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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Albertina 2009 Meredith’s Reserve Cabernet Franc (Mendocino)

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Made from sustainably-grown mountain grapes, this is a fruit-forward Cab Franc with smaller percentages of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon blended in. It’s subtle in the variety’s classicly herbal qualities, but has a juicy softness and a whiff of coffee on the finish.  — V.B.  (7/1/2013)
86
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RoxyAnn 2009 Cabernet Franc (Rogue Valley)

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Including nearly a quarter Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Malbec, this estate grown Cabernet Franc is a bit aromatically muted but brings juicy cherry and butterscotch flavors and soft, plush tannins.  — S.S.  (7/1/2013)
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Château de Fesles 2011 La Chapelle Vieilles Vignes Cabernet Franc (Anjou)

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Vegetal aromas are followed by a more red berry, while always herbal, wine. It is taut, showing minerality as well as a tight texture. The wine is young and will certainly round out as it ages over the next 2–3 years.  — R.V.  (6/1/2013)
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Château la Varière 2011 Cabernet Franc (Anjou)

  1. $16
A fruit cake and smoky fruit flavored wine with intense youthful acidity. The flavors all come from the fruit rather than from any wood, giving a bright, accessible wine that is ready to drink now.  — R.V.  (6/1/2013)
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Yannick Amirault 2011 Rosé d’Equinoxe Cabernet Franc (Bourgueil)

A rosé that has been wood aged to produce a wine that has a toasty, smoky character to go with the more normal red berry fruits. It is rounded, ripe and full of dry, final tannins and acidity.  — R.V.  (6/1/2013)
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Alexandria Nicole 2010 Wild One Estate Grown Cabernet Franc Destiny Ridge Vineyards (Horse Heaven Hills)

  1. $42
A lightly aromatic offering of Cabernet Franc with notes of cherry cola, medicine cabinet, and herbs. The palate leans heavily on the grainy tannic structure with the light fruit flavors accented by tart, fresh acidity  — S.S.  (6/1/2013)
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Jefferson Vineyards NV Cabernet Franc (Monticello)

  1. $22
Notes of strawberry and red cherry surface on the nose, followed by touches of beeswax, dill and exotic spice. This is a medium-bodied wine with enough tannins to lend structural support. The finish bears delicate cinnamon and herbal-tea flavors that linger with some astringency.  — A.H.  (5/1/2013)
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Attimo 2011 Aviator Reserve Cabernet Franc (Virginia)

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Notes of chocolate-covered espresso bean and toffee swirl with aromas of red cherry, red currant and Indian spice. The palate is medium bodied, concentrated and fruity, and the light tannins make this an easy-drinking selection.  — A.H.  (5/1/2013)
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