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