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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Vineyard 48 2004 Cabernet Franc (North Fork of Long Island)

  1. $28

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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  1. $18

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
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Bouvet-Ladubay NV Trésor Rosé Cabernet Franc (Saumur)

  1. $20

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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Domaine des Baumard NV Carte Corail Rosé Cabernet Franc (Crémant de Loire)

  1. $19

A wine that is packed with delicious, fresh strawberry and red currant flavors. There is some structure, dryness and some tannins, but it’s really all about easy fruit flavors. Imported by Ex-Cellars Wine Agencies, Inc.

 — R.V.  (6/1/2006)
87
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Tamarack Cellars 2004 Cabernet Franc (Columbia Valley (WA))

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  1. $25

Purple and blue, it tastes of tart cherry and blueberry fruit. The tannins are stiffer than the winery’s other reds, thicker and somewhat chalkier, and they seem a bit distanced from the soft, fruity mid-palate. Overall it’s another consistent, ripe, fruity, good, solid effort.

 — P.G.  (6/1/2006)
87
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Sheridan Vineyard 2003 Cabernet Franc (Yakima Valley)

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  1. $33

Slightly murky, with vague aromas hinting at green beans and slightly stewed vegetables. It is certainly not a boring wine — it’s got unusual nuances of spicy clove, tart cranberry, sliced orange and mixed citrus. There is a bit more volatility than some tasters will enjoy, but also lots of chocolatey oak, hints of tobacco leaf, and thick, soft tannins.

 — P.G.  (6/1/2006)
87
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Conn Creek 2002 Limited Release Cabernet Franc (Napa Valley)

  1. $28

The winery has focused on Cab Franc, with mixed results, as the variety is tough to master. This bottling is very dry and astringently tannic, but it has a rich core of cherry fruit. Such is the balance that it might soften and sweeten after 2008.

 — S.H.  (6/1/2006)
87
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Ironstone 2002 Reserve Cabernet Franc (Sierra Foothills)

  1. $20

I’ve long thought Cab Franc is a secret strength of the Foothills. This bottling is dry, balanced and complex, with a rich earthy, coffee streak to the cherry flavors. It’s a bit sharp, and could soften with a year or two of aging.

 — S.H.  (6/1/2006)
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