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.
This wine has a stalky quality to the dark berry flavors, while the barrels impart a eucalyptus quality and aromas of spearmint. Hints of rhubarb poke through, but the overall impression is positive, with moderate tannins and acidity.
This rosé of Cabernet Franc shows hints of bubble gum and candied cherries on the nose, but settles down on the palate to offer more grownup notes of citrus, herb and mineral. It's light and fresh, finishing with a hint of anise. Best on its own or with seafood. Multiple U.S. importers.
This bottling has ripe cherry and toasty oak flavors, wrapped in fine tannins, and is thoroughly dry. It’s a light-bodied, pleasant wine, but is a little one-dimensional, especially at this price.
Compared to Cabernet Sauvignon, this 100% Cab Franc, from the north part of St. Helena, is softer, much lighter in body, and marked by red, not black, fruits, especially cherries. Like a good Cab, it’s dry and balanced, with rich tannins and oak.
Here’s a very ripe Cabernet Franc whose plummy flavors veer into dried prunes. It’s dry, and a little hot, but there’s something nice about it. It’s honest and forthright, and will support food without overwhelming it.
Nice and ripe, with black cherry and vanilla flavors and a mouth-warming feel that's partly the result of the body, partly due to soft tannins and acids. Brings to mind those luscious, likeable wines of Chinon.
When Cab Franc succeeds in California, which is rare, it can be very good. When it doesn’t, it reminds you why in Bordeaux it’s usually a blending wine. This wine is pretty, but light, with earthy, meaty cherry and oak flavors, and is dry.
Cab Franc alone rarely makes a great wine in California, and this one’s no exception. It’s awfully nice in initial raspberry-cherry flavors, but loses substantial power and vitality midpalate, especially given the size of the tannins.