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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  • Tenuta Dellornellaia "Ornellaia" Italian Super Tuscans 2005

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    50% merlot, 35% cabernet sauvignon, 10% cabernet franc and 5% petit verdot. Lovely, vibrant aromas of ripe-off-the-vine blackberry and black raspberry with nuamnces of cedar box and sweet tobacco. Full, elegant entry that reiterates the berry fruit and is joined by delicate streams of plum and black chery. A velvety sort of muscularity gives it ... Read More

    Wine review by Vinfolio


  • Château Loudenne Red Bordeaux Blend Médoc 2005

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    (75% Sauvignon blanc, 25% Semillon). Vibrant nose of pineapple, white grape and spicy white pepper and crystallized ginger. The palate starts out light and bright, but then sneaks in a prodigious amount a texture. Green apple and golden delicious apples vie for domination with sprightly elements of honeydew melon. A sexy stream of honey/beeswax ... Read More

    Wine review by Vinfolio


  • Vallee Gerald Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil l'Envolee 2005

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    Punchy, pushy nose doused with inky black fruit and meatiness. This is Loire Cabernet franc at its richest, but with a balancing acidity that helps integrate the chocolate, black tea and concentraed plum and cherry flavors. Serious, yet polished, grip that releases into a finish of mouthfilling blackberry preserve and black plum tart. The tannin... Read More

    Wine review by Vinfolio


  • Luna Vineyards Red Blend Napa Valley Canto 2003

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    Luna's signature red wine. Flavorful, deep red blend of Sangiovese, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Layered flavors of ripe blackberry, hint of licorice, and a hint of chocolate. Long finish. Wow...my new favorite wine! Read More

    Wine review by arthawk16


  • Rappahannock Cellars Cabernet Franc Rappahannock County 2005

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    Virginia Red Wine. A torrent of fruit greets your nose in this classic old-world style red wine. The fruit gives way to cedar and tobacco aromas while the palate exhibits mellow tannins and stone fruit characters. The fruit returns with cherry aromas that linger long into the finish. Pair with lighter red meat dishes. Read More

    Wine review by dickvanwrinkle


  • L'Ecole Columbia Valley Merlot 2004

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    Wine review by dalbright


  • Ducru Beaucaillou 2004

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    Wine review by timothytwister


  • Opus One Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley 2004

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    Wine review by phlox


  • Terlato Devil's Peak Blend 2004

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  • Basel Cellars Merriment 2003

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    Wine review by shuakhwe


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