Cabernet Franc

Name of varietal: Cabernet Franc

Common synonyms: breton, bouchy, bidure, bouchet, cabernet franco, capbreton rouge, kaberne frank, noir dur
 
Parentage of the grape: it’s a chicken or egg scenario. Cab Franc has been determined as one of the parents of Cabernet Sauvignon (the other is Sauvignon Blanc). 
 
History of the grape: References to it in the Loire region of France date as far back as the mid 12th century. But its historic moment came In the 17th century when Cardinal Richelieu selected it for the garden of Abbaye de St. Nicolas de Bourgeuil, where it was attended by an abbot named Breton (hence the local synonym). Plantings spread into Bordeaux in the 18th century, where it met its life partner Sauvignon Blanc, and Cabernet Sauvignon came into existence. It is now mostly used as a blending grape there. However in the Loire and Southwest France, it is still vinified as a varietal wine in the likes of Bourgeuil, Chinon, Tauraine, Saumur, Anjou and the few reds of Read more »

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  • Napa

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  • Bordeaux

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  • Sonoma County

      Wine-making in Sonoma, California began in 1812 when Russian colonists planted grapes at F...

  • USA

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    Wine in Italy is as much an integral part of everyday culture as love, family, cuisine and usin...

  • Chinon

    Chinon Chinon is the most important red-wine appellation in the Touraine part of the Loire...

  • Loire

      The Loire River valley is a massively varied viticultural region in northwestern France. I...

  • Canada

      Canada’s wine-making history is relatively short. Beginning in the early 1800s, some of th...

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  • Scarecrow

    T H E S C A R E C R O W S T O R Y The Scarecrow story begins in a patch of earth with a fabled p...

  • T-Vine Cellars

    We are a very small winery located off the beaten path in Calistoga, behind the owner - winemaker...

  • StoneFly Vineyard

    Founded more than a decade ago on a passion for fly-fishing and fine wine, StoneFly Vineyards pro...

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    In 1992, the Shahabi Brothers began producing wines in the small town of St. Helena, situated in ...

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    Crauford Wine Company was founded in 2000 by Marilyn Crawford Corley, whose family originated in ...

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Cabernet Franc on Snooth

  • Domaine de l'Etoile 2009

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    it is the best wine yet!!! I'm sad that I can't find it in the stores!!!!! I hope they bring it back to the stores soon! Nothing can compare to this wine!!!! Read More

    Wine review by smilesnlaughs


  • Napa Valley grape growers and winemakers wore out their worry beads in 2011. ... ... Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petite Verdot, 3% Merlot Dark ruby with a very purple tone, the complex nose brings baked black cherry, black currant, dark spice, violets, tart blueberry and lavender. The moderate tannins are very fine and chalky on... Read More

    From the article Vintage Update: 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet


  • Le Grand Bouqueteau Chinon 2012

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    Dark Ruby/Burgundy Color with earth/mineral and cinnamon/grape jelly ... Dry ... ... Dry and quite tart. A Cabernet Franc that I keep asking, 'terrific, now where is the Sauvignon?' This clearly felt like here is the half of the Cabernet Sauvignon and to put the two together would be outstandin Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Chat Greysac Medoc Cru Boug 2009

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    Great, bold, earthy, with gobs of grape/boysenberry/plum jam. Dark and opaque garnet/purple color, with a long finish. A bit of earth and mineral. Very Nice - somehow epitomizes French wine. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Ox Eye Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2011

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    Spicy, peppery, tobacco notes. Very dry finish. Light bodied. Bright acidity. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Mira Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by fahouryar


  • Mira Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

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    This wine is smooth and bold and has definitely become a favorite of mine. I highly recommend it. Read More

    Wine review by fahouryar


  • Writer's Block Cabernet Franc 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by Franko4


  • Beau Vigne Cellars Cult Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2011

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    2011 Vintage... Gold painted bottle..-Nice Medium Body, great visual Cabernet. Raspberries... and more Raspberries, with smoke and elegant. Thanks for the Taste Table #4. Served with Porcini and Truffle Rissoto, Gnocchi Gorgonzola and NY Prime Tagliatta and Arugola. Amazing. Read More

    Wine review by William Djubin


  • Domaine de la Noblaie Chinon Rose 2012

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    Very nice rose of cab franc. Hints of ripe strawberry, lime pith, nice acidity and some floral notes on the finish. Very good QPR. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • This is the cab franc I love best so far... http://stoneflyvineyards.windsorvineyards.coresense.com/index/page/static/subpage/about_cabFranc

    Comment by 87843napagirl68 87843 napagirl68


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