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Cabernet Franc a gentler version of Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Franc often is viewed as a kinder, gentler version of Cabernet Sauvignon, kind of like its little brother.
More correctly, it’s more of a father figure. DNA testing in 1997 showed that Cabernet Sauvignon is a cross between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc.
Cabernet Franc is most famous in France’s Bordeaux region, where it is one of six grapes used in blends. Cabernet Franc often is blended with Merlot to create “Right Bank” style Bordeaux blends.
In Washington, Cabernet Franc is coming into its own as a stand-alone grape variety. Here are a dozen delicious examples we’ve tasted recently. Ask for them at your favorite wine merchant or contact the wineries directly.