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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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  • Ironstone Reserve Cabernet Franc 2016 Front Label
    Ironstone Reserve Cabernet Franc 2016
    Cabernet Franc from Sierra Foothills, California
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  • Peju Province Cabernet Franc 2016  Front Label
    Peju Province Cabernet Franc 2016
    Cabernet Franc from Napa Valley, California
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  • Pellegrini Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2007 Front Label
    Pellegrini Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2007
    Cabernet Franc from New York, Other U.S.
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  • Andis Cabernet Franc 2017  Front Label
    Andis Cabernet Franc 2017
    Cabernet Franc from Sierra Foothills, California
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  • Clau de Nell Cabernet Franc 2013 Front Label
    Clau de Nell Cabernet Franc 2013
    Cabernet Franc from Loire, France
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  • Calcu Cabernet Franc 2016 Front Label
    Calcu Cabernet Franc 2016
    Cabernet Franc from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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  • Maquis Cabernet Franc 2015 Front Label
    Maquis Cabernet Franc 2015
    Cabernet Franc from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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