan Blends18
- Petite Sirah15
- Cabernet Franc14
- Nero d'Avola2
- Pinot Meunier2
- Standard (750ml)14
Inniskillin Cabernet Franc 1998Cabernet Franc from Canada
Le Macchiole Paleo 1998Cabernet Franc from Tuscany, Italy
Marc Bredif Chinon 1998Cabernet Franc from Chinon, Touraine, Loire, France
Fox Run Vineyards Cabernet Franc 1998Cabernet Franc from New York, Other U.S.
Steele Cabernet Franc 1998Cabernet Franc from California
Palmer Cabernet Franc 1998Cabernet Franc from New York, Other U.S.
Dynamite Vineyards Cabernet Franc 1998Cabernet Franc from Sonoma County, California
Behrens & Hitchcock Cabernet Franc 1998Cabernet Franc from Napa Valley, California
Columbia Winery Red Willow Cabernet Franc 1998Cabernet Franc from Columbia Valley, Washington
Steele Shooting Star Cabernet Franc 1998Cabernet Franc from California
Hargrave Cabernet Franc Reserve 1998Cabernet Franc from New York, Other U.S.
Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Franc 1998Cabernet Franc from Sonoma County, California