Cabernet Franc reveals greatness in Northwest

By on December 6, 2015
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Harvest came Sept. 9 for 2015 vintage Cabernet Sauvignon in Union Gap Vineyard at Owen Roe in Wapato, Wash.

Beautiful Cabernet Franc grapes are harvested in September from Washington’s Rattlesnake Hills near Zillah. (Photo by Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine)

Cabernet Sauvignon is the king of wines, as they say. But its sibling (actually one of its parents) Cabernet Franc is revealing itself to be a delicious red wine on its own – particularly in the Pacific Northwest.

Cabernet Franc provides a lot of the same qualities as Cabernet Sauvignon: focused dark fruit, cocoa powder and spices. It also reveals complex notes of fresh and dried herbs. But Cab Franc also tends to have more tamed – even succulent – tannins, giving it more youthful approachability.

Here are 10 delicious Cabernet Francs from Washington and Oregon that we’ve tasted recently.

About Great Northwest Wine

Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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