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Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Franc Wine Details

Description: Cabernet Franc is a new red wine variety for Michigan, and it seems to have found a new home. The nose is greeted with powerful blackcherry and cherry fruit characters with a hint of vanilla from the barrel aging. These rich fruit flavors follow onto the palate where the soft tannins add backbone and structure to this elegant wine. Here is a fabulous wine, designed to complement foods containing garlic and herbs like basil or thyme, and we have found that it really goes great with Chocolate Biscotti for a simple dessert (e-mail us for the recipe).

Varietal Definition
Cabernet Franc:
Cabernet Franc is an accessible, spicy, herbal, dark blue grape variety that is often compared to Cabernet Sauvignon. Cabernet Franc tends to be softer and has less tannin than Cabernet Sauvignon, although the two can be difficult to distinguish. Sometimes the French refer to Cabernets, which could mean either of the two grapes. Its typical aromas include an herbaceous and pronounced peppery nose, even in ripe fruit, and something eerily like tobacco. The Cabernet Franc ripens at an earlier stage, which gives it reason to exist in the Bordeaux area. In the Loire, where we find it a lot, it gives a clear red fresh and fruity wine.


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