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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San Juan Vineyards 2010 Cabernet Franc (Horse Heaven Hills)

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Lighter in color, the wood is up front initially with notes of toast, spice and mocha, followed by jalapeno, green herbs and whole green pepper. It’s elegantly styled with tart acidity and blocky tannins.

 — S.S.  (3/1/2014)
86
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Treleaven 2010 Reserve Cabernet Franc (Finger Lakes)

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This easy drinking Cabernet Franc is aromatic on the nose, with whiffs of ripe bramble bush, raspberry and blackberry. It’s forward and fruity on the palate, with crisp red cherry flavor and soft acidity that makes it effortlessly quaffable.

 — A.I.  (3/1/2014)
86
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Lovingston 2011 Josie’s Knoll Cabernet Franc (Monticello)

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Pretty scents of raspberry, baked strawberry, rose potpourri and exotic spice carry onto the lithe, open-knit palate. The dried herb and licorice flavors that extend onto the finish lend this Cabernet Franc a savory bent.

 — A.H.  (12/31/2013)
86
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Sans Soucy 2011 Le Gran Nez Cabernet Franc (Virginia)

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An enticing note of ancho chili develops as it breathes, adding piquancy to the touches of cocoa, dried herb and dark cherry. This is a medium bodied Cabernet Franc with fine chalky tannins and keen acids marking the finish.

 — A.H.  (12/31/2013)
86
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Sannino 2010 Cabernet Franc (North Fork of Long Island)

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Bright strawberry and dried cherry notes meld with scents of black tea and cedar on this intensely aromatic Cabernet Franc. The palate is more direct, with big, bold red cherry flavors wrapped up in soft, feathery tannins. Fruit forward and plush, this is a wine to enjoy now.

 — A.I.  (12/31/2013)
86
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Turnbull 2010 Leopoldina Estate Grown Cabernet Franc (Oakville)

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There’s a raisin skin bitterness and some raisiny, Port-like flavors to this Cabernet Franc, suggesting some of the grapes were roasted on the vine. Other than that, it’s softly tannic and savory, with cherry pie and oak notes.

 — S.H.  (12/31/2013)
86
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Palmer 2009 Proprietor’s Reserve Cabernet Franc (North Fork of Long Island)

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Hints of wet granite and tobacco lend a savory note to tart cranberry and cherry flavors in this earthy offering. Full bodied in style with layers of soft, fine-grained tannins, it has a bold earthy and leathery finish.

 — A.I.  (12/31/2013)
86
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Boëté 2009 Saunders Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Franc (Carmel Valley)

  1. $40

Made from 100% Cab Franc, this is a soft, rather one-dimensional wine. It has complex flavors of cherries, red currants, cola, white pepper and herbs, but is short on structure and interest. Drink now.

 — S.H.  (12/1/2013)
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