(Cabernet Franc pronunciation: Ca-burr-NAY FRONCK)
Cabernet Franc is a black skinned grape grown worldwide. Featured frequently in our 6 wine of the month clubs, it is often blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in the Bordeaux style. Originally grown in the Bordeaux region of France as far back as the 17th century, the grape does best in cool, inland climates. Outside of France, Cabernet Franc is also widely grown in Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Italy and Hungary as well as California and Washington.
Lighter than Cabernet Sauvignon, it adds a peppery perfume to blends and often contributes aromas of tobacco, cassis and raspberry. While Cabernet Franc is most often blended, in places like Canada it is gaining popularity as a single varietal and as an ice wine. In the USA most of the Cabernet Franc is grown in Napa and Sonoma counties. The other region of the country that has embraced the grape is Washington. There some vintners have even created a Cabernet Franc Rosé. The grape has done so well in Washington’s cool climate that it is now the fourth most widely planted grape in the state.
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