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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Falcor 2003 Cabernet Franc (Napa Valley)

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  1. $38

Lots to like in this wine, with plush, smoky oak framing luscious red and black cherry and chocolate flavors, and the finish is smooth and dry. The major flaw is an excessive softness that makes the wine lack balance.

 — S.H.  (12/15/2007)
87
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Constant 2004 Cabernet Franc (Napa Valley)

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  1. $75

A gentle, tasty Cab Franc that shows the variety’s pure, clean cherry and cassis personality. It’s really luscious at the flavor level. It’s not particularly complex, though, and finishes a little obvious in sweet oaky caramel.

 — S.H.  (12/1/2007)
87
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Chatter Creek 2005 Alder Ridge Vineyard Cabernet Franc (Horse Heaven Hills)

  1. $24

Three quarters Cabernet Franc with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot filling in the rest, the Horse Heaven Hills fruit mixes strawberry, black cherry with tart cranberry flavors. It looks a little murky in the glass (unfiltered perhaps?) but the flavors are fresh enough, and the wine holds your attention for quite a long while. Needs a bit more definition on the finish.

 — P.G.  (11/1/2007)
87
points

Midnight Cellars 2004 Moonlight Cabernet Franc (Paso Robles)

  1. $26

Bright and forward in Cab Franc cherry fruit, this dry wine shows plenty of polish and sophistication. Besides the cherry flavors, the other notable feature here is tannins. They’re of the sticky, astringent kind, but by no means unpleasant. This is a wine that simply calls for very rich steak, to break down and soften it.

 — S.H.  (11/1/2007)
87
points

Remy-Pannier 2005 Cabernet Franc (Chinon)

  1. $14

A good, sturdy wine, fruity with blueberries structured with soft tannins. This has some good ripe fruit and a layer of dryness. To finish, there are dry figs and dark plums.

 — R.V.  (10/1/2007)
87
points

Charles Joguet 2004 Les Varennes du Grand Clos Cabernet Franc (Chinon)

  1. $28

very fresh, red cherry-flavored wine, more fruit than structure. Some dry tannins show through the fruit on the finish. This is a wine that is about immediate pleasure.

 — R.V.  (10/1/2007)
87
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Maryhill 2004 Proprietor's Reserve Cabernet Franc (Columbia Valley (WA))

  1. $30

I really liked the winery’s 2003 Cab Franc, for its dark, black fruits laced with licorice and streaks of tarry tannin. What’s missing here is that defining structure; they’ve slipped this one into the soft, smooth, generic red category. Sweet fruit, some smoke and a bit more stiffness to the tannins still make this wine a relative standout, but it’s lost its edge.

 — P.G.  (8/1/2007)
87
points

Pillitteri 2002 Icewine Cabernet Franc (Niagara Peninsula)

  1. $60

A heady fragrance of strawberry, orange peel and red berries immediately entices, and the flavors that follow do not disappoint. The wine is elegant and flavorful, with a balanced amount of acidity and sweetness, and the mouthfeel is creamy as well as lively—a tough balance to strike but one that is successfully achieved here. Delicious and accessible.

 — S.K.  (7/1/2007)
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