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Cabernet Franc Wine

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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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    El Enemigo Cabernet Franc 2018
    Cabernet Franc from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Mt. Brave Cabernet Franc 2018  Front Label
    Mt. Brave Cabernet Franc 2018
    Cabernet Franc from Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California
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    Charles Joguet Chinon Les Varennes du Grand Clos 2018
    Cabernet Franc from Chinon, Touraine, Loire, France
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  • Steele Cabernet Franc 2018  Front Label
    Steele Cabernet Franc 2018
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      Henri Bourgeois Petit Bourgeois Cabernet Franc 2018
      Cabernet Franc from France
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      • Domaine de la Noblaie Chinon Rouge Les Chiens-Chiens 2018  Front Label
        Domaine de la Noblaie Chinon Rouge Les Chiens-Chiens 2018
        Cabernet Franc from Chinon, Touraine, Loire, France
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      • Carmelo Patti Cabernet Franc 2018  Front Label
        Carmelo Patti Cabernet Franc 2018
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        • Maquis Cabernet Franc 2018  Front Label
          Maquis Cabernet Franc 2018
          Cabernet Franc from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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        • La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet Franc 2018  Front Label
          La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet Franc 2018
          Cabernet Franc from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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        • Charles Joguet Chinon Clos de la Dioterie 2018  Front Label
          Charles Joguet Chinon Clos de la Dioterie 2018
          Cabernet Franc from Chinon, Touraine, Loire, France
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          • Russiz Superiore Cabernet Franc 2018  Front Label
            Russiz Superiore Cabernet Franc 2018
            Cabernet Franc from Collio Goriziano, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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            • Familia Salton Intenso Cabernet Franc 2018  Front Label
              Familia Salton Intenso Cabernet Franc 2018
              Cabernet Franc from Brazil
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            • Lamadrid Single Vineyard Reserva Cabernet Franc 2018  Front Label
              Lamadrid Single Vineyard Reserva Cabernet Franc 2018
              Cabernet Franc from Mendoza, Argentina
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            • Keenan Upper Bowl Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2018  Front Label
              Keenan Upper Bowl Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2018
              Cabernet Franc from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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            • Charles Joguet Chinon Cuvee de la Cure 2018  Front Label
              Charles Joguet Chinon Cuvee de la Cure 2018
              Cabernet Franc from Chinon, Touraine, Loire, France
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