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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  • Ravines Wine Cellars Cabernet Franc Finger Lakes 2007


    Classic Cabernet Franc herbaceous aromas. Good, acidic red fruit flavors. Easy drinking. Read More

    Wine review by mark

  • Paraduxx Napa Valley 2006


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    Wine review by ryancward

  • Peju Province Winery Cabernet Franc Rutherford Estate Bottled Reserve 2005


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  • III Somms Red Blend Napa Valley Atlas 2007


    I absolutely love this wine. A true "wine lover's wine" for a great price. Rich, ripe fruit with great concentration and lengthy finish. Made by Sashi Moorman from Stolpman Vineyards, for the Jean Georges Restaurant Group. I highly recommend it! Read More

    Wine review by amanda1

  • Chateau Petrus Pomerol 1993


    Just had "the nerve" to cork that one with same old friend and a visiting French business relation. If you ever wondered why Petrus is so expensive... after drinking it , you simply weep in extacy. Very bold attack with perfect roundness "exit". Masterfully constructed wine. We followed it with a 95 Grand-Puy Ducasse that had the same vein of fl... Read More

    Wine review by Fianchetto

  • Robert Hall Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles 2005


    You can't fault this area for having great weather and wine. This wine drinks well right now. A little heavy on the fruit, but it would be a hit at any gathering unless all of your friends are snobs and have to have "Napa" somewhere on the bottle. I'll take the Pepsi Challenge with RH in my corner any day. Robert Hall makes great wines across th... Read More

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  • Garden Creek Red Blend Alexander Valley Tesserae 2002


    A Gold Medal Wine Club Platinum series selection. A trailblazing and trend ... ... Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. The Tesserae, which is a Latin term for the small pieces that comprise a mosaic, is dramatically structured and pure Alexander Valley: soft, herbaceous, and cedary, with the tannic structure to age gracefully for many yea... Read More

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  • Star Lane Vineyard Santa Ynez Cabernet 2005


    A Gold Medal Wine Club Platinum Series selection. Named one of the Top 100 ... 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot. Enjoy now until 201 Read More

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  • J. Bookwalter Subplot 22 NV


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  • Calcu Red Blend 2008


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