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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  • Charles Krug Limited Release Voltz Vineyard 2004


    This is a wonderful, not-too-heavy blended red wine with lush flavor and tannins that are not overpowering. We highly recommend this wine if you can find it. Read More

    Wine review by runningbear

  • Palm Bay International Inc Chateau Larrivaux 05 Haut Medoc Pb 2005


    Overripe, highly extracted fruit, yet somehow thin and watery. I wasnt really a fan of this. Lean with lots of minerality, but it was the licorice and medicinal finish that turned me off. Good acidity would help it pair with food, but its still got a tart finish. Read More

    Wine review by 1Philip James 1 Philip James

  • If I had to choose a favorite producer in Trentino in would have to be ... In ... ... In fact much of what was Cabernet Franc in Trentino was in fact the rather obscure Carmenere that is finding new fame in Chile. This blend recalls Bordeaux of the past and the wine sure shows that way as well.Finally, and most unusual of all, is the 1858 comm... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Dorigati is tops in Trentino

  • Cain Vineyard & Winery Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley Cain Cuvée 2004


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    Wine review by mcmac33

  • Bouke Red 2007


    Delicious, refreshing and exciting! Read More

    Wine review by mtkbeth

  • Dorigati Grener 2004


    Grener is an old family name on the mothers side that comes from the Val ... ... 50% Cabernet Sauvignon/ 30% Cabernet Franc/ 20% Carmenere. This is a Riserva bottling and saw 15 months in barrique.Deep dark purple. Dark and earthy on the nose with jammy fruit and notes of charcoal, cocoa and talc adding complexity on the nose. Very deep and pe... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Dorigati Cabernet 2005


    As is so typical of the region this is in fact a 50/50 blend of Cab Sauvignon and Cab Franc that sees only Stainless.A lovely ruby color with very typical cassis fruit edged in vegetal tones. Pretty intense aromatics with herbal topnotes and emergent hints of eucalyptus. The entry is wetly fruited with lots of body, soft acidity and ripe tannins... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Black Hills Estate Red Bordeaux Blend Okanagan Valley Vqa Nota Bene 2005


    No written review

    Wine review by colandnino

  • Vineland Estates Winery Cabernet Franc Niagara Peninsula Vqa Reserve 2005


    Truly, One of my favorite reds in the Region...Excellent nose, went well with my steak..... give it 4 stars! Read More

    Wine review by Thecuvee

  • Bouke Red 2007


    What a delicious experience. Just the right balance of flavors to compliment a night entertaining friends. A new addition to my arsenal! I love it. Read More

    Wine review by fabulexx

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