CABERNET FRANC [kah-behr-neh Frah]
Cabernet Franc runs the gamut, from playing a pedigreed role in luxurious blends from Bordeaux’s right bank, to making crispety-crunchety pure energy wines in Anjou and Samur in the Loire Valley. Even within the Loire, Franc shows a wide range: big and burly Chinons to many brighter examples. Regardless, it truly has a distinctive flavor profile from this benchmark region – there is no disguising the savory and downright vegetal nature of the wines.
Many California winemakers are finally looking past the bigger Bordeaux blend-style and to the Loire for inspiration, seeking cool climate sites and picking Franc a little earlier for that edgy veggie brilliance. Franc is also equally enjoyable as an age-worthy and savory serious wine, spicy-crunchy and light bodied, just how we like it.