Cabernet Franc builds upon following as ‘third Bordeaux’

By on May 15, 2016
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Cabernet Franc glasses are lined up before being presented to the judges at the fourth annual Cascadia Wine Competition. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine)

It’s known as “the third Bordeaux” variety, and it’s starting to gain more respect in the Pacific Northwest.

Cabernet Franc is Washington’s No. 4 red wine grape (after Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah), and dozens are being produced as standalone varietal wines.

Traditionally, the six Bordeaux reds (Cab, Merlot, Cab Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Carménère) are blended together. Even in the New World, Cabernet Sauvignon has been the primary grape, with the others serving as little more than backup singers.

But thankfully, Cabernet Franc is taking center stage more often. At this spring’s Cascadia Wine Competition, nearly 40 Cabernet Francs were entered.

Here are nine delicious Cab Francs 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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