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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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  • 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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  • Cosentino The Franc 2020  Front Label
    Cosentino The Franc 2020
    Cabernet Franc from Lodi, California
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    • El Enemigo  Gran Enemigo Gualtallary Single Vineyard 2017  Front Label
      El Enemigo Gran Enemigo Gualtallary Single Vineyard 2017
      Cabernet Franc from Mendoza, Argentina
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      • JS97
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    • Chappellet Cabernet Franc 2019  Front Label
      Chappellet Cabernet Franc 2019
      Cabernet Franc from Napa Valley, California
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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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    • Zuccardi Q Cabernet Franc 2020  Front Label
      Zuccardi Q Cabernet Franc 2020
      Cabernet Franc from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
      • JS94
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    • El Enemigo  Cabernet Franc 2018  Front Label
      El Enemigo Cabernet Franc 2018
      Cabernet Franc from Mendoza, Argentina
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    • Le Moulin Chapitre Chinon 2020  Front Label
      Le Moulin Chapitre Chinon 2020
      Cabernet Franc from Chinon, Touraine, Loire, France
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      • Lang & Reed Two-Fourteen Cabernet Franc 2016  Front Label
        Lang & Reed Two-Fourteen Cabernet Franc 2016
        Cabernet Franc from Napa Valley, California
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        • RP92
        • WS90
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      • Domaine de la Chanteleuserie Bourgueil Rouge Cuvee Alouettes 2020  Front Label
        Domaine de la Chanteleuserie Bourgueil Rouge Cuvee Alouettes 2020
        Cabernet Franc from Bourgueil, Touraine, Loire, France
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        • Zuccardi San Pablo Poligonos del Valle de Uco Cabernet Franc 2019  Front Label
          Zuccardi San Pablo Poligonos del Valle de Uco Cabernet Franc 2019
          Cabernet Franc from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
          • RP94
          • D93
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        • Zorzal Piantao 2013  Front Label
          Zorzal Piantao 2013
          Cabernet Franc from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
          • RP93
          • JS92
          • WS90
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        • Botanica Wines Big Flower Cabernet Franc 2020  Front Label
          Botanica Wines Big Flower Cabernet Franc 2020
          Cabernet Franc from South Africa
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          • Charles Joguet Chinon Les Varennes du Grand Clos 2018  Front Label
            Charles Joguet Chinon Les Varennes du Grand Clos 2018
            Cabernet Franc from Chinon, Touraine, Loire, France
            • RP93
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          • Catena Appellation San Carlos Cabernet Franc 2019  Front Label
            Catena Appellation San Carlos Cabernet Franc 2019
            Cabernet Franc from Mendoza, Argentina
            • RP93
            3.8 6 Ratings
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          • Steele Cabernet Franc 2018  Front Label
            Steele Cabernet Franc 2018
            Cabernet Franc from Lake County, North Coast, California
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            • Charles Joguet Chinon Clos de la Dioterie 2017  Front Label
              Charles Joguet Chinon Clos de la Dioterie 2017
              Cabernet Franc from Chinon, Touraine, Loire, France
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            • Domaine Paul Buisse Chinon 2020  Front Label
              Domaine Paul Buisse Chinon 2020
              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
                • RP93
                • WE93
                3.5 25 Ratings
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              • Catherine & Pierre Breton Trinch! 2020  Front Label
                Catherine & Pierre Breton Trinch! 2020
                Cabernet Franc from Bourgueil, Touraine, Loire, 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
                  • V91
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                • Barboursville Cabernet Franc Reserve 2020  Front Label
                  Barboursville Cabernet Franc Reserve 2020
                  Cabernet Franc from Virginia, Other U.S.
                  • JS92
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                • Charles Joguet Chinon Cuvee Terroir 2019  Front Label
                  Charles Joguet Chinon Cuvee Terroir 2019
                  Cabernet Franc from Chinon, Touraine, Loire, France
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                  • Henri Bourgeois Petit Bourgeois Cabernet Franc 2018  Front Label
                    Henri Bourgeois Petit Bourgeois Cabernet Franc 2018
                    Cabernet Franc from France
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                    • Domaine Laroque Cite de Carcassonne Cabernet Franc 2019  Front Label
                      Domaine Laroque Cite de Carcassonne Cabernet Franc 2019
                      Cabernet Franc from Languedoc, South of France, France
                        3.8 93 Ratings
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