Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Franc

Another major grape varietal, yet not as well known.  Prominent in Bordeaux and Bordeaux styled blends, it is also grown on its own throughout the world with Loire Valley being the most prominent.  It is believed that genetically, Cab Franc is the parent of Cabernet Sauvignon.  The other parent is Sauvignon Blanc.

Cabernet Franc is lighter than Cabernet Sauvignon.  A lighter pale colored wine, it’s aromas typically have peppery and perfumed notes.  Other aromas evident depending on where they are grown would be tobacco, cassis, raspberry and violets.

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