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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  • Crichton Hall Reflexion Red Blend NV

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    This is a Gold Medal Wine Club Diamond Series selection. 93 Points, Wine Enthusiast magazineThis stunningly rich and good Merlot-Cabernet blend has a splash of Cab Franc and Syrah, . . . beneath the tannins is a solid vein of black cherry, currant, plum, chocolate and spice flavors. Enjoy it now in its youth, or age past 2010. 93 Points, The Con... Read More

    Wine review by Gold Medal Wine Club


  • Von Strasser Reserve Diamond Mountain District 2004

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    This is a Gold Medal Wine Club Diamond Series selection. 96 Points, Three ... ... sauvignon, with merlot and cabernet franc each contributing ten percent of the blend. Verdot enhances the richness of the wine, the velvet texture and mouthfilling weight. That restful softness contrasts with layers of stony complexity, as if earth had been extra... Read More

    Wine review by Gold Medal Wine Club


  • Titus Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2005

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    This is a Gold Medal Wine Club Platinum Series selection. Titus Vineyards 2005 ... while a bit of Malbec and Cabernet Franc highlight the wines red fruit characters. This robust red wine is firing on all cylinders mouth coating and full bodied, elegant and lush. Deep aromas of ripe blackberry, cherry and cassis are framed by layers of sweet a... Read More

    Wine review by Gold Medal Wine Club


  • We test tend to sample a lot of domestic wine here at Snooth so when we get the ... Baronnie Madeleine A classic Cabernet Franc combining dark cherry and spicy berry notes with sweet herb, olive and tomato notes. Really shines with a few hours of air offering sweet dark fruits balanced by cleansing acidity. A brilliant match for our garlicy gri... Read More

    From the article French Country Wines at Everyday Prices


  • Dry Creek Vineyard Chenin Blanc Clarksburg Dry Chenin Blanc 2001

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    This is a Gold Medal Wine Club Platinum Series selection. The Collier Falls ... ... Sauvignon, 6% Estate Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Enjoy now until 201 Read More

    Wine review by Gold Medal Wine Club


  • Ducru Beaucaillou 2004

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    Wine review by bethesdafrog


  • Hello, my wife will travel to New Jersey for business; as US wine supply in Mexico is very limited I thought she should bring me a few bottles of Californian Cabernets.Any suggestions on great values???- Limit should be around $ 30 / bottle (or slightly higher if its really a great value)- Wine should be broadly available, as I don´t want her to... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Good value Californian Cabernets


  • Bodegas Mencia Dos Bierzo De2 2006

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    Starts with an earthy nose - very reminiscent of a Cabernet Franc - full of notes of soil, gravel, chicken coop etc. Lots of tannins, this wine has a young tart finish. Read More

    Wine review by 1Philip James 1 Philip James


  • Opolo Cabernet-Syrah Blend Paso Robles Fusion 2004

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    This is a Gold Medal Wine Club Platinum Series selection. The Opolo 2004 ... ... blend masterfully combines Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot to create an elegant wine with immediate appeal. Wonderfully enticing ripe cherry flavors and currant-laced fruits are supported by spicy, toasted oak from the extended time of ... Read More

    Wine review by Gold Medal Wine Club


  • Viader Cabernet Franc Napa Valley Dare 2004

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    This is a Gold Medal Wine Club Platinum Series selection. A highly coveted wine ... ... Range, Viaders 2004 DARE Cabernet Franc emulates the European St. Emilion style that is quite rare in California. This silky Cabernet Franc garnered 92 Points from Wine & Spirits magazine: If further proof is needed that Napa Valley can produce exceptional, ... Read More

    Wine review by Gold Medal Wine Club


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