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Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Franc is one of the great, underappreciated grapes of the world. The backbone for many famous Bordeaux, it’s also the grape responsible for the great red wines of the Loire Valley, where it pumps out bright, crisp examples that feature the red fruit, moderate tannins and soft texture of medium-bodied Cab Franc while incorporating some of the herbaceousness the grape is known for.

In extreme examples, that herbaceousness can verge on full on vegetal, with notes of tomato leaf, tomato, dill and potting soil dominating the nose. Typically, however, there are simple herbal elements adding complexity to a great Cabernet Franc. If Cabernet Franc sounds like your thing but you really don’t need to notice the herb, check out…

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  • Out of curiosity, where are you finding good examples of single varietal Petit Verdot?

    Sep 13, 2011 at 11:55 AM

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