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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  • Lamoreaux Landing Red Blend Seneca Lake Estate Red NV

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    Very fruity. Read More

    Wine review by irregexpr


  • At Larkmead Vineyards we have a Tasting Room. But as our venerable, resident ... varietals: Cabernet, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. And Sauvignon Blanc. As well as Zinfandel, Syrah, Viognier and Tocai.Our vineyard is Cabernet dominated with 60% of the 113 acres planted. We produce wine from less than 50% of all the grape... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The Art of Blending


  • Moon Mountain Vineyard Cabernet Franc NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by ctrueman


  • At Larkmead Vineyards we have a Tasting Room. But as our venerable, resident ... varietals: Cabernet, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. And Sauvignon Blanc. As well as Zinfandel, Syrah, Viognier and Tocai. Our vineyard is Cabernet dominated with 60% of the 113 acres planted. We produce wine from less than 50% of all the grap... Read More

    From the article The Art of Blending


  • Tenuta Guado Al Tasso Bolgheri Superiore 2005

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    Very dark, deep ruby red. Needs decanting and produces an explosive nose after a few hours. Brings around aromas of plums, blackberries and that familiar chocolate note as well as noticeable but non-offensive oak. Full bodied and well balanced, the 2005 is a fruity wine with the dark bitter chocolate notes continuing in the mid palate. A generou... Read More

    Wine review by Italian Wine Blog


  • Château Bonnet 2006

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    Whole lotta bleh. Nothing was really jumping out on this one. Tasted like a wall of apple juice. Read More

    Wine review by jasonkauf


  • Opus One Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley 2004

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    excellent wine for cheese, steaks, and chocolate. needs to breath to enjoy its full aroma. great wine for a special occasion. Read More

    Wine review by infame


  • Serafini & Vidotto Red Blend Il Rosso Dell'Abazia 2000

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    No written review

    Wine review by cdgarg


  • Whitehall Lane Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Silver Anniversary Reserve 2004

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    oaky, hint of pepper. I enjoyed the entire contents of the bottle, sans 1 glass for the sommelier for such a good choice.Best part: 2 glasses of water before I went to bed, and in the morning, no headache. Read More

    Wine review by cdros


  • Welcome, welcome. I'm Mark, CTO here at Snooth.It seems a bit strange to be ... You'll also find me sipping Cabernet Franc when I can find it.My favorite wine region is Alto Adige at the moment. That's subject to change, but maybe that's one of the best things about wine. Go forth and change!Finally -- let me know if anything breaks on you. I'... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello, world!


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