As one of the most ancient and important varieties in the Bordeaux family, Cabernet Franc often fades in the limelight of its offspring, Cabernet Sauvignon. In comparison Cabernet Franc is often lighter, less intense and more aromatic.
It is often tasted together with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot as, the Bordeaux blend, a mix that is said to utilize the grape’s attractiveness. When going solo, Cabernet Franc produce tasty wines in cool and challenging areas, such as Washington (US) and Long Island (New Zealand).
The Italian version, mostly grown in Tuscany and up north, generates references to ripe, rich and sophisticated wines. You can feel the earth and the soil, which also is the essence of tasting the same grapes grown different places – a sense of its terroir.
In the warm valleys like Anjou in Loire, the ripening gives the wine a more silky touch.
Origin: Bordeaux, France