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Cabernet Franc

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Cabernet Franc is one of the major varieties of red wine grape in Bordeaux. It is mostly grown for blending with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in the Bordeaux style, but is also vinified alone, particularly in Chinon in the Loire. It is even made into ice wine in Canada.

Cabernet Franc is lighter than Cabernet Sauvignon, contributing finesse and a peppery perfume to blends with more robust grapes. Depending on growing region and the style of wine, additional aromas can include tobacco, raspberry, and cassis, sometimes even violets. The Cabernet franc wine’s color is bright pale red.
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Food Pairing: Pairs well with autumn and winter vegetable stews and roasts. Cabernet Franc is perfect with an asparagus quiche, roasted vegetables or with braised lamb.
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2004 Cabernet Franc

Our signature wine since 1993, this is our best to date. Wonderful aromatic integration, sweet fruit well-framed by fine tannins, and spicey flavor depth which loves firelight, wil ...mored mushrooms and roasted fowl.
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French Hill Winery
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2004 Cabernet Franc

This Cab Franc is full-bodied and rich in classic Cab Franc flavor with hints of chocolate, cassias and soft tannins from French oak aging. It is bold, yet very drinkable, A great ...moredinner wine.
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Clos La Chance Wines
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2004 Estate Cabernet Franc

Aromas of dark cherry, and cranberries, with a hint of cedar and fresh herbs. Soft, ripe stone fruits such as plums and cherries on the palate...
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Baily Vineyard & Winery
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2002 Cabernet Franc

Our first varietally labeled Cabernet Franc. We've been working with this grape as a component of our Meritage. Aged in European Oak cooperage for two years, it has aromas of black ...more cherry and vanilla. Try it with rack of lamb, roast beef, or cheese.
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Bedford Thompson Winery
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2000 Cabernet Franc
Los Alamos Hills

Cabernet Franc, the parent variety of the more famous Cabernet Sauvignon, has better success in cooler soils. It is usually not as rich as its off-spring and in Bordeaux, used as a ...more blending component for its raspberry-like fruit and leafy, floral components. In Santa Barbara County, Cabernet Franc takes on a richer, deeper, more complex personality than many other winegrowing regions worldwide. With our longer growing season, the extra hang time on the vines allows the grapes to develop additional dimensions. The south facing, steep slopes in the hills of the Los Alamos Valley means excellent sun exposure and drainage for complete ripening and best possible flavors. Though he is able to blend up to 25% and still have the varietal name on the label, winemaker Stephan Bedford prefers to extol the true expression of the varietal from a single source and all the attributes assigned to it, by allowing these wines to be entirely Cabernet Franc. At 100 percent Cabernet Franc, the wine is intense with immense fruit reminiscent of ripe blackberries, blueberries and spice supported by a toasty vanilla component from approximately 20 months barrel age, 33% percent new French oak. It has a sup
Secret Ravine Vineyard & Winery
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2004 Cab Franc
Jim O’Connor Vineyard

Dark red, well balanced, distinctive plum and cherry flavors wrapped with toasty oak overtones.
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Graeser Winery
CAW Rating: 55
1 reviews

2003 Cabernet Franc

Our 2003 Cabernet Franc has all the exuberant fruit and spice we’ve come to expect from our Diamond Mountain Hillsides. The nose is rich with upfront dark fruit character this time ...more around, ripe black cherry, black raspberry, generous fresh pepper and lovely oak spice.

The first sip says “which way to the barbeque?” with a burst of mixed berry, plum and cherry fruit. The 2003 is medium to full bodied, perfectly ripe with the kind of juicy acidity that makes it so very user friendly at the dinner table. Enjoy this one with good company for 5-10 years!

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Cordon Creek Cellars
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2000 Cabernet Franc
El Dorado

Our 2000 cabernet franc was vinted entirely from grapes harvested from the O’Brien Vineyard, one of El Dorado County’s outstanding vineyards. This full-bodied wine purveys bright, ...moreforward fruit with elements of ripe blueberry and blackberry. A delightful peppery nose reveals a just a hint of ripe currants.
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Pine Ridge Winery
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2004 Cabernet Franc

Attractive aromas of cherry and briar lift to reveal hints of vanilla and slight molasses, accented by tobacco and dried herbs. Medium to full-bodied on the palate, the elegant 200 ...more4 Cabernet Franc is brimming with sweet, baked cherry flavors and suggestions of tobacco, steering toward an extended finish of ripe fruit and cocoa, firmed by slightly chewy tannins. This wine may be enjoyed now or cellared for five to ten years.

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Oak Mountain Winery
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2004 Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Franc is one of the genetic parents of cabernet sauvignon (the other is sauvignon blanc). The flavors are that of raspberry, cherry, plum and strawberry. There is an aroma ...more of violets, berries and oak. This wine goes exceptionally well with cheeses such as Gorgonzola, mild cheddar and gouda.

