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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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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2004 Front Label
    Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2004
    Cabernet Franc from Sonoma County, California
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  • Clos LaChance Estate Cabernet Franc 2004 Front Label
    Clos LaChance Estate Cabernet Franc 2004
    Cabernet Franc from Central Coast, California
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    • Le Macchiole Paleo 2004 Front Label
      Le Macchiole Paleo 2004
      Cabernet Franc from Tuscany, Italy
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    • Ironstone Reserve Cabernet Franc 2004 Front Label
      Ironstone Reserve Cabernet Franc 2004
      Cabernet Franc from Sierra Foothills, California
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    • Inniskillin Cabernet Franc (375ML half-bottle) 2004 Front Label
      Inniskillin Cabernet Franc (375ML half-bottle) 2004
      Cabernet Franc from Canada
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      • Jonata El Alma de Jonata 2004
        Cabernet Franc from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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        • Jarvis Cabernet Franc (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004
          Cabernet Franc from Napa Valley, California
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          • Couly-Dutheil Chinon La Baronnie Madeleine 2004 Front Label
            Couly-Dutheil Chinon La Baronnie Madeleine 2004
            Cabernet Franc from Chinon, Touraine, Loire, France
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          • Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Franc (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004 Front Label
            Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Franc (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004
            Cabernet Franc from Sonoma County, California
            • WE93
            • WS92
            • W&S91
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          • Keenan Cabernet Franc 2004 Front Label
            Keenan Cabernet Franc 2004
            Cabernet Franc from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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          • Lang & Reed Premier Etage Cabernet Franc 2004 Front Label
            Lang & Reed Premier Etage Cabernet Franc 2004
            Cabernet Franc from Napa Valley, California
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            • Paradigm Cabernet Franc 2004 Front Label
              Paradigm Cabernet Franc 2004
              Cabernet Franc from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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              • Maryhill Proprietor's Reserve Cabernet Franc 2004 Front Label
                Maryhill Proprietor's Reserve Cabernet Franc 2004
                Cabernet Franc from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                • Del Dotto Cabernet Franc 2004 Front Label
                  Del Dotto Cabernet Franc 2004
                  Cabernet Franc from Napa Valley, California
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                  • Pierre Plouzeau Touraine Clos de Maulevrier Ante Phylloxera Franc de Pied 2004 Front Label
                    Pierre Plouzeau Touraine Clos de Maulevrier Ante Phylloxera Franc de Pied 2004
                    Cabernet Franc from Touraine, Loire, France
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                    • Domaine Matignon Anjou Villages 2004 Front Label
                      Domaine Matignon Anjou Villages 2004
                      Cabernet Franc from Anjou, Loire, France
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                      • Spangler Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2004 Front Label
                        Spangler Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2004
                        Cabernet Franc from Oregon
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                        • Crocker & Starr Cabernet Franc 2004 Front Label
                          Crocker & Starr Cabernet Franc 2004
                          Cabernet Franc from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
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                          • Yorkville Cellars Cabernet Franc 2004 Front Label
                            Yorkville Cellars Cabernet Franc 2004
                            Cabernet Franc from Yorkville Highlands, Mendocino, California
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                            • Maurigi Sicilia Granny 2004 Front Label
                              Maurigi Sicilia Granny 2004
                              Cabernet Franc from Sicily, Italy
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                              • Jarvis Cabernet Franc 2004 Front Label
                                Jarvis Cabernet Franc 2004
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                                • Artesa Limited Release Cabernet Franc 2004 Front Label
                                  Artesa Limited Release Cabernet Franc 2004
                                  Cabernet Franc from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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                                  • Corliss Cabernet Franc 2004 Front Label
                                    Corliss Cabernet Franc 2004
                                    Cabernet Franc from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                                    • Cosentino Reserve Cabernet Franc 2004 Front Label
                                      Cosentino Reserve Cabernet Franc 2004
                                      Cabernet Franc from Napa Valley, California
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                                      • Walla Walla Vintners Cabernet Franc 2004  Front Label
                                        Walla Walla Vintners Cabernet Franc 2004
                                        Cabernet Franc from Columbia Valley, Washington
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