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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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  • Lang & Reed Two-Fourteen Cabernet Franc 2014 Front Label
    Lang & Reed Two-Fourteen Cabernet Franc 2014
    Cabernet Franc from Napa Valley, California
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    Domaine de Pallus Chinon Les Pensees de Pallus 2014
    Cabernet Franc from Chinon, Touraine, Loire, France
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  • Rudius Sugarloaf Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2014 Front Label
    Rudius Sugarloaf Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2014
    Cabernet Franc from Coombsville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Barboursville Cabernet Franc Reserve 2014 Front Label
    Barboursville Cabernet Franc Reserve 2014
    Cabernet Franc from Virginia, Other U.S.
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  • Lang & Reed Cabernet Franc 2014 Front Label
    Lang & Reed Cabernet Franc 2014
    Cabernet Franc from North Coast, California
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  • Charles Joguet Chinon Clos de la Dioterie 2014 Front Label
    Charles Joguet Chinon Clos de la Dioterie 2014
    Cabernet Franc from Chinon, Touraine, Loire, France
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  • Catherine & Pierre Breton Trinch! 2014 Front Label
    Catherine & Pierre Breton Trinch! 2014
    Cabernet Franc from Bourgueil, Touraine, Loire, France
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  • Philippe Alliet Chinon Vieilles Vignes 2014 Front Label
    Philippe Alliet Chinon Vieilles Vignes 2014
    Cabernet Franc from Chinon, Touraine, Loire, France
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  • Charles Joguet Chinon Les Petites Roches 2014 Front Label
    Charles Joguet Chinon Les Petites Roches 2014
    Cabernet Franc from Chinon, Touraine, Loire, France
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  • Domaine Grosbois Chinon Gabare 2014 Front Label
    Domaine Grosbois Chinon Gabare 2014
    Cabernet Franc from Chinon, Touraine, Loire, France
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  • El Enemigo  Gran Enemigo Gualtallary Single Vineyard 2014  Front Label
    El Enemigo Gran Enemigo Gualtallary Single Vineyard 2014
    Cabernet Franc from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Philippe Alliet Chinon 2014 Front Label
    Philippe Alliet Chinon 2014
    Cabernet Franc from Chinon, Touraine, Loire, France
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  • Clau de Nell Cabernet Franc 2014 Front Label
    Clau de Nell Cabernet Franc 2014
    Cabernet Franc from Loire, France
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  • Marc Bredif Chinon 2014 Front Label
    Marc Bredif Chinon 2014
    Cabernet Franc from Chinon, Touraine, Loire, France
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  • Le Macchiole Paleo 2014 Front Label
    Le Macchiole Paleo 2014
    Cabernet Franc from Tuscany, Italy
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