Best Cabernet Franc Wine

Cabernet Franc is one of the five grapes in Bordeaux blends, along with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot. (Cabernet Franc, along with Sauvignon Blanc, is actually one of the genetic parents of Cabernet Sauvignon.)

Cabernet Franc is a thin-skinned, early-ripening grape with a lighter body and acidity than the robust Cabernet Sauvignon, but is more susceptible to spring frosts.

In France, which boasts the most vineyard acreage of Cabernet Franc in the world, several regions have more plantings than others, such as St.Emilion, the Loire Valley's Chinon (where it's called Breton) and southwest France (where it's called Bouchy). Romania, Hungary, the Balkans, and the Friuli region of north eastern Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Long Island, New York, southeast Napa Valley, California and Washington State all grow this wine.

My reviews of these best value Cabernet Franc wines are updated weekly. These Cabernet Franc wines offer great taste at a good price. You can also get my top rated Cabernet Franc wines with scores of 90 or higher points. You'll find a definition of Cabernet Franc at the bottom of this page as well as food pairings for Cabernet Franc in my wine matcher. This is just a sampling of my reviews, but you can get all of them when you join my wine community.

O. Fournier Urban Merlot Carignon Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc 2008
Maule Valley, Chile
Aromas of dark plums and blackberry and dark cherry marmalade. Full-bodied and eminently quaffable. Great acidity for food. Aged 3 months in oak barrels. A blend of 45% Merlot, 25% Carignan, 20% Cabernet France and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Alcohol: 14%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Price: $14.00 Score: 89/100

This Merlot Carignon Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc was reviewed June 12, 2009 by Natalie MacLean

 

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards Tinhorn Creek & Diamondback Cabernet Franc 2007
South Okanagan Valley, Bc Vqa, Canada
Terrific aromas of blackberry, sage, cloves, dried herbs, red currant and pomegranate. The wine was aged in two and four-year-old American oak barrels. Don't think of Cab Franc as the poor cousin to Cab Sauvignon: this wine proved different! Alcohol: 14.6%  Sweetness: Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2009‐2016  Price: $17.99 Score: 88/100

This Cabernet Franc was reviewed July 24, 2010 by Natalie MacLean

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Featherstone Winery & Vineyard Featherstone Cabernet Franc 2008
Niagara Escarpment, Canada
Mocha-rich yet not heavy. Medium-bodied and mouth-watering. This wine shows that Cabernet France can be very well made in Niagara and without a trace of bell pepper. Terrific! Alcohol: 12.5%  Sweetness: Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2010‐2015  Price: $16.95 Score: 88/100

This Cabernet Franc was reviewed April 26, 2010 by Natalie MacLean

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Seven Daughters Syrah Merlot Zinfandel Carignane Sangiovese Cabernet Franc Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
United States
A tasty sipper with full-bodied black fruit and toasty oak. Great for casual get-togethers, barbecues and potluck dinners. Syrah Merlot Zinfandel Carignane Sangiovese Cabernet Franc Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: tomato-sauce dishes and pasta, steak, ribs, meat casserole. Alcohol: 14%  Sweetness: Dry  750 ml  Price: $14.99 Score: 87/100

This Syrah Merlot Zinfandel Carignane Sangiovese Cabernet Franc Cabernet Sauvignon was reviewed May 7, 2009 by Natalie MacLean

 

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2010
Vqa, Okanagan Valley, Bc, Canada
A full-bodied, balanced red with attractive aromas of mocha and tart blackberries on the nose. Lots of richness on the palate, yet it's not heavy. This is a terrific wine for many meat dishes, from game to prime rib or grilled pork chops. Cabernet Franc food pairings: grilled portabella mushrooms, bison tenderloin, or a meaty lasagne, charcuterie. Alcohol: 14.6%  Sweetness: Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2012‐2015  Best Beef Wine  Price: $19.99 Score: 88/100

This Cabernet Franc was reviewed January 3, 2013 by Natalie MacLean

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Cabernet Franc is rarely bottled as a stand-alone varietal. This medium-bodied, ruby red wine has the signature aromas of Cabernet Franc which tend to be herbaceous or vegetative, like green bell peppers or stems, especially when the grape hasn't ripened sufficiently or is over-cropped. Other notes include allspice, dark plums, violets, raspberry, black cherry, red currant, vanilla, coconut, smoke, toast, tar, mushroom, earth, cedar and cigar box.

Pair Cabernet Franc wines with goat cheese, chicken, duck, Asian-styled noodles, game birds, cheese pizza, mint sauce, choucroute garnie, Mexican dishes and turkey (dark meat).