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Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Franc Wine Details

Description: A versatile Cabernet for food pairings with medium-bodied cheeses, grilled or roasted meats, and rich sauces. Well-balanced with a very rich, ripe tannic structure. Flavors of ripe raspberry with a velvety mouth feel. Floral notes of violet on the nose and a hint of pepper on the finish. Aged in new French oak for nine months.

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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