What is Cabernet Franc?
Cabernet Franc (also referred to as Cab Franc here) comes from a black grape variety that does well in cooler climates with rain. It has its origin in Bordeaux, France, and is one of the parents of Cabernet Sauvignon (Sauvignon Blanc is the other parent). It has a thinner skin, as well less color and acidity than Cabernet Sauvignon. The grape usually results in a dry wine with a medium body that is best consumed young. Outside of France, significant production is seen in Spain, Northeast Italy, Australia, Chile, South Africa, Canada, California, and Washington state.
Style of Cabernet Franc
There are many 100% Cabernet Franc wines (usually French and Italian); however, it is often blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot (which is known as the Bordeaux style). Cab Franc is the primary ingredient in used in one of Bordeaux’s finest wines (Cheval Blanc), and is also included in a 50/50 blend of Auson and Lafleur wines. In the United States and Canada, it is also used to produce ice wine.
Aromas & Flavors
Cab Franc has aromas like cherry, raspberry, plum, currants, vanilla, currant, violets, oak, smoke, and earth. The flavor profile includes raspberry, blueberry, plum, and pepper.
Greek or Middle Eastern food will pair well with Cab Franc. Also consider herb accented foods (rosemary rubbed meats), as well as fresh pasta and risotto. Gouda and Goat Cheese are also good pairing choices.
ABV & Calorie Count
The alcohol by volume (ABV) content is usually in the 12% to 14.5% range, and the calorie count is around 126 for a 5 ounce glass.