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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Catena Appellation San Carlos Cabernet Franc 2018Cabernet Franc from Mendoza, Argentina
Chappellet Cabernet Franc 2018Cabernet Franc from Napa Valley, California
Domaine de la Noblaie Chinon Rouge Les Chiens-Chiens 2018Cabernet Franc from Chinon, Touraine, Loire, France
Henri Bourgeois Petit Bourgeois Cabernet Franc 2018Cabernet Franc from France
La Celia Pioneer Cabernet Franc 2018Cabernet Franc from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
Zuccardi San Pablo Poligonos del Valle de Uco Cabernet Franc 2018Cabernet Franc from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
Barboursville Cabernet Franc Reserve 2018Cabernet Franc from Virginia, Other U.S.
Pulenta Gran Cabernet Franc XI 2018Cabernet Franc from Argentina
J. Bookwalter Suspense 2018Cabernet Franc from Columbia Valley, Washington
Carmelo Patti Cabernet Franc 2018Cabernet Franc from Mendoza, Argentina
Titus Cabernet Franc 2018Cabernet Franc from Napa Valley, California