Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Franc is one of the major black grape varieties worldwide. It is principally grown for blending with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in the Bordeaux style, but can also be vinified alone, as in the Loire's Chinon. In addition to being used in blends and produced as a varietal in Canada and the United States, it is made into ice wine in those regions.Cabernet Franc is lighter than Cabernet Sauvignon, making a bright pale red wine that contributes finesse and lends a peppery perfume to blends with more robust grapes. Depending on the growing region and style of wine, additional aromas can include tobacco, raspberry, bell pepper, cassis, and violets.
Posts about Cabernet Franc
  • We the Icewine

    … production laws insist that Icewine must be made from approved grape varieties; the most popular are Vidal Blanc, Riesling and Cabernet Franc. Some small lots include Gewürztraminer, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. Grapes are left on the vine until a sustained temperature of -8°C or lower is reached and then picked from those vines encapsulated…

  • St. Ambrose Cellars 2011 Cabernet Franc

    … Although Benzie County’s St. Ambrose Cellars primary focus is on honey-based meads, they also produce a line of grape wines that can’t be ignored. One in particular, the St. Ambrose Cellars 2011 Cabernet Franc, is a delicious, varietal-correct wine, made from grapes grown in the Lake Michigan Shore Appellation. Earthy and rich, the medium…

    Brian Kirby/ The Other 46in Cabernet Franc- 7 readers -
  • Is writing making a mess of wine?

    Rave Review Wine today is suffocated by an industrial and disproportionate number of writers, critics, reviewers and judges. There are so many voices vying for airtime, filling up virtual white pages with their comments, feelings and dissertations. There are homers and there are curmudgeons. When in balance, both keep the ship afloat, but more often than not the questions begs.

    Michael Godel/ Godello- 5 readers -
  • Hawk Haven Vineyard Cabernet Franc Paired With Duck Legs and Root Veggies

    Here was an unexpected surprise... At a recent wine tasting event we were enamored with a Cabernet Franc from Hawk Haven Vineyard in New Jersey. Always a fan of this varietal, we admit New Jersey wasn't the first growing region that came to mind. The tasting featured wine regions across North America and was an opening event for the Wine Tourism Conference.

    Jade Helm/ Tasting Pour- 12 readers -
  • Bartier Brothers opening winery

    … of Merlot and Chardonnay, 2.4 acres of Cabernet Franc, 2.6 acres of Syrah and two acres of Sémillon. “The site is very good,” Michael says. “At that latitude, Black Sage Road is the divider between the sandy soils (above the road) and the gravel bar (below the road). The gravel bar, of course, is all young (10,000 year old) glacial till which is very…

    John Schreiner/ John Schreiner on winein Cabernet Franc Syrah- 7 readers -
  • Mullan Road Cellars 2012 Red Wine Blend, Columbia Valley, $45

    … spice and cocoa powder amid plum, blueberry, bittersweet chocolate, chalkboard dust and violet. There’s a bold juiciness to the entry with pomegranate, black cherry and red currant, followed by underlying tannin making for a well-balanced structure. It turns darker on the finish with flavors of blackberry and more plum. In the Seattle area, ask for these wines at your local wine merchant, McCarthy & Schiering, Wine World, Total Wine & More Rating: Excellent Production: 2,000 cases Alcohol: 14.1% …

    Great Northwest Winein Cabernet Franc- 8 readers -
  • 2010 Mission Hill Compendium mini review

    … give it a solid 90. Available from Marc Anthony wines for $39.95 a bottle in cases of 6. Yumm. From the winery`s web site: 2010 Compendium New Release! 41% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Franc A compendium is a ‘collection'; this Bordeaux inspired wine is part of Mission Hill Family Estate’s ultra-premium wine collection. Elegant…

    John Galea/ Canadian Wine Guyin Cabernet Franc- 4 readers -
  • Steven Kent Winery, Protocol #WineStudio, and #Wine Credentials

    The January theme at Protocol #WineStudio is Wine Credentials: Letters of Distinction and to help sip our way through the discussion, samples of Steven Kent Winery to several participants. The winery started in 1996 with the goal of producing world class Cabernet in the Livermore Valley. Bordeaux grape varieties have been planted in the valley since the 1880's and many believ ...

    Todd M. Godbout/ WineCompass- 44 readers -
  • Toledo Area Wine events & Tastings: January 21-24, 2015

    … Pkwy., Rossford – (419) 872-6800. 6:00 – 9:00 PM. Thursday Night Tasting:. Nominal fee per sample. Noir Fine Wine and Beer, 1616 East Wooster, Bowling Green, 6-9 PM. Nominal fee per sample or priced per flight. TREO Wine Bar, 5703 Main St., Sylvania, (419) 882-2266. Wine & Cheese Thursday. Explore the wonderful world…

    Toledo Wines and Vines- 6 readers -
  • Sophistication and Elegance Offered at RdV

    … that makes vines struggle for water and nutrients and thus well suited for producing grapes that produce world-class wines. Sixteen acres of the RdV site is devoted to growing four of the five Bordeaux varietals, and these include Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petit Verdot. And the name RdV? These are the initials of owner Rutger de…

    Virginia Wine Timein Cabernet Franc- 4 readers -
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