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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  • Acorn Winery Medley Russian River Valley 2006

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    Wine review by HondaJohn


  • Paraduxx Napa Valley 2005

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  • Tanis Vineyards Cabernet Franc Amador County 2005

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  • "artigiano viticoltore"One of the great things about travelling through a wine ... Cabernet Franc Organically farmed and bottled unsulfured from old vines that lie within the city limits of Rovereto in an old vineyard of pure sand. The nose here is explosive with big balsamic and incense notes popping from the glass then fine rich notes of smok... Read More

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  • Azienda Agricola Eugenio Rosi Cabernet Franc 2007

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    Organically farmed and bottled unsulfured from old vines that lie within the city limits of Rovereto in an old vineyard of pure sand. The nose here is explosive with big balsamic and incense notes popping from the glass then fine rich notes of smoked paprika, drying chilies, and mica rich earth slowly revealing themselves. Medium bodied and very... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Cameron Hughes Lot 99 2004

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    Light dusty nose. Violets. Light, even for a cab franc, but beautifully aged. Drying tannins on the finish. Very nice, well balanced, and the best Cameron Hughes wine I've ever tried (and ive had 10+) Read More

    Wine review by 1Philip James 1 Philip James


  • Robert Karl Cellars Red Bordeaux Blend Columbia Valley Claret 2004

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    Wine review by Tannout


  • With the daily polls touting candidate's ups and downs, state by state, coast ... grapes (Cabernet, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot) and Syrah.   In that span of sixty days we actually harvested 16 times and divided those grapes into 22 fermentation lots.  Last year, we harvested 22 times and produced 30 fermentation lots.  Coi... Read More

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  • With the daily polls touting candidate's ups and downs, state by state, coast ... grapes (Cabernet, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot) and Syrah.   In that span of sixty days we actually harvested 16 times and divided those grapes into 22 fermentation lots.  Last year, we harvested 22 times and produced 30 fermentation lots.  Coi... Read More

    From the article Harvest by the numbers


  • Sonis Cellars Handcrank Red 2006

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    Very acidic, crisp. Low tannin (steel aged - no oak). Some coffee notes, but some strange toffee notes as well. Thin overall Read More

    Wine review by 1Philip James 1 Philip James


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