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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Château de Targé 2004 Cabernet Franc (Saumur-Champigny)

Targé, with its caves hewn out of the chalk cliffs, makes a classic Saumur-Champigny. This wine reflects the vintage, fresh and fruity, but with a layer of smoky tannins. The aftertaste is of cranberry skins.

 — R.V.  (4/1/2007)
87
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Beresan 2004 Cabernet Franc (Walla Walla Valley (WA))

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Pure Cab Franc entirely from Walla Walla Valley fruit; in fact this is the winery’s only Walla Walla Valley wine of the vintage. It’s a good effort under the difficult growing conditions of the vintage, in which all the estate fruit was from secondary buds. Flavors of bell pepper, toast and coffee dominate; this will benefit from a year or two more in bottle.

 — P.G.  (3/1/2007)
87
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Vin du Lac 2004 Barrel Select Cabernet Franc (Columbia Valley (WA))

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A jammy, ripe red wine the sort of wine that sticks out in a large crowd and wins medals (which it has done, quite successfully) and it is certainly well made in a big, ripe, tannic style. But it is right on the edge of pushing it too far at 14.8% alcohol.

 — P.G.  (3/1/2007)
87
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Titus 2004 Cabernet Franc (Napa Valley)

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Ripe and fruity, this is an elegant, easy to drink red with a dry to semi-sweet taste. It has a medium body and rich flavors of cherries, blueberries, mocha, toast and vanilla.

 — S.H.  (2/1/2007)
87
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Valdivieso 2004 Single Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Franc (Colchagua Valley)

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The bouquet is basically a sweet berry blend with touches of char and heat. The palate offers good core fruit and a sturdy structure. Full tannins and some oaky vanilla and coconut notes show up on the finish. Nice for Cab Franc, especially Chilean Cab Franc.

 — M.S.  (12/31/2006)
87
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Vineyard 48 2004 Cabernet Franc (North Fork of Long Island)

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An aromatic wine with dark berry, cherry, mushroom and grass aromas that lead to more of the same in the mouth with a smooth feel. An earthy character develops, meshing well with moderate tannins and a hint of acidity.

 — M.D.  (8/1/2006)
87
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Osprey's Dominion 2001 Cabernet Franc (North Fork of Long Island)

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Kudos to winemaker Adam Suprenant, a New York native, who has done a lot with reds here, even the difficult Cabernet Franc. This version has developed aromas of mushroom, balsam, and chocolate shading plenty of dark berry. Cherry-berry flavors are edged with mushroom, while the smooth tannins meld nicely with moderate acidity. This wine should be enjoyed now and…

 — M.D.  (8/1/2006)
87
points

Bouvet-Ladubay NV Trésor Rosé Cabernet Franc (Saumur)

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Made from Cabernet Franc, this is not as good as the Blanc de Blancs version of Trésor (not available in the United States). But it still has a good onion-skin color, a fresh raspberry character, and a good poise and lightness. Imported by Kobrand.

 — R.V.  (6/1/2006)
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