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.
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.
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
Yorkville Cellars 2016 Rennie Vineyard Cabernet Franc
92 points
$36
Medium dusty ruby color. Herbal, interesting aromas and flavors of tomato leaf, black olive, ripe, marinated cherries, and cinnamon with a silky, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish manifesting shades of oven-dried strawberry, bell pepper ribs, white pepper , bay leaf, and black plum with silky, well-integrated tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A nice, spicy Cabernet Franc that offers a pure expression of the varietal.
White Horse Winery 2016 Reserve Cabernet Franc
92 points
$39
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of violet water, tart blackberry, and graphite with an dry medium body and an appealing, long raspberry fruit leather, creme de violette, and stone dust finish with dusty, soft tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A dry and floral American Cab Franc to balance out a richer winter entree.
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 finish with overtones of mulberry pie and fresh cherry with light oak flavor. 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 finish displaying overtones of creme brulee, pomegranate-tomato chutney, and spicy nougat with fine, silky tannins and light oak flavor. An attractive and flavor-packed cabernet franc with delicious interplay of fruit and oak.
92 points $39.95
Bordeleau NV Lot Number 4 Cabernet Franc
90 points
$19
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of Hawaiian punch, tobacco, apple-mint jelly, clove, and vanilla soft serve with a crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a breezy finish manifesting impressions of iced tea. A rock solid fruity quaffer with wide appeal and depth of flavor.
Narmada Winery 2014 Reserve Cabernet Franc
90 points
$38
Garnet color. Aromas of black plum, mocha, spice cake, and tomato vine with an crisp, fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-length flan, tiramisu, and cinnamon creme finish. A creamy, oak-driven Cabernet Franc that’s ready to drink; wine like this puts Virginia on the map.