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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Yates Family Vineyard 2007 Cheval Cabernet Franc (Mount Veeder)

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Not as rich or satisfying as the ’06, probably a victim of the cool vintage. The wine makes an effort at lean elegance, and largely succeeds, except for a stubborn sharpness throughout. Despite that you’ll find pleasant, oak-inspired black cherry and currant flavors. Drink now.  — S.H.  (6/1/2010)
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Coniglio 2005 Cabernet Franc (Napa Valley)

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A decent wine, but pretty linear and with lots of divots. More proof that Cab Franc on its own is very difficult to make whole and complex. The wine is drily tannic, with cherry and oak flavors and cherryskin tannins. Drink now.  — S.H.  (6/1/2010)
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Oakville Ranch 2005 Robert's Blend Cabernet Franc (Napa Valley)

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A good wine, but incomplete, and shows why Cabernet Franc is a tough variety to bottle on its own. You get a blast of cherries and oak, with sturdy tannins, but the wine lacks depth and complexity.  — S.H.  (6/1/2010)
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Domaine du Grand Bouqueteau 2008 Rosé Cabernet Franc (Chinon)

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Crisp, dry, light wine, its freshness coming from redcurrant fruits. A gentle caramel overlay gives extra weight.  — R.V.  (5/1/2010)
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Raymond Burr 2007 Cabernet Franc (Sonoma County)

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Modest in alcohol, which is nice, but it comes at the price of richness. This is a lean, earthy wine whose acidity and tannins co-star with the cherries and tobacco. Drink now.  — S.H.  (5/1/2010)
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Swedish Hill 2007 Cabernet Franc (Finger Lakes)

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A nice marriage of the structured Cabernet Franc grape and the juicy, easy-to-drink Lemberger, this wine has a polished nose of cinnamon, vanilla, orange rind and black currant. Crisp and smooth in the mouth, with a tinge of espresso. Dusty, woody tannins dominate the raspberry-flavored finish. Pair with flavorful beef dishes. Drink now to 2012.  — W.E.  (5/1/2010)
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Vin du Lac 2007 Barrel Select Cabernet Franc (Columbia Valley (WA))

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Blended with 18% Merlot, this shows a mix of black cherry, fig and sweet prune fruit flavors. Some smoke from barrel aging comes in, and it’s good right up to the finish, which has a gluey undertone.  — P.G.  (5/1/2010)
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Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2007 Cabernet Franc (Finger Lakes)

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Raspberry and sawdust vie for domination on the nose while a difficult-to-resist flavor of mixed-berry soup comes through on the crisp, mouthwatering palate. Medium rhubarb and earth finish. Charming.  — W.E.  (12/15/2009)
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