About Cabernet Franc Red Wine

About Cabernet Franc Red Wine
Cabernet Franc is very closely related to cabernet sauvignon; it is widely presumed that cabernet franc is just a well established mutation. It is ideally suited to cooler climates, as it buds and ripens earlier than cabernet sauvignon. Additionally, it is less susceptible to poor weather during harvest. In the Medoc and Graves region of Bordeaux, where it typically constitutes about 15% of the final blend, it is seen as a measure of insurance against poor cabernet sauvignon or merlot weather. Cabernet franc used to be planted almost as widely as cabernet sauvignon in Bordeaux well into the 60s, but cabernet sauvignon had swung into such favor that 30 years later it had twice the acreage of cabernet franc.

Top Picks for Cabernet Franc

Amalthea 2015 Reserve Cabernet Franc
94 points
$24.99
Medium garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of dark berry and tomato compote, baker’s chocolate in a cedar box, mesquite honeycomb, hints of perfumed tobacco, and India ink and tomato vine with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, medium-long black raspberry creme brulee, cocoa toffee, and spiced pomegranate seeds and peaches finish with light oak. A complex and enticing cabernet franc with great varietal typicity and sense of place.
94 points $24.99
Encendido 2014 Single Vineyard Barrel Fermented Cabernet Franc
93 points
$65
Black violet color. Aromas of prunes, raisin, roasted aliums, and sweet pea blossom with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish medium-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long cinnamon stick, nutmeg, dry earth, and compressed watermelon finish with firm tannins and moderate oak. A sturdy and serious Cab Franc with aging potential; fans of Ripasso wines may find a match here.
Spangler 2014  Cabernet Franc
93 points
$28
Black violet color. Oaky aromas of ripe plums, spice cake, sweet pea blossom, buttercream frosting, soy sauce, and freshly stained wood with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, stimulating, medium-long rich tobacco, beeswax, and cocoa powder finish with grippy tannins. A bold and serious cab franc to lay down for years to let its flavors integrate.
City Winery Nashville 2016 Alder Springs Vineyard Cabernet Franc
92 points
$24
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of jalapeño rings, jasmine tea, sage, dark chocolate, and ripe plum with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length mulberry pie and fresh cherry finish with light oak. Welcoming spice beacons for another sip; a gulpable Cab Franc with great purity.
Hawk Haven 2015 Signature Series Cabernet Franc
92 points
$39.99
Dusty deep purple color. Complex aromas of leather, salami, orange peel, cardamom, belgian yeast, and fresh blueberry scone with a velvety, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, nuanced, very long cherry dust, silt, and peppercorn sauce finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A complex Cab Franc of great depth with loads of acid for the long haul.
92 points $39.99
Bel Vino NV Grand Reserve Cabernet Franc
92 points
$39.95
Dark garnet color. Attractive aromas and flavors of berry tart, chocolate cherry bonbon, and honeyed herbs with a supple, bright, fruity full body and a smooth, appealing, long creme brulee, pomegranate-tomato chutney, and spicy nougat finish with fine, silky tannins and light oak. An attractive and flavor-packed cabernet franc with delicious interplay of fruit and oak.
92 points $39.95
Inkarri 2016 Estate Bottled Cabernet Franc
92 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Perfumed aromas and flavors of sweet dark berry melange, violet petals, earth, and heirloom tomato and watermelon salad with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, long fine leather furniture, gooseberry, soy sauce, peaches and cream, and fragrant toasty tobacco finish with well-integrated, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A beautiful and serious wine with a hint of sweetness; serve with zesty steaks.
92 points $13.99 Best Buy
Freedom Run 2015 Estate Reserve Cabernet Franc
92 points
$29.95
Dark deep purple color. Aromas of ripe plump blueberries, tomato leaf, earl grey tea, and smoke with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, subtle, medium-long crushed walnut and vanilla sugar finish with well-integrated, medium tannins and moderate oak. A homerun Cabernet Franc from Niagara Escarpment; concentrated blueberry and spice flavors linger on the palate until the next delicious sip.
92 points $29.95
LangeTwins Winery 2013 Miller Vineyard Single Barrel Cabernet Franc
92 points
$50
Murky ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of cherry stems, dusty rose, and clay pottery with an crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an appealing, medium-length , and racquetball finish with chewy tannins and a suggestion of oak. A luscious fruit forward Cab Franc that demands food worthy of it.
Makana Cellars 2013  Cabernet Franc
92 points
$70
Black ruby color. Herbal aromas and flavors of bay leaf and sage with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a graceful, interesting, medium-long spiced blackberry jam, dark chocolate, and dried cherry finish with well-integrated, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A multilayered cab franc with great herbal notes that never venture into "too-green" territory; a must-try.