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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  • This one caught my eye. Not pinot noir, but gamay a la Loire via Oregon and Ian ... of 45% Gamay Noir and 55% Cabernet Franc should taste and just trust us on this one. This intersection of thriving wild berry fruit, wild mountain herbs, and savory, floral complexity is one of the most profoundly interesting wines we’ve tried all year and is so... Read More

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  • Yeah vinOvinO, I bit too. An eclectic mix I think.Cabot Vineyards - Aged Zins ... ... Road Vyd Columbia Valley Cabernet Franc, 2013 Willamette Valley Gamay Noir Rosé Eola-Amity Hills, 2013 Willard Farms/Thistle Vineyard Washington/Oregon Pinot Noir/Gamay Noir, 2014 Rogue Valley Grenache Blanc/MarsanneCowan Cellars -  The Italians - 2ea 2012 Ri... Read More

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  • Aoyo Gran Reserva Cabernet Franc 2013

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    Wine review by fsufans


  • Don't forget that history also applies to farming practices. You grow ... ... Blanc, or wild white, and Cabernet Franc, or the cabernet of the Franks. It didn't get the same mildew and mold that Malbec got and it had smaller berries than Merlot, although it ripened later.In the 1800s, when a lot of grapes had to be replaced because of Phylloxe... Read More

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  • Spinning this discussion out from another thread.To start with, here is a ... ... ... Syrah5% Petit Verdot3% Cabernet Franc3% Malbec3% Merlot2% Petite SirahAlso, the front label indicates "Claret," which, to me indicates a blended wine, and "Cabernet Sauvignon," which implies a varietal bottling.  I guess the marketing boys did not want to ta... Read More

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  • Bell Wine Cellars Claret 2008

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    Dark purple color. Oaky vanilla bouquet. Lightish black fruit on entry. Vanilla pops up, again, in the mid-palate. Apparent, but not obnoxious tannin. Same for acid. Fairly lengthy aftertaste. A full-bodied wine, but, because of the light touch of many of the flavors, a wine that is easy to drink without accompaniment. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • OK, here's an everything-but-the-kitchen sink wine:Get a load of this (from ... ... Syrah5% Petit Verdot3% Cabernet Franc3% Malbec3% Merlot2% Petite SirahAlso, the front label indicates "Claret," which, to me indicates a blended wine, and "Cabernet Sauvignon," which implies a varietal bottling.  I guess the marketing boys did not want to take ... Read More

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  • Hey, I just drank a good $20 cab, from of all places Chile. Potro de Piedra ... 85% cabernet sauvignon, 15% cabernet franc. Vintage I had was 2009. Not simple, not a bomb, complexity and ageability. Wish I could get more...BTW, here's an old Snooth thread, from before DV's time on these boards:Best wineries, and wines, in the Okanaga Read More

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  • Hey DV, spot light is on you for a change, some people actually talking about your wines!Even before the stock market started stumbling out of the gates this year, I decided to make more of an effort to drink more inexpensively so I'm more open to listening to advice on $15 - $40 wines than I have been. Of course, I can still find good examples ... Read More

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  • Auclair 96 Cedars Red Blend 2011

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    Lovely red blend of merlot, cab sauv and Pettit Verdot. Dark berry flavors with a subtle spicy finish. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity


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