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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  • Roanoke Vineyards Red Table Wine Blend One 2005

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    Way different than the 2003 - primarily because this one is 50% malbec (the 03 has 0% malbec). Much fruitier, new world style - warmer, richer. Yet still retains the refreshing quality the other one did (good acidity causes this). Very mineral as well - eucalyptus as well. Rich plums and black cherries dominate throughout. Read More

    Wine review by 1Philip James 1 Philip James


  • Roanoke Vineyards Red Table Wine Blend One 2003

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    Really meaty, gamey nose. Good black cherry notes with prunes and firm tannins. This wine can age some more. Mineral finish. Good acidity, which keeps it 'light' on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by 1Philip James 1 Philip James


  • Roanoke Vineyards de Rosa Rosé 2007

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    Off dry, just 0.5% residual sugar. The blend has chardonnay interestingly! Peach nose, barely sweet, well balanced. Good acidity with a melon and raspberry finish. Read More

    Wine review by 1Philip James 1 Philip James


  • Château Morrisette Chambourcin 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by jsteinmetz


  • Paumanok Assemblage 2004

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    An earthy nose, very licoricey. Lots of dark baked fruits and earth notes - a real left bank bordeaux style wine. Very meaty. Read More

    Wine review by 1Philip James 1 Philip James


  • Paumanok Cabernet Franc Grand Vintage 2004

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    Cherries on the nose - very nice and fruity bouquet. Firm tannins - this wine can continue to age. Cherries and violets dominate on the palate. Well balanced with good acidity. Very nice. Read More

    Wine review by 1Philip James 1 Philip James


  • Magnificent Wine Company Red Blend Columbia Valley House Wine 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by whitebreadtoast


  • Gaja Barolo Langhe Sperss 1988

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    Not surprisingly this has a rather assertive oaken sheen on the nose with a ... that verges into the almost Cabernet Franc-like vegetal zone. Airing helps moderate the wood and notes of thyme; wild black berry, subtle funghi and minerals emerge slowly. In the mouth there is big black cherry fruit supported by good acidity and tons of polished ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • I had the pleasure of sharing quite a few bottles of old and older Barolo with ... that verges into the almost Cabernet Franc-like vegetal zone. Airing helps moderate the wood and notes of thyme; wild black berry, subtle funghi and minerals emerge slowly. In the mouth there is big black cherry fruit supported by good acidity and tons of polish... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Some recent notes on not too...


  • Red Truck Winery Petite Sirah 2005

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    Really surprised by how good this wine was. Not sure if it will lay down well, ... ... due to the Mourvedre or Cabernet Franc. Bottle says Red Truck Winery, but the cork (and the license plate on the red truck on the label) say "Cline Read More

    Wine review by ericforte


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