Cabernet Franc Wine Information


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Joe Becerra

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  • In California, Cabernet Franc is most commonly used as a blending grape. The winemaker will add a small amount of Cabernet Franc to enhance the structure and flavor of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.  Cabernet Franc is also used in wines that are called Meritage or Bordeaux blends by California winemakers.
  • In France, Cabernet Franc is found in Bordeaux and the Loire.
  • Recently, some California winemakers have discovered that Cabernet Franc on its own can produce a distinctive and delicious bottle of wine.
  • Cabernet Franc tends to be less tannic than Cabernet Sauvignon.
  • Cabernet Franc is a rich wine that can have herbaceous and grassy aromas, and flavors of cassis, raspberry, and cherry.
  • Many consider Cabernet Franc to be more food-friendly than Cabernet Sauvignon. It is a refreshing alternative to Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Cabernet Franc will pair well with red meat dishes.

Cabernet Franc is produced by these wineries on our Wine Trails.

  • Joe Becerra

    Joe Becerra has been traveling to wine country and enjoying wine since 1965. He is a retired educator, and now have the time the opportunity to share his wine travel experiences through this Website.

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