Cabernet Franc is one the five varietals that account for
the stellar reputation of red Bordeaux. A cousin to the more
well known Cabernet Sauvignon, this grape is normally used
in minute quantities, blended with both Merlot and Cabernet
Sauvignon to create a sum that is greater than its parts.
While American vintners also use the grape as a blending component,
many have found a modicum of success with bottlings of 100
percent Cabernet Franc. The latter tend to show dark berry/cherry
flavors with a certain chalkiness.