Happy Cabernet Franc Day!

Let me be franc...you should definitely be celebrating Cabernet Franc Day today. If you're not, hurry up and join the party! The best way to celebrate is to pick up a bottle. We've rounded up a few picks from fellow Delectable users. Whether it is 100% Cab Franc or a blend, there are many ways to celebrate and enjoy this French grape variety! Check out these Cab Franc facts from the Vinous Grape Guide: What: Intensely aromatic, lifted and nuanced, Cabernet Franc is also capable of delivering super flavor intensity and structure. Usually rich, deep and structured, lighter in the Loire. Where: Tuscan Coast, Bordeaux Right Bank, Napa Valley, Loire

Painted Rock

Unfiltered Okanagan Valley Cabernet Franc 2016

2016 Cabernet Franc from BC aged in French oak for 18 months. First time trying this, and had no expectations. Front loaded black liquorice, very herbaceous, bell pepper, hints of clove, musky tobacco and mushrooms. Well balanced acidity. Quite happy with this find — 2 years ago

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Shawn Thompson

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@Michael Bleszynski Excellent review. Love Canadian Cab Francs. I’ve added this one to my wishlist.
Michael B

Michael B

@Shawn Thompson thank you, hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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@Michael Bleszynski Michael Wonderful review and Okanagan Cheers 🍷

Domaine Bernard Baudry

Les Grézeaux Chinon Cabernet Franc 2010

Lyle Fass

No formal notes but really one of the best Grezeaux. Beautiful balance and freshness. Such purity. Velvety. Outrageous nose. — 2 years ago

Severn, Andrew and 10 others liked this

Olga Raffault

Les Picasses Chinon Cabernet Franc 1985

Olga never misses...@Scott DeBenedett called this blind, impressive considering we were like 10+ bottles deep at that point — 2 years ago

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Ca' Marcanda Camarcanda Bolgheri Red Bordeaux Blend 2015

Angelo Gaja, owner of Gaja Winery, began a new venture - Ca'Marcanda, Piedmontese term for “house of endless negotiations”-Blend of 50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon & 10% Cabernet Franc, not blended with this mix again. A rich Gaja style wine. Aromas of fruit and earthy spice. On the palate blackberry and cherry flavors with cacao, tobacco and oak notes. Full body, fine tannins, lingering, elegant balance and structure, ending with sweet earthy mineral. Tasting Sample. — 2 years ago

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Wm. Harrison Vineyards & Winery (William Harrison)

Simpatico Rutherford Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc 2013

Shay A

After a bit of a hiatus from drinking wine once last weekend’s WNH event ended, it’s time to get back to it! @Mark Flesher gifted this to me as he’s a big WH fan, and after trying many of their wines, I am too.

This is meant to be an easy drinking, easily pair-able wine. Mission accomplished. Dusty raspberries and ripe, fresh squeezed blackberries on the nose. Medium bodied. Very little tannic bite, with accompanying acidity, implying this is indeed meant to be enjoyed young. Red and black fruit dominant on the palate with currant, tobacco, and typical Rutherford “dust”. There is a fairly pronounced herbal spice toward the back and finish...sage and black pepper, maybe? Great QPR here.
— 2 years ago

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Anna Sangiacomo

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Love the name @Shay A
Shay A

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@Anna Sangiacomo : It epitomizes the wine perfectly!
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I like their wines a lot

Gramercy Cellars

Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Franc 2013

Tomato vine, smoke, and red fruit nose. Wonderful savory cherry and saline flavors. When a terrific WA Rhône producer makes a cab franc, you can expect wonderful Rhône- like savoriness. — a year ago

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Arraigo Benegas

Old Vines Mendoza Cabernet Franc 2010

Dark ruby in color with a short reddish rim.

Fruity nose with black currants, plums, vanilla, oak, spices, licorice, coffee, cloves, chocolates, earth, peppercorn, light vegetables and light vinaigrette.

Full bodied than bold with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, red currants, raspberries, vegetables, vanilla, licorice, oak, wet leaves, bell pepper, bitter herbs, pencil lead, earth, leather, dark roast coffee and peppercorn.

Medium plus on the finish with big tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a very nice Cabernet Franc from Mendoza. Earthy and not fully balanced with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel. Still showing big tannins and a grippy mouthfeel. Feels very much like a powerful right Bank Bordeaux.

A good food wine that will pair nicely with BBQ Meats.

This 8 year old still needs 2 hours to open up properly. Fruity right out of the bottle.

Would be better in a few years as it softens up.

100% Cabernet Franc Old Vine grapes were aged in French oak barrels for 18 months.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

— 2 years ago

Casey, Matt and 20 others liked this

Dyer Vineyard

Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Franc 2014

Thanksgiving wine number 6. Very much a split decision for the group for wine of the night. Half of people thought it was the 2006 Dyer Cab edging this one out, where the other half believed that this one edged the 2006. My personal observation is that this wine definitely had a sweeter and more youthful and concentrated fruit profile upfront as one would expect, yet lacked the complexity that the 2006 displayed. This wine displayed a lot of dried herb, floral jasmine, raspberry and black cherry throughout. The tannins on the wine are massive, very stiff. In five years, this one could probably easily outdo the 2006 Cabernet. Alas my willpower is total crap to keep any of these CF's around longer than a couple of years so I can only postulate. All I know is that you need to try to keep your hands off of these for a while if possible. If not, you still have yourself a darn good bottle of wine! — 2 years ago

Shay, Kirk and 29 others liked this
Severn Goodwin

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Great CF!
Mark Flesher

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Agreed @Severn Goodwin. I know the bones are there for development but I just can't keep my hands off them when I get them!

Pride Mountain Vineyards

Sonoma County Cabernet Franc 2013

Pride is a winery I always enjoy. This was delicious. Closer to fine — 2 years ago

Trixie, Shay and 11 others liked this