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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  • Today my wife Sandra took her friend Marlene out on the town in a big way to ... ... 1% Sangiovese, 0.5% Cabernet Franc, and 0.5% Tempranillo.Critical AcclaimJH93Australian Wine Companion - "Medium purple-crimson; the wine is certainly mouthfilling, but has excellent balance and an attractive range of flavors anchored on plum and blackberry, e... Read More

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  • The Stringer Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012


    A Lot 18 effort. Opens with a bit of barnyard Blueberry, then a bit of smoked ... the end, tasted more like a Cabernet Franc to Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Chateau Lesparre 1998


    This bottle was part of a lot I bought on the website ... consists of 70% merlot,20% cabernet franc and 10% cabernet sauvignon and is aged in oak barrels.I started it last night with my supper of roast lamb and I did enjoy it.There is plenty of a blackcurrant and plum style fruit and soft tannins with a hint of vanilla It is a lovely example of... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Let’s take a trip back in time. Close your eyes and imagine yourself an ... an ... Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Sangiovese. Expect great things in the coming years, and a trip down a North Carolina wine trail is already an excellent way to spend a weekend. But if you can't make it down soon, here are a few wines to try. When... Read More

    From the article Underrated Wine Travel: North Carolina

  • Blue Rock Baby Blue Red Blend 2012


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  • Once Sommelier Series Napa Valley the Spoon 2007


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    Wine review by cmarinaro

  • Ricasoli Brolio Chianti Classico Riserva 2011


    Grapes80% Sangiovese 15% Merlot 5% Cabernet Sauvignon francDegree of Alcohol 14%This wine is the result of a careful selection of grapes for the production of the Brolio Chianti Classico. A traditional reserve, to the distinctive character of Chianti.Tasting notes:Intense ruby red color. Taste notes of vanilla, chocolate, violets and cherries. W... Read More

    Wine review by Baffetto de Roma

  • Turkish wines aren’t exactly at the forefront of our collective fine wine ... the palate. Gali Merlot/Cabernet Franc 2010 (Gallipoli Peninsula/Thrace, $40) And now for something completely different in its familiarity. In 2005, Gali’s Hakan Kavur planted almost sixty thousand vines on just over one hundred acres in the Thracian area of Turkey, ... Read More

    From the article What You're Missing: Turkish Wines

  • Château Vielle Tour la Rose Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2010


    A Lot 18 buy. Big, beautiful, ripe, and luscious. Dark and inky. Opens with ripe plum and cherry preserves, then chocolate and fudge and lavender and vanilla, wet cedar and oak. Big mouthful, well balanced tannins and acidity with a finish that goes on and on. Did not decant, but got better and better and more subtle in the glass. Ridiculously... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Tokaj, Maule, Yarra and Georgia. They may not sound like much now, but a ... ... from cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, merlot, and petit verdot.” Southern Australia's Yarra Valley may also be one of the future's premier regions, McCoy said. “This spot is a hotbed of young ambitious winemakers,” she wrote. “They're mainly chasing great pinot... Read More

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  • This is the cab franc I love best so far...

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