Chappellet Vineyards
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2004 Pritchard Hill Estate Vineyard Cabernet Franc
Napa Valley

Chappellet’s Pritchard Hill Estate Vineyard Cabernet Franc is a traditional Bordeaux blend with Cabernet Franc at its base. The original vines were planted in 1989, making Cabernet ...more Franc a relatively new addition to Pritchard Hill. This varietal thrives on the hill’s volcanic soils, where conditions are ideal for developing ripe, concentrated flavors. The wine was bottled after spending 18 months in French Oak barrels (60 % new)

Ironstone Vineyards
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2004 Reserve Cabernet Franc
Sierra Foothills

Elaborately crafted, the Reserve 2003 Cabernet Franc is filled with elegant oak aromas and spicy undertones that seduce the senses. Succulent, dark fruit flavors of sweet plum, bla ...moreck cherry with a hint of violet and oak fills the palate and gives way to a smooth, medium finish.

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Cheapskate Wines
CAW Rating: 87
1 reviews

2003 Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Franc done right is perhaps the most elegant and profound of reds. Here is proof that California can offer rich fruit and ample structure as well. Joe Ramazotti’s living s ...moreoil gave us full ripeness at moderate brix. There is no trace of the dry tannin and green flavors typical of this variety in circumstances of unmanaged canopy and lifeless soil. Instead the wine presents well-developed plum, sage and cinnamon flavors borne on a silky, chocolaty tannin structure. Joe’s benign vineyard practices stimulate the growth of earthworms and mycorrhizal fungi which permit trace mineral uptake by the vine. In consequence, the finish possesses a mineral energy usually unseen in cabernet franc outside the Loire.

Domenico Wines
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2004 Cabernet Franc
Amador County

Full-bodied with black cherry, plum, herbal spices and tobacco aromas. Herbal and dried cherry flavors. Pairs well with roasted meats, rack of lamb, and aged cheeses.
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Raymond Vineyard & Cellar
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2002 Reserve Cabernet Franc
Napa Valley

77% Cabernet Franc and 23% Cabernet Sauvignon, this medium-bodied limited edition wine is rich and ripe with blueberry, blackberry, lavender, fig, mocha, pepper and spicy cinnamon ...morearomas followed by inviting fruit forward flavors of plum and cassis, clove, spicy earth and a hint of oak on the long, smooth finish. Well balanced with good structure and firm integrated tannins.

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Witch Creek Winery
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2004 Reserve Cabernet Franc
El Dorado

Big full bodied wine with dark berry flavors & hints of cocoa powder. Pair with roast, chops or a really good steak.

Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards
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2004 Cabernet Franc
Santa Ynez Valley

Cabernet Franc is a very old variety which is still dominant in parts of the Loire Valley and Bordeaux. This wine derives from grapes grown in our Valley View Vineyard, east of Sol ...morevang in the Santa Ynez Valley and was aged for 19 months in 1-5 year old French oak barrels. It exhibits aromas of blueberry, kirsch and black cherry with flavors of big, rich, dark, blackberry-raspberry jam followed by ripe, chewy tannins and a long rich finish.

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Darioush Winery
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2004 Signature Cabernet Franc
Napa Valley

As a classic Bordeaux varietal, Cabernet Franc imparts such intensity of fruit and dark earthy components when blended into our Signature Cabernet Sauvignon. On its own, it possess ...morees power with great poise. Alluring blueberry and cassis aromas mingle with earthy oolong tea, cinnamon and cigar box. This ripe, supple wine shows focused intensity with a long and lingering clove, licorice and spice finish.

St. Francis Winery
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2004 Cabernet Franc
McCoy Vineyard, Sonoma County

The McCoy Vineyard has long been praised for grapes of intense flavors and concentrated aromas and the 2004 vintage is no exception. Perched along the western slopes of the M ...moreayacamas Range, it overlooks northern Sonoma Valley, and is a lovely example of the varietal from a vineyard that has consistently provided St. Francis with exceptional fruit. Cabernet Franc ripens earlier and thrives in slightly cooler climates than its “sister” Cabernet Sauvignon. The small intensely flavorful clusters are hand-picked at a mature 25.5 Brix. A nice slow fermentation gives the wine richness and viscosity, and aging 24 months in both French and American oak has imparted a fullness to the wine’s mouthfeel. If you enjoy Cabernet Franc, this full-bodied vintage with notes of blackberry, cassis and leather will surely delight. Made in a very limited quantity, this single vineyard wine is available only at the Winery.

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Homewood Winery
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2005 Cabernet Franc

Jammy black fruits with some cinnamon

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