The subtler and more delicate of the Cabernets ...
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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Le Macchiole Paleo 2011Cabernet Franc from Tuscany, Italy
Saget la Perriere Marie de Beauregard Chinon 2011Cabernet Franc from Chinon, Touraine, Loire, France
Charles Joguet Chinon Cuvee Terroir 2011Cabernet Franc from Chinon, Touraine, Loire, France
Domaine de Pallus Chinon Les Pensees de Pallus 2011Cabernet Franc from Chinon, Touraine, Loire, France
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Le Macchiole Paleo (3 Liter Bottle) 2011Cabernet Franc from Tuscany, Italy
Le Macchiole Paleo (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011Cabernet Franc from Tuscany, Italy