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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87
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Burrell School Vineyards 2002 Estate Pichon Voneyard Cabernet Franc (Santa Cruz Mountains)

  1. $30

A lovely wine, maybe a little overoaked, but the cherry flavors are delightful, and the tannic structure is firm. It’s light-bodied compared to a Cab Sauvignon, but delightful.

 — S.H.  (7/1/2005)
87
points

Stonegate 2001 Cabernet Franc (Napa Valley)

  1. $22

There’s a feral edge to this interesting wine, but that’s not to say it’s rustic. It’s not. It’s dry and tannic, and needs big meats and cheeses to tease out its nuances.

 — S.H.  (7/1/2005)
87
points

Chatter Creek 2002 Alder Ridge Vineyard Cabernet Franc (Columbia Valley (WA))

  1. $20

A light, supple and generous effort, with good pie cherry and plum-flavored fruit, highlighted with hints of coffee grounds. A bit like a Chinon in terms of structure and balance.

 — P.G.  (6/1/2005)
87
points

Pearson Vineyards 1999 Cabernet Franc (Clare Valley)

  1. $30

Smells spicy, like Mexican cinnamon; plum fruit on the palate is austere, with oak, herb and tobacco accents. A very good wine, but it might benefit from a less wood.

 — D.T.  (2/1/2004)
87
points

Barrister 2001 Cabernet Franc (Columbia Valley (WA))

  1. $24

This is the first release from this tiny boutique winery. Good fruit is sourced from Walla Walla and Yakima Valley vineyards, and there is some spicy, well-handled oak. Just 145 cases were made.

 — P.G.  (12/31/2003)
87
points

Imagery 1999 Artist Collection Cabernet Franc (Alexander Valley)

  1. $27

An interesting wine from a variety normally used for blending. Shows up with a burst of cherry and currant flavors, with a complex streak of bacon. The texture is sheer delight, dry, soft and caressing. Try as an alternative to Merlot.

 — S.H.  (11/15/2003)
87
points

Morandé 2001 Edicion Limitada 66 Barricas Cabernet Franc (Maipo Valley)

Some earthy, herbal cranberry scents are given life by a touch of smoky oak. The palate is sweet and wholesome, and very well balanced. The finish gives a hint of syrup and oak, but the fruit is ripe and succulent enough to handle that.

 — M.S.  (7/1/2003)
87
points

Huntington 2000 Cabernet Franc (Alexander Valley)

  1. $18

From an up-and-coming winery, a nice wine with berry and earth flavors, and some rich chocolate and tobacco notes. Very dry, but it’s pretty tannic. Might soften and gain some complexity with a few years in the cellar.

 — S.H.  (6/1/2003)
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