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Cabernet Franc (Italy)

Cabernet Franc is mainly a blendig grape, but can it also be vinified alone.

Typical Flavors


Strawberry
Strawberry
Raspberry
Raspberry
Black Cherry
Black
Cherry
Blueberry
Blueberry

Jalapeno
Jalapeno
Herbs
Herbs
Violets
Violets
Pepper
Pepper

Oak Added Flavors:

Mushroom
Mushroom
Coffee
Coffee
Tobacco
Tobacco
Barrel
Barrel

Red and Black Berries, and Pyrazine (Jalapeno) are typical Cabernet Franc flavors.

Hints of Perfume (Violets), Herbs, Spices, and Gravel or Graphite.

Oak added Flavors: Balsamic. Earth. Mushroom. Coffee. Tobacco.

Profile

Cabernet Franc has fine fruit and a dry, fresh, and slightly acidic style:

BODYMedium
TANNINSMedium
FRUITMedium
ACIDITYMedium - High
Serving temperature:
14-15°C (57-59°F)

Food Pairing


Antipasti
Antipasti
Olive Oil
Olive Oil
Vinegar
Vinegar
Soup
Soups

Soup
Soups
Pasta
Pasta
Mushroom
Mushroom
Pizza
Pizza

Chicken
Chicken
Pork
Pork
Lamb
Lamb
Veal
Veal

Cabernet Franc is a very versatile food wine.

It pairs perfectly with rich Stews, Cassoulets and Marinated Asian (Not Spicy).

Cabernet Franc also loves BBQ and Grilled Meat (Beef. Veal. Pork. Chicken. Game).

In addition, the acidic style pairs well with Vinegar and Tomato-based Dishes.

Pairing Suggestions

Excellent Pairing:
Rich Pasta. Ravioli.
Lasagna. Spaghetti Meatballs.
Fried or Grilled Mushrooms.
Soups. Casseroles.
Stews. Beef Stew. Veal.
Roasted Chicken, Pork, or Lamb.
BBQ. Grilled Beef.

Cheese:
Soft Cheese. Goat. Camembert. Feta. Fontina.

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The Ideal Glass

The Burgundy glass is perfect for a light and fruity red wine.

The glass is broader than other red wine glasses.

The larger bowl has the function of accumulating the aromas of delicate red wines. It also allows a proper swirling, channeling the aromas upwards.

In addition, the style of the glass directs the wine to the tip of your tongue for a better reception of the tastes.

Cabernet Franc in Italy

Northern Italy grows Cabernet Franc with the same characteristics as in the French Loire Valley: A little green peppers and a juicy berry-like fruit with a dry and slightly firm aftertaste.

In Tuscany it is often mixed with Cabernet Sauvignon.

World Famous Grapes

Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Franc is a typical blending grape.

Cabernet Franc in Europe

France

The most typical Cabernet Franc wines comes from the Loire Valley.

In Bordeaux, Cabernet Franc is used in blends with Cabernet Sauvignon (Left Bank) and Merlot (Right Bank) to make the famous Bordeaux wines.

Italy

Northern Italy grows a lot of Cabernet Franc with the same characteristics as in the French Loire Valley.

Spain

In Spain, Cabernet Franc is mainly found in Catalonia, where it is a variety in four Denominaciones de Origen.

Other Regions

Outside France, Italy, and Spain, Cabernet France is found in Hungary, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Croatia, and in Greece (known as Tsapournakos).

New World Cabernet Franc

USA

In the USA, Cabernet Franc has shown a great potential in cooler areas.

Argentina

Cabernet Franc is producing top quality wines in Argentina.

Other Regions

Cabernet Franc is also planted in Chile, Australia, New Zealand, and China.

About Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Franc is the father of Cabernet Sauvignon after beeing crossed with Sauvignon Blanc.

Even if Cabernet Franc is related to Cabernet Sauvignon it does not have the same qualities. Cabernet Franc is lighter, more fruity, less tannin rich, and matures earlier.

Cabernet Franc creates wines with great berry-like fruit aromas, characterized by raspberries and violets, as well as a spicy touch of green pepper.

Cabernet Franc wines may lack some fullness, but they have a great aroma. Cabernet Franc is often mixed with Merlot or big brother Cabernet Sauvignon, both of which give more fullness to the Cabernet Franc.

DNA

Cabernet Franc originated in Spanish Basque Country from 2 local grapes: Morenoa and Hondarribi Beltza.

It’s known as "Bouchet" in Saint-Émilion, "Bouchy" in the Pyrenées, "Breton" in the Loire Valley and Alcheria (Fox) in the Basque Country.

Cabernet Franc is the proud father of Cabernet Sauvignon (After beeing crossed with Sauvignon Blanc).

Even if Cabernet Franc is related to Cabernet Sauvignon it does not have the same qualities. Cabernet Franc is lighter, more fruity, less tannin rich, and matures earlier.

Terroir

Cabernet Franc is a worl-wide grape because it adapts to different terroirs, often the same terroirs as Cabernet Sauvignon.

Cabernet Franc loves sand, gravel, limestone, and clay.

The better performance in the world is in Saint-Émilion (Bordeaux), in the Loire Valley and in Italy (Tuscany and Friuli).

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