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.
Black fruit, leather and licorice aromas are draped all over this heavyweight Cabernet Franc. It feels tannic, with aggressive flavors of bullish black fruit. This is flavorful at every point, but hard and abrasive in feel.
Soft accents of carnation and forest floor marry with the red currant and bright white-strawberry aromas and flavors. Medium weight with fine, fleeting tannins, this has a clean, medium-length finish. Drink now.
Rich and oaky, this has bigtime flavors of blackberry and blueberry jam, milk chocolate and exotic spice. Made in the modern cult style, it’s certainly sweet and flashy, yet lacks structural integrity.
Smoke and char notes mingle with bramble, dark chocolate and autumn leaf accents on this rustic, yet structured, Cabernet Franc. The palate is elegantly fruity, with a crisp black-plum flavor, striking acidity and a delicate touch of vanilla spice. The tannins are bold, so decant to drink now.
This smells gritty and herbal on first take, with roasted, leafy aromas. The herb and red fruit flavors are a bit spotty, remaining herbal and mildly green on the finish, with snappy acidity.
Straight-ahead cranberry fruit takes center stage, with light tannins. It’s well balanced and everything is proportionate—good winemaking. But there is not a lot of depth or detail to the finish.