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Cabernet Franc

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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.

Tasting Notes for Cabernet Franc

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.

Perfect Food Pairings for Cabernet Franc

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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    • Le Macchiole Paleo 1998 Front Label
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        Marc Bredif Chinon 1998
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        • Steele Cabernet Franc 1998 Front Label
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          • Behrens & Hitchcock Cabernet Franc 1998 Front Label
            Behrens & Hitchcock Cabernet Franc 1998
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          • Palmer Cabernet Franc 1998 Front Label
            Palmer Cabernet Franc 1998
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            • Columbia Winery Red Willow Cabernet Franc 1998
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            • Dynamite Vineyards Cabernet Franc 1998
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                • Steele Shooting Star Cabernet Franc 1998 Front Label
                  Steele Shooting Star Cabernet Franc 1998
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                  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Franc 1998 Front Label
                    Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Franc 1998
                    Cabernet Franc from Sonoma County, California
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                  • Paradigm Cabernet Franc 1998  Front Label
                    Paradigm Cabernet Franc 1998
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                    • La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet Franc 1998 Front Label
                      La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet Franc 1998
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