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Cabernet Franc Wine

Learn about Cabernet Franc — taste profile, popular regions and more …

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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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  • Sur de los Andes Reserva Cabernet Franc 2017  Front Label
    Sur de los Andes Reserva Cabernet Franc 2017
    Cabernet Franc from Mendoza, Argentina
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    El Enemigo Gran Enemigo Gualtallary Single Vineyard 2017
    Cabernet Franc from Mendoza, Argentina
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    Charles Joguet Chinon Clos de la Dioterie 2017
    Cabernet Franc from Chinon, Touraine, Loire, France
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  • Zorzal Eggo Franco Cabernet Franc 2017  Front Label
    Zorzal Eggo Franco Cabernet Franc 2017
    Cabernet Franc from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Or Haganuz Marom Cabernet Franc (OU Kosher) 2017  Front Label
    Or Haganuz Marom Cabernet Franc (OU Kosher) 2017
    Cabernet Franc from Israel
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    • Steele Writer's Block Cabernet Franc 2017  Front Label
      Steele Writer's Block Cabernet Franc 2017
      Cabernet Franc from Lake County, North Coast, California
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      • Raats Cabernet Franc 2017  Front Label
        Raats Cabernet Franc 2017
        Cabernet Franc from South Africa
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      • Andrew Will Winery Cabernet Franc 2017  Front Label
        Andrew Will Winery Cabernet Franc 2017
        Cabernet Franc from Columbia Valley, Washington
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      • El Enemigo  Gran Enemigo Agrelo Single Vineyard 2017  Front Label
        El Enemigo Gran Enemigo Agrelo Single Vineyard 2017
        Cabernet Franc from Mendoza, Argentina
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      • Vinum Cellars The Scrapper Cabernet Franc 2017  Front Label
        Vinum Cellars The Scrapper Cabernet Franc 2017
        Cabernet Franc from El Dorado, Sierra Foothills, California
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      • Alexander Cabernet Franc Reserve (OU Kosher) 2017  Front Label
        Alexander Cabernet Franc Reserve (OU Kosher) 2017
        Cabernet Franc from Israel
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