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

Shenandoah Vineyards 2018  Cabernet Franc
95 points
$20
Best Buy
Dusty ruby color. Aromas of raspberry thumbprint cookies, grilled ladyfingers, redwood, and pimento with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, long chocolate mousse and baklava finish with heavy oak flavor. A decadent and distinctive Cabernet Franc that assuages the palate with creamy oak and enlivens with snappy fruit and charming terroir.
95 points $20 Best Buy
White Horse Winery 2018 Reserve Cabernet Franc
94 points
$42
Dark garnet color. Aromas of lingonberry preserves, fig, rosemary, and tomato leaf with a satiny, crisp, bone-dry light-to-medium body and a graceful, very complex, long berry chutney, creme anglaise, almonds in milk chocolate, and fine tobacco finish with no oak flavor. A poised Cabernet Franc that will delight at the table.
Reynolds Family Winery 2018 Due Diligence Cabernet Franc
94 points
$140
Black garnet color. Complex aromas of black tea, cedar, dried figs, conditioned leather, and hints of eucalyptus with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish full body and a tingling, nuanced, medium-long hints of ginger, molasses, and mocha toffee finish with chewy tannins and heavy oak flavor. A dense and spicy Napa Cabernet Franc that will seamlessly pair with steak; decant or cellar.
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.
Pedroncelli 2018 Barrel Select Cabernet Franc
93 points
$20
Best Buy
Rich violet color. Aromas and flavors of damson plum, vanilla-violet pastilles, red peppers, plump olives, tarragon, and dark chocolate with a lightly tannic, vibrant, medium-full body and a warming, involved, long finish that exhibits notes of cedar and spice cabinet with moderate oak flavor. A bold, chewy, highly satisfying Cabernet Franc with great varietal character and elegant style.
93 points $20 Best Buy
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.
Ospreys Dominion Vineyards 2014  Cabernet Franc
92 points
$22
Ruby black color. Green aromas and flavors of eucalyptus scented candle drippings, olives and peppers, bread crust, and leather with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, distinctive, long finish with shades of spiced pomegranate, roasted root vegetables, dolmades, and incense with dusty, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A savory and stylish dry Cab Franc that will compliment a fine meal.