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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  • Freemark Abbey Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Wine 2012

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    Stunning wine for the price and age has done it well. Blackberries in spades, currant, a touch of sweet black cherries on the back end, a slight touch of oak to boot.This is generous, smooth and full bodied. The tannins are rounded and are balanced with good acidity. Tremendous QPR. Hold for 3-5 yrs. or drink, why wait? 92 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Le Grand Bouqueteau Chinon 2015

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    Very much enjoyed this - enough complexity to be interesting, but a lighter-weight red wine which plays well with complex foods. Read More

    Wine review by hipwine


  • Chateau Dudon Bordeaux Rouge 2004

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    tastes pretty light for a fairly old vintage. some cherry fruits and spices, some oak. Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Chateau Bouscasse 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Maquis Viola Colchagua Valley 2010

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    Deceptively light aromas of red berry, cherry and smoke. This is textured and chunky with firm tannins on the palate, good red fruit character of strawberry and cherry with a pronounced smoke permeating through and ending on a creamy dark chocolate mousse and baking spice. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Carménère is an old grape variety from the Gironde. DNA ... ... it’s a cross between Cabernet Franc and Gros Cabernet (which is itself a distant relative of Cabernet Franc). Fortunately for our collective palates, when it comes to wine grape parentage, breeding with a relative can be a very good thing. Carménère is a highly refined pedigree an... Read More

    From the article Carmenere Wine Master Class: Lessons Learned


  • Chateau Belle Cure Bordeaux France Merlot Blend 2015

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    As a snob I find it hard to have a Bordeaux not oaked. yet this wine was fine for the way it was finished. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Tx for the B-day wishes!  Here's my notes from the '03 Spring Mtn. ... ... Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc).  The perfume nose consists of cocoa powder and ripe raspberry. There's a tongue coating presence of red plum, raspberry, black licorice and tamarind balanced by prominent but fine grained tannin, medium (-) acidity, and a long finis Read More

    Forum post in the topic Napa advice holiday time


  • Spring Mountain Elivette Red 2003

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    Beautiful Spring Mtn. Vineyard cab blend (88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc). The perfume nose consists of cocoa powder and ripe raspberry. There's a tongue coating presence of red plum, raspberry, black licorice and tamarind balanced by prominent but fine grained tannin, medium (-) acidity, and a long finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • 14 Hands Merlot Washington 2010

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    You can't go wrong with this easy to find medium weight red. It has very little tannin and for new red wine drinkers you can experiment with this wine with all foods. It has a good amount of red ripe fruit. Read More

    Wine review by sbr1105


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