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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Gratien et Meyer NV Cuvée Flamme Brut Rosé Cabernet Franc (Saumur)

Pale salmon and orange in color, this is a wine that brings together almonds, red fruits and a yeasty character. It is full-bodied, the ripe fruits like fruit candy, a bitter edge never far away.

 — R.V.  (12/15/2008)
87
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Three Rivers 2006 Weinbau Vineyard Cabernet Franc (Wahluke Slope)

  1. $39

There’s 5% Malbec in the blend, but the austere, scrapey tannins of the Franc still dominate the finish. The fruit is pretty, with blueberry character to burn. The wine hits the palate well in the beginning, but seems to sag a bit midpalate before heading into that astringent finish, enlivened by toasty new oak. If you like blueberries, you’ll like this wine.

 — P.G.  (12/1/2008)
87
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Oakville Ranch 2004 Robert's Blend Cabernet Franc (Oakville)

  1. $90

Young and jammy now, this wine needs some time to come around. It’s made in the modern style, a fruit-driven red with cherry, red currant and chocolate flavors that melt in your mouth. Considerable new oak shows up as toast and caramel. Give it until mid-2009 or later.

 — S.H.  (12/1/2008)
87
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Red Newt Cellars 2005 Cabernet Franc (Finger Lakes)

  1. $20

This is an impressive Cab Franc from Red Newt, with bright cherry, violet and pepper spice on the nose and a fresh, lively blend of red fruit in the mouth. The harmonious acid and structure add to the upfront, appealing nature of this wine.

 — S.K.  (10/1/2008)
87
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R & B Cellars 2006 Counterpoint Cabernet Franc (El Dorado)

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  1. $24

A very nice Cab Franc that shows how well this variety can do in the Sierra Foothills. It’s quite soft and light in body, making it a wine for early drinking. But it offers waves of cherries, anisettte liqueur, cocoa, pepper and mint flavors that are delicious.

 — S.H.  (7/1/2008)
87
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Lava Cap 2004 Reserve Cabernet Franc (El Dorado)

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  1. $20

A very easy wine to like. It’s so softly balanced, so rich in cherries, licorice and smoky vanilla, so light in texture, you could drink it as a cocktail wine. But it will also nicely complement a wide variety of foods.

 — S.H.  (7/1/2008)
87
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Basel Cellars 2005 Chelle den Millie Reserve Cabernet Franc (Columbia Valley (WA))

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  1. $36

After almost losing a finger struggling to remove the rock-hard faux wax “capsule” I found this strawberry/cherry cordial-flavored wine quite pleasant. The fruit, from a Rattlesnake Hills vineyard, has a sweet core, while the tannins add an earthy streak of green tea.

 — P.G.  (5/1/2008)
87
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Columbia Crest 2005 Beverly Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Franc (Columbia Valley (WA))

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  1. $30

A scintillating scent of rose petals opens up this pleasing wine, which continues with raspberry and cherry fruit, accented with light milk chocolate. It is not a heavy wine; in fact, if Franc can ever be called elegant, even feminine, this is how it should taste. The finish falls off rather quickly, but otherwise it is a fine effort.

 — P.G.  (5/1/2008)
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