Cabernet Franc: It’s Not Just For Blending Anymore
One of the reasons why Cabernet Franc is so interesting is because of its historical significance. It’s one of the most important varieties in France, particularly in Bordeaux, and the Loire Valley, where Cabernet Franc reigns supreme. The grape is often used for Bordeaux blends, but it shows exceptionally well bottled as a single varietal–which is why it’s time to celebrate Cabernet Franc’s diversity around the world. The grape is wondrous in so many places, from France, and Italy, to the United States, Hungary, Canada, Argentina, Chile, Bulgaria, South Africa, Spain, Slovenia, Croatia, New Zealand, and China, and of course, right here in Oregon.
So if you’re looking to sample some of the top producers around the world, I’ve listed some favorites recently tasted. Each showcase a sense of place, and uniqueness that each location brings to the table.
Recommended Cabernet Franc Producers:
2015 DARE® by Viader Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley, California
This is a silky yet weighty Cabernet Franc with layers of violets, red fruits, currant and plum notes, balanced by vegetal flavors of tomato, and green pepper. It finishes strong, with spice, black pepper, and cedar notes. Sold exclusively at the winery.