Cabernet Franc

Aonair Wines

Estate Conn Valley Cabernet Franc 2014

Shay A

Not only does the winery have gorgeous views atop Conn Valley in Napa overlooking Lake Hennessy, the wines are delicious...but more importantly, the people are gracious and kind. Highly recommend visiting.

Though their other wines get more fanfare (mainly because there is more to go around), their CabFranc is always my favorite offering. At a whopping 2 barrels of production, getting access can be a bit tricky. For a cab franc, there is zero green pepper notes. Aromatically, it is a combo of rich, ripe red and black fruits all dipped in fondue chocolate, baking spices like cinnamon and clove with a woodsy note like sandalwood. While decadent in profile, there is plenty of acidity here to keep this from being too flabby. Notes of Christmas spice cake, red and black licorice, Black Forest cake shavings and a hint of herbs on the finish. Still quite youthful, this seems to just be entering a drink phase.
— 6 days ago

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Shay A

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@Bryan Kesting : Was a wine club member here for a quite a while. Solid across the board. Winemaker here also makes wine for Jack Winery in Atlas Peak and a few other small labels. They also do a cabernet, a mountain proprietary, Grenache and a white blend. Happy to send you a bottle of those or open one next time you’re down here.
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Sounds great, Shay. Looking forward to it..,thanks.
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Wholly long 📝 note


Monarch Mine Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2013

The most unusual Cab Franc I’ve come across. Pipe tobacco and pine needles. Really enjoyable, cerebral and a sure way to fuck up a blind tasting. — 3 days ago

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Domaine de la Haut Olive

Le Chêne Vert Chinon Cabernet Franc 2017

Physically Distanced 🚧 but Socially Close 🤗 Birthday Party 🥳 for one of our dear friends.
Notes may be light, scores will be honest. 💯🤪
— 5 days ago

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Knights Valley Cabernet Franc 2009

So, I’m of the opinion that Gerhard Reisacher’s sweet spot is Cabernet Franc. This 2009 isn’t quite as good as his 2007 - that is the best 100% cab franc I’ve ever had - but this is damn close. No trace of the bell pepper you typically get from people picking the fruit too early, this is a terrific wine with notes of something reminiscent of roasted chipotle pepper, black pepper, and currant. Medium-to-full bodied palate with a silky, mouthfilling feel leading to a lingering finish. This is nothing like a cab franc from The Loire - pure California - but a terrific wine nonetheless. Winemakers would do well to take lessons from Gerhart on how to handle this varietal. — 6 days ago

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Alfonso Soranzo (Monteforche)

'Lo Sfuso di Collina' Cabernet Franc

Rich perfume of spices and pomegranate. Specifically pomegranate. Beautiful bee pollen and mulling spices. No harshness. The fragrance of a rich and blossoming garden of roses.

Woah. Zippity zip. We got acidity, and it’s medium to high but with the natural carbonation and juice juice juice, it just works man.

It’s got sour framboise beer qualities, but of course the tannins and the cola like quality just sings.

Patting myself on the back for popping into Simply Wine in Financial District before a rooftop dinner party with some old friends.
— 12 days ago

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Field Recordings

Pet Nat Sparkling Paso Robles Cabernet Franc Rosé 2019

This is very interesting. Treat this like a sparkling and enjoy over a few days. At first it’s a little bright and has a metallic finish. Champagne stoppered and much better on day 2-4. This tastes bone dry, but with the bubbles your brain is expecting a little sweetness but it never comes! If you close your eyes and forget about the bubbles and smell this in the glass you’d guess a very good still rose from Provance. If you tasted this and forgot about the bubbles you’d guess the same as all those flavors and minerals are there. Enjoy a glass each day and see how this evolves and you’ll really see it shine. WF — 22 days ago

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Detert Family Vineyards

Oakville Cabernet Franc 2016

I’m a little tardy posting Fathers Day wines. We enjoyed all of these.

This is a baby. Needs time for sure but very tasty.
— 7 days ago

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Big fan of these.

Tenuta San Guido

Bolgheri Sassicaia Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc 2015

Mike R

Oh baby and I don’t mean maybe - winner winner chicken dinner - with the WNH gang on a Sunday night Italian IGT tasting via super Tuscan - this wine became commercially available wine in 1968 and since then it has risen quickly in fame - the 2015 as well as the 2016 are getting ridiculous scores from critics - like Bordeaux first growth scores - 97 plus from all - yes it a baby and as such I double decanted - i have more and I have much older vintages so this was my attempt to see what the hype was

Well the hype is real - patience is rewarded - 4 hour decant and every glass got better - in hour six this was incredible and went from a 9.5 to the 9.7 I gave it - 85% cab with 15% CF - reminds me of a great Bordeaux or great Napa blend like Continuum maybe a 2010 vintage as far as taste but leaves there and goes further - chiseled tannins integrated in a rich supple deep ruby color pushing red blue and black fruits elegantly- this could easily go another 30-40 years - and it will get better - in ten years this is 9.8 or higher - my face is broken from smiling so much!
— 3 days ago

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@Philip Deibel can’t wait to when we can do like old times and crack open some really fun and good wine brother
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Makes me want to crack open my ‘08 and ‘10. Great note.
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@Mike R absolutely Mike!

Domaine Bernard Baudry

Les Grézeaux Chinon Cabernet Franc 2009

Style bordelais. Beaucoup de classe. Bouche ample et complexe, avec des fruits noirs, du graphite, du cuir, du cèdre. Les tanins sont plutôt fondus. Bonne longueur. Beaucoup de plaisir avec cette bouteille. Aucune presse pour les autres qui dorment. — 2 days ago

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Domaine de l'Enchantoir

Le Pied à l'ètrier Puy Notre Dame Saumur Cabernet Franc 2017

Must have been a scorcher vintage cause don’t remember 14.5% alcohol. Still a go to summer red though. Fresh, balanced still, all red fruits with strong raspberry pull. Dense dark red appearance. Originally a Daniel Johnnes find, Skurnik importer. — 12 days ago

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