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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Turnbull 2010 Leopoldina Estate Grown Cabernet Franc (Oakville)

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  1. $75

There’s a raisin skin bitterness and some raisiny, Port-like flavors to this Cabernet Franc, suggesting some of the grapes were roasted on the vine. Other than that, it’s softly tannic and savory, with cherry pie and oak notes.

 — S.H.  (12/31/2013)
86
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Palmer 2009 Proprietor’s Reserve Cabernet Franc (North Fork of Long Island)

  1. $29

Hints of wet granite and tobacco lend a savory note to tart cranberry and cherry flavors in this earthy offering. Full bodied in style with layers of soft, fine-grained tannins, it has a bold earthy and leathery finish.

 — A.I.  (12/31/2013)
86
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Boëté 2009 Saunders Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Franc (Carmel Valley)

  1. $40

Made from 100% Cab Franc, this is a soft, rather one-dimensional wine. It has complex flavors of cherries, red currants, cola, white pepper and herbs, but is short on structure and interest. Drink now.

 — S.H.  (12/1/2013)
86
points

Pollak 2009 Reserve Cabernet Franc (Monticello)

  1. $45

Scents of blackberry pie filling, dark cherry and baking spice come streaked with notes of ripe raspberry and leather. This medium-bodied wine is supple and polished on entrance, but the fine, firm tannins gain traction toward the midpalate. It finishes with a bright cherry refrain.

 — A.H.  (11/1/2013)
86
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Andeluna 2007 Pasionado Cabernet Franc (Tupungato)

  1. $50

This well-aged Cab Franc opens with raw, scratchy aromas that can best be described as abrasive and herbal. The palate brings a hard, acidic feel and high-toned, herbal flavors of cherry, plum and rhubarb. A lactic oak flavor meshes with green bean notes on the finish.

 — M.S.  (11/1/2013)
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Domaine des Baumard NV Carte Corail Rosé Brut Cabernet Franc (Crémant de Loire)

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There is some bitterness here, bringing out spiciness and herbal character. The wine should develop in bottle to give a more rounded feel.

 — R.V.  (10/1/2013)
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Couly-Dutheil 2012 Rosé René Couly Cabernet Franc (Chinon)

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Soft and rounded, this is a warm style of rosé, with ripe strawberry fruits, smokiness and a light layer of acidity. It’s a food style of rosé, fruity while also structured.

 — R.V.  (10/1/2013)
86
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Courtney Benham 2011 Cabernet Franc (Sonoma Mountain)

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  1. $20

An easy, stylish Cab Franc, with lots to like. It’s dry and softly smooth, with cherry pie flavors and an elegant mouthfeel.

 — S.H.  (9/1/2013)
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