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

Jarvis 2015 Will Jarvis Science Project Cabernet Franc
96 points
$170
Medium ruby black color. Fruity, inviting aromas and flavors of smuckers jam, sweet mint, raspberry, and January Christmas tree with a satiny, racy, bone-dry medium body and a tingling, compelling, medium-length finish that presents notes of cranberry mostarda, black cherry, cedar smoke , sticky coffee pudding, cocoa powder, and blackberry with chewy, woody tannins and light oak flavor. A decadent, silky-smooth Cabernet Franc in a plush, elegant style.
Working Dog Winery 2016 Estate Bottled Cabernet Franc
95 points
$39.99
Dark dusty violet color. Interesting aromas of ligonberry, pomegranate, tiramisu, jamon Iberico, marinated grape leaves, and oregano with a satiny, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, subtle, very long cherry jam, roasted beets, tangerine zest, leather, rosemary, and chocolate-cherry crumble finish with well-integrated, grippy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A delicious, complex, and finely assembled Cabernet Franc from New Jersey that gives Bordeaux a run for its money.
95 points $39.99
Jarvis 2014 Estate Grown Cabernet Franc
95 points
$125
Dusty garnet color. Herbal, vegetal aromas and flavors of parsley stems, red plum, Palo Santo smoke, bergamot , and tobacco with a velvety, lively, dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, engaging, medium-long finish that presents notes of earl grey tea, cranberry, hazelnut, and roasted beets with well-integrated, earthy tannins and light oak flavor. A nicely restrained and well-concentrated Cabernet Franc with velvety texture; share and impress.
Monte De Oro 2016 Deportola Vineyard Cabernet Franc
94 points
$40
Garnet black color. Fruity aromas and flavors of roast apricot, fresh orange zest, and plum gastrique with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long finish revealing notes of cranberry-orange tea cakes, black tea, and black licorice with moderate oak flavor. A bright and distinctive Temecula Cabernet Franc with loads of uplifting citrus character.
Wild Sun Winery 2018  Cabernet Franc
93 points
$42
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of fragrant red apple, ripe plum, cherry gastrique, graham cracker pie crusts, dill, and sage with a satiny, lively, dryish light body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length finish conveying nuances of black cassis tart, grilled red peppers, and sea salt with moderate oak flavor. An appetizing, high-acid red that will drink beautifully with full-flavor meats; drink now or cellar.
Jacob Franklin 2014 Holbrook Mitchell Vineyard Cabernet Franc
93 points
$75
Dusty deep purple color. Aromas of almond-studded nougat, ripe plum, chocolate-peppermint cookie, thyme, and caramel with a velvety, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a smooth, subtle, very long oiled nuts, macerated strawberry, leather, tobacco, dried leaves, carob, and olives finish with heavy oak flavor. A spot-on Cab Franc palate-pleaser with gobs of Napa style.
LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards 2016 Miller Vineyard Cabernet Franc
93 points
$32
Black garnet color. Complex aromas of candied jalapeño, fine dark chocolate, rose petal, and sweet paprika with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, complex, long caramelized mushrooms and juicy plum finish with well-integrated, fine tannins and moderate oak flavor. A finely tuned Clarksburg Cabernet Franc with a delectably smooth palate full of elegance and depth.
Fox Hollow Vineyards 2015  Cabernet Franc
93 points
$32
Garnet color. Aromas of dried figs, dates, balsamic reduction, leather, and fruit cake with a bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, breezy dried peach, cinnamon pastry, and chocolate buttercream finish with moderate oak flavor. A fruit-forward Cabernet Franc with lots of oak and spicy nuance.
White Horse Winery 2017  Cabernet Franc
92 points
$42
Ruby garnet color. Clean aromas and flavors of cranberry, tart cherry, pico de gallo, and cracked coriander with a supple, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a sleek, appealing, medium-long finish with notes of orange peel, cracked peppercorns, and hints of vanilla yogurt. A bright and easy-drinking Cabernet Franc that lifts the palate.
Spangler 2017  Cabernet Franc
92 points
$29
Dusty deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of blackberry muffins, wild blueberries, grilled vanilla bean, and chocolate gelato with a round, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, distinctive, medium-long finish with impressions of grilled bell pepper, orange marmalade, bergamot, white peppercorns, and violet with heavy oak flavor. Notes of smoked vanilla and juicy wild berries entice most any new world wine drinker to the glass; a rock solid cab franc with a distinctly Oregonian swagger.