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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  • It remains to be seen if there's a blessing in every bottle of Cabernet FRANCis. Trinitas Cellars, a Catholic winery located in California's Napa Valley, recently released the Cabernet Franc as part of the winery's tradition of creating a wine in honor of the pope. In this case, the holy man in question is the Argentine Pope Francis I. “(Winery ... Read More

    From the article Napa Vineyard Pays Homage to Pontiff With Personalized Wine


  • DAD, it means that the wine isn't very heavy and has a certain quality that mere amateurs cannot perceive called... finesse.  It's not obvious and good tasting like those New World wines, but rather hard to understand so that only those read into it (see DMcker on Burgundy for that one) can really perceive it.  Right up there with "precise" and ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic No clue about Wine Terminology


  • DM - Interesting story regarding the Pio Cesare.  I didn't ask our ... ... blend, which was mostly Cabernet Franc.  It wasn't all that good but heck, we were spoiled from those Duckhorn wines.  However, after going over to Sandra's parents (Jean & Bob) house for the birthday / late Christmas celebration, I did bring a bottle of the 2009 RdV R... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • I have been trying to find info on wine terminology. Im lost everytime I visit the wine section and read the reviews as I dont know what they mean.  Please help. I enjoy red and whites that are not very sweet and not dry and that I can drink 3 sips at once without  having to pucker. Not as sweet as Beringers white zifandel  and not as dry as Mir... Read More

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  • Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard Cabernet Franc Comus 2007

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    Wine review by tjjm


  • Darioush Winery Signature Cabernet Franc 2012

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    Lush fruit, light chalkiness. Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Java l'Envie En Rose Cotes de Gascogne Merlot Cabernet Franc Famille Fezas E.A.R.L. a Chiroulet 2013

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • La Louviere Malvies Malepere Terres Pyreneennes le Markuis Rose 2012

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Orin Swift Cellars Papillon Napa Valley 2012

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    Chalky, big, young, full bodied. Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Garage Wine Co Perverso NV

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    Wine review by martins2002


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

    Comment by 87843napagirl68 87843 napagirl68


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