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 2016 Estate Cabernet Franc
95 points
$160
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate covered plum, grilled green peppers, cured meats, and tobacco with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, intricate, long finish with notes of chocolate, grilled almonds, creme brulee, and fresh parsley with firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. A divine Cabernet Franc that is sure to please.
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.
Awards: 2021 Best Cabernet Franc
95 points $20 Best Buy
Jarvis 2019 Will Jarvis Science Project Cabernet Franc
94 points
$220
Deep purple color. Aromas of blackberry, toffee, huckleberry pie crust, and bacon with a full body and a long roasted nuts, blackberry compote, cedar, and black tea finish. A rich, savory Cabernet Franc that is built to last.
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.
Pend D’Oreille 2020  Cabernet Franc
93 points
$25
Deep purple color. Aromas of bright blackberry and hints of rose with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long dark chocolate, caramel, and hazelnut tart finish with moderate oak flavor. An oaky, chocolatey Cabernet Franc with bright fruit and a lasting finish.
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.
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.