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Wine Guide > Ravenswood Winery > Cabernet Franc

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Cabernet Franc

2002 Cabernet Franc
Sonoma County

Although Cabernet Franc is often viewed as Cabernet Sauvignon's little brother, it's actually the father. Yes: Cabernet Sauvignon is the child of Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc, the primary grape in the great Bordeaux wines of St. Emilion. Widely employed in both France and California as a blending partner with its better-known son, when vinified separately — as this wine is, with fruit from Sonoma Valley, Rancho Salina and Pickberry — Cabernet Franc has an approachable elegance that sheer Cabernet Sauvignon lacks. Then there are its seductive overtones of raspberries, violets, olives and smoke. No worries: it's a compliment to mistake a parent for its own offspring.

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