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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  • Sonoma County

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  • Loire

      The Loire River valley is a massively varied viticultural region in northwestern France. I...

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      Canada’s wine-making history is relatively short. Beginning in the early 1800s, some of th...

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    The wine cellar “Lands of the Barolo“ The “Terre del Barolo“ winery ‘s distinguished range of pro...

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    Castello di Monsanto is one of the most respected estates in Tuscany and one of the top produc...

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    The Boscaini family have been the owners of the Masi vineyards for six generations. Sandro Boscai...

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    It was back in the post war period when the Santero brothers Leopoldo, Renzo, Aldo and Adelio, fo...

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Cabernet Franc on Snooth

  • Thomas Barton Reserve Saint Emilion 2007

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    very good Read More

    Wine review by grosiramazonplus


  • Tamarack Cellars Firehouse Red 2012

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    This one was such a thrill from the moment I opened the bottle till I finished the last drop. This has to be the finest wine I've tasted this year. Mellow entry, aroma is a burst of grape. Vanilla, raspberry, strawberry and a finish that seems to last forever. WOW Read More

    Wine review by jamessulis


  • Can't see your photo, Randy...Yeah it's a little fuzzy and the ... Lang and Reed north coast cabernet fran Read More

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  • It's been a lazy Tuesday afternoon; I fed rescue cats this morning but I ... I ... It consists of 51% Cabernet Franc, 22% Petit Verdot, 16% Merlot and 11% Cabernet Sauvignon. &nbs Read More

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  • Wine writers are not a homogeneous lot. We come in all shapes and sizes, and ... is so delicious; ditto the Cabernet Franc). The second tasting is of the final assemblage, which usually includes an opportunity to check in on a couple of older vintages of this grand California wine. Monte Bellos typically require 10 years or more in bottle befo... Read More

    From the article Getting to Know Richard Jennings


  • Not content with sporting on the epic beards in all of winedom, Dezel is also a ... ... counterparts. For every Cabernet Franc I had a Chinon, every Viognier I had some Condrieu, Pinot Noir / Burgundy, Malbec / Cahors, Tannat / Madiran, etc. – you get the picture. Be it new world or old world, rich or restrained, at the end of the day, it’s al... Read More

    From the article Getting to Know Dezel Quillen


  • I am always interested in learning more about wine and enjoy talking to vintners, sommeliers, and fellow winos.  Read More

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  • For someone who drinks a lot of expensive wine I can have decidedly plebeian ... ... 9% Malbec, 8% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc Jammy black currant and black cherry fruits greet the nose wrapped in a thin veil of spicy oak and with some inky, violet tinged top notes. Smooth on entry then this turns slightly angular in the mouth with attractive op... Read More

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  • Baste Bigorre France 2011

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    50% Cabernet Franc, 40% Merlot, 10% Tannat Old wood aromas and a vague sweetness greets the nose along with emerging minty, leathery, smoky dried meat aromas. A bit sweet on entry, this is chewy and dark in the mouth with lots of dried strawberry flavors that are a touch jamy. the tannins are lovely, small if a touch austere and help ground the ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • This is the cab franc I love best so far... http://stoneflyvineyards.windsorvineyards.coresense.com/index/page/static/subpage/about_cabFranc

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