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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Shaw 2006 Cabernet Franc (Finger Lakes)

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Spice and menthol notes accent the nose on this dark, black cherry-perfumed Cabernet Franc. With intensely concentrated fruit on the palate, it’s plush with a rich, full-bodied texture, but balanced by wonderfully soft tannins and a vibrant sour cherry acidity that carries through to a long finish.

 — A.I.  (4/1/2011)
87
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Willow Crest 2007 Cabernet Franc (Yakima Valley)

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There is plenty of green tea flavor running through the fruit and the tannins here, along with dark cherry and bitter chocolate. A rustic, rough, but perfectly enjoyable take on pure Cab Franc.

 — P.G.  (12/31/2010)
87
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Couly-Dutheil NV Blanc de Franc Cabernet Franc (Vin de Table Francais)

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An oddity—Cabernet Franc made as a white wine. It tastes delicious, with a feeling of sweetness, with soft lychee and spiced apple flavors, balanced acidity and a lively juicy texture.

 — R.V.  (12/15/2010)
87
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Château de Minière 2008 Cabernet Franc (Bourgueil)

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Dry tannins dominate this rough-edged wine. There are plenty of bitter cherry and cocoa flavors, while the acidity gives an attractive freshness. Those tannins need a year to settle down.

 — R.V.  (12/15/2010)
87
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White Cottage Ranch 2007 Estate Cabernet Franc (Howell Mountain)

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Nice and dry, with fine, firm tannins. Quite a good wine, but kind of one-dimensional, with ripe red cherry purée and oak flavors that don’t develop beyond that in the mouth. Shows the risks when you depend on 100% Cabernet Franc to make a complete wine.

 — S.H.  (12/1/2010)
87
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Thomas Fogarty 2006 Cabernet Franc (Santa Cruz Mountains)

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Great structure on this wine, which contains a few drops of Merlot and Cab Sauvignon to strengthen it. It’s still a little thin, with the cherry, red currant and oak flavors trailing off, but it’s polished and elegant.

 — S.H.  (11/1/2010)
87
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Lang & Reed 2008 Cabernet Franc (North Coast)

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This is a sleek, streamlined and very dry red wine. It’s not big and rich, but it is elegantly crafted, with no flaws to mar the acidity and finely ground tannins. The flavors, of cherries, anise and dried herbs, are complex.

 — S.H.  (10/1/2010)
87
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Trinchero 2007 Cabernet Franc (Napa Valley)

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A good wine, dry and tannic, but a little one-dimensional in richness. Shows pretty flavors of red and black cherries, with a hint of mint and cocoa. Could be lusher and offer more layers. Call it elegant rather than opulent. Drink now.

 — S.H.  (10/1/2010)
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