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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  • Sugarloaf Mtn Cabernet Franc 2007


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    Wine review by Daragh

  • Egri Bikaver Tibor Gal 2002


    This is a beautiful wine from a vineyard that cares more for excellence than quantity. This is a great introductory wine for those interested in Hungarian reds. Read More

    Wine review by nevamorre

  • Fox Run Fox Trot Red New York NV


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    Wine review by Tazon

  • Cadence Red Bordeaux Blend Red Mountain Tapteil 2005


    The Cadence is a great Washington wine Bordeaux varietal blend, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot, 12% Petit Verdot. It's from the Red Mountain Ciel du Cheval vineyard. It was a deep, dark, garnet red. It's nose was red fruit primarily, and the flavors were well integrated. It's interesting because there are many notes there... Read More

    Wine review by jschmeling

  • Campo di Sasso Supertuscan Blend Toscana IGT Insoglio del Cinghiale 2006


    This smelled fantastic with fresh and crisp black fruits, sharp mineral cut and hints of oak and something rosemary and violet like. Supple and polished in the mouth with an exposion of youthful fruit. Balanced a bit to the acidic side this is a great wine for the table. 91pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Have you had the "Santa Rita Triple C"?I just had it yesterday and it was ... ... blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Carmenere... the Carmenere gives it an amazing lift, complexity, body, power... amazing! for appox. USD$60, I think, it is still a bargain Read More

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  • Santa Rita "Triple C" Red Maipo Valley 2005


    An amazing wine... red fruits, sublime oak handling... all in tune... by far, ... ... Sauvignon, Carmenere & Cabernet Franc) but that does not reduce its quality.. it will only get better and better... I'd happily have it as my desert island wine! 97/1 Read More

    Wine review by MarioRobles

  • Mountfair Inaugural Vintage Monticello 2007


    I was really impressed with this wine although it is only this winery's second vintage. 60 percent Cab Franc, 25 percent Merlot and 15 percent Petit Verdot leads to a fruit-forward bold wine, with a bit of complexity provided by the Petit Verdot. Read More

    Wine review by meganmarco

  • I submitted a tasting note for Schneider Cabernet Franc 2000 and while I was doing so I thought I should also correct the region from California to New York. The system even listed New York as a possible option. But after clicking "Save" the region reverts back to California. Read More

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  • Schneider Vineyards Cabernet Franc North Fork 2000


    Developed nose with a pronounced intensity of morello cherry, violets, pencil ... pepper, that is typical for Cabernet Franc, has faded away over the years. Quite a nice bouquet! Medium alcohol and acidity on the palate, as well as a medium amount of pleasantly ripe tannins. Overall very balanced with a medium body. Cherry also on the palate, ... Read More

    Wine review by DerKellermeister

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