Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Franc is a red grape common to Bordeaux and the Loire, although it can be grown throughout the world, in California, Washington, New York, Italy and Canada, among other places. Characteristics include an herbal, leafy flavor and a soft, fleshy texture. You can use Wine Enthusiast’s online Buying Guide to find the top-rated Cabernet Franc among our extensive Cabernet Franc wine reviews and easy-to-use database. Our Cabernet Franc reviews will give you a general idea what to expect from wines made from Cabernet Franc, and will help you find one that best suits your needs.

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Lucas Vineyards 2007 Limited Reserve Cabernet Franc (Finger Lakes)

  1. $18

Broody and beautiful, the nose on this wine offers plum, clove and cedar spice. Its juicy, mouthfilling flavors of blackberry, leather and spice are backed by a good tannic structure and overall, the wine is a winner.

 — S.K.  (10/1/2009)
87
points

Ravines 2007 Cabernet Franc (Finger Lakes)

  1. $19

This fruit-forward red displays aromas of cherry, tomato and red berry, and on the palate, the wine is spicy and soft, with red berry and spice flavors dominating. A red with spirit and class. Pair with grilled duck breast.

 — S.K.  (10/1/2009)
87
points

Red Newt Cellars 2007 Cabernet Franc (Finger Lakes)

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  1. $20

This elegant red starts with aromas of smoke, raspberry and chocolate, followed by mouthfilling flavors of cranberry, spice and red berry. Smooth tannins and a pretty finish make this an elegant wine with authority. Pair with duck breast, cheeses, beef.

 — S.K.  (10/1/2009)
87
points

Westphalia Vineyards 2007 Cabernet Franc (Missouri)

  1. $14

This wine has an elegant, refreshing character that offers complexity as well as approachability. The nose is a combination of red berry, spice and pepper, and on the palate, spicy, savory flavors give the wine a meaty complexity. Overall though, it offers good balance and minerality and a long, appealing finish.

 — S.K.  (10/1/2009)
87
points

Chozas Carrascal 2006 El Cabernetf de Chozas Carrascal Cabernet Franc (Utiel-Requena)

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  1. $49

An interesting if not exactly perfect Cab Franc from central Spain. It has some of the grape’s typical leafy dampness but in the mouth the wine is bright and brutally tannic, with blackberry, plum and cassis flavors. Ripe, chewy and meaty, with plenty of power and fruit but not a ton of finesse.

 — M.S.  (10/1/2009)
87
points

Vinum 2006 The Scrapper Cabernet Franc (El Dorado County)

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  1. $30

Cabernet Franc is the best Bordeaux variety grown in the Sierra Foothills, and this is a pretty good one. It’s dry and classically structured, with rich flavors of cherries, herbs and oak, and a briary character of wild mountain berries.

 — S.H.  (10/1/2009)
87
points

Château de la Guimonière 2006 Cabernet Franc (Anjou)

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  1. $9

Grassy, smoky wine, with black plum skin tannins dominant. It has just enough warmth to balance the acidity, a wine that is black currant juicy and mineral, with a dry core.

 — R.V.  (9/1/2009)
87
points

Whidbey Island Winery 2006 Cabernet Franc (Yakima Valley)

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  1. $18

This does not seem technically “correct” but it’s interesting and even compelling. Aromas include leather, tobacco and earth; the fruit shows the herbal side of the grape, without suggesting unripeness.

 — P.G.  (9/1/2009)
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