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Cabernet Franc Wine Varietal Definition

Cabernet Franc grapes

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.

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(Updated: 11/19/12 JLD)

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