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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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  • Couly-Dutheil Chinon Barronie Madeleine 2005 Front Label
    Couly-Dutheil Chinon Barronie Madeleine 2005
    Cabernet Franc from Chinon, Touraine, Loire, France
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    • Jonata El Alma de Jonata 2005  Front Label
      Jonata El Alma de Jonata 2005
      Cabernet Franc from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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    • Domaine de Bois Moze Anjou 2005 Front Label
      Domaine de Bois Moze Anjou 2005
      Cabernet Franc from Anjou, Loire, France
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      • Couly-Dutheil Clos l'Echo Chinon 2005 Front Label
        Couly-Dutheil Clos l'Echo Chinon 2005
        Cabernet Franc from Chinon, Touraine, Loire, France
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      • Cave de Saumur Saumur Champigny Lieu-dit Les Poyeux 2005 Front Label
        Cave de Saumur Saumur Champigny Lieu-dit Les Poyeux 2005
        Cabernet Franc from Saumur, Loire, France
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      • Bernard Baudry Chinon Le Clos Guillot 2005 Front Label
        Bernard Baudry Chinon Le Clos Guillot 2005
        Cabernet Franc from Chinon, Touraine, Loire, France
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      • Catherine & Pierre Breton Trinch! 2005 Front Label
        Catherine & Pierre Breton Trinch! 2005
        Cabernet Franc from Loire, France
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      • Inglenook Rubicon Cabernet Franc 2005
        Cabernet Franc from Napa Valley, California
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        • Paradigm Cabernet Franc 2005 Front Label
          Paradigm Cabernet Franc 2005
          Cabernet Franc from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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          • Poggio al Tesoro Dedicato A Walter Toscana 2005 Front Label
            Poggio al Tesoro Dedicato A Walter Toscana 2005
            Cabernet Franc from Tuscany, Italy
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          • Le Macchiole Paleo 2005 Front Label
            Le Macchiole Paleo 2005
            Cabernet Franc from Tuscany, Italy
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          • Catherine & Pierre Breton Bourgueil Les Galichets 2005 Front Label
            Catherine & Pierre Breton Bourgueil Les Galichets 2005
            Cabernet Franc from Loire, France
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          • Jean-Maurice Raffault Les Galuches Chinon 2005 Front Label
            Jean-Maurice Raffault Les Galuches Chinon 2005
            Cabernet Franc from Chinon, Touraine, Loire, France
            • RP88
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          • Keenan Cabernet Franc 2005 Front Label
            Keenan Cabernet Franc 2005
            Cabernet Franc from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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          • Carrefour Cabernet Franc 2005 Front Label
            Carrefour Cabernet Franc 2005
            Cabernet Franc from Napa Valley, California
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            • Gargiulo Vineyards 575 OVX Cabernet Franc (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005 Front Label
              Gargiulo Vineyards 575 OVX Cabernet Franc (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
              Cabernet Franc from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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              • Couly-Dutheil Chinon La Baronnie Madeleine 2005 Front Label
                Couly-Dutheil Chinon La Baronnie Madeleine 2005
                Cabernet Franc from Chinon, Touraine, Loire, France
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              • Viader DARE Cabernet Franc 2005 Front Label
                Viader DARE Cabernet Franc 2005
                Cabernet Franc from Napa Valley, California
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                • Corey Creek Cabernet Franc 2005 Front Label
                  Corey Creek Cabernet Franc 2005
                  Cabernet Franc from New York, Other U.S.
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                  • Northwest Totem Cellars Cabernet Franc 2005 Front Label
                    Northwest Totem Cellars Cabernet Franc 2005
                    Cabernet Franc from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                    • Jarvis Cabernet Franc 2005 Front Label
                      Jarvis Cabernet Franc 2005
                      Cabernet Franc from Napa Valley, California
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                      • Abacela Cabernet Franc 2005 Front Label
                        Abacela Cabernet Franc 2005
                        Cabernet Franc from Oregon
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                        • Corte Riva Cabernet Franc 2005 Front Label
                          Corte Riva Cabernet Franc 2005
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                          • Cosentino The Franc Cabernet Franc 2005 Front Label
                            Cosentino The Franc Cabernet Franc 2005
                            Cabernet Franc from Lodi, California
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                            • Cougar Crest Cabernet Franc 2005  Front Label
                              Cougar Crest Cabernet Franc 2005
                              Cabernet Franc from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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