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 1600’s. 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.
In the Glass
Cabernet Franc typically tastes of red raspberries, cherries and herbs, with a stunning perfume of violets, tobacco and spice.
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.
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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El Enemigo Gran Enemigo Gualtallary Single Vineyard 2014Cabernet Franc from Mendoza, Argentina
Domaine de Pallus Chinon Les Pensees de Pallus 2014Cabernet Franc from Chinon, Touraine, Loire, France
Domaine de la Noblaie Chinon Rouge Les Chiens-Chiens 2014Cabernet Franc from Chinon, Touraine, Loire, France
Pulenta Gran Cabernet Franc XI 2014Cabernet Franc from Argentina
Lang & Reed Two-Fourteen Cabernet Franc 2014Cabernet Franc from Napa Valley, California
Palazzo Cabernet Franc 2014Cabernet Franc from Napa Valley, California
Paradigm Cabernet Franc 2014Cabernet Franc from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
Lang & Reed Cabernet Franc 2014Cabernet Franc from North Coast, California
Maxville Cabernet Franc 2014Cabernet Franc from Napa Valley, California
Clau de Nell Cabernet Franc 2014Cabernet Franc from Loire, France