CABERNET FRANC – Varietal Overview

Cabernet Franc is one of the major red grape varieties worldwide. It can be produced as a single-varietal wine or as a blending grape along with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in the well-known Bordeaux Blend.

Cabernet Franc is known for its savory peppery, herbal, earthy flavors, medium-high acidity and mouthwatering taste. It is an ideal food pairing wine. Depending on the growing region and style of wine, additional aromas can include raspberries, herbs like mint, and violets. Decanting Cabernet Franc will help simmer its natural spiciness and make it softer and more rich.

Cabernet Franc plantings in Argentina have been producing top quality wines in recent years, and the varietal has been claimed as having the most potential in the country after Malbec. It is often made into red blends along with Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon, or as a 100% Cab Franc.

Until 1990 there were only 188 acres of Cabernet Franc planted in Argentina. Plantings bloomed starting in 2000, with 2300 acres planted by 2016.

The higher acidity in Cabernet Franc makes it possible to pair with with tomato-based dishes, vinegar-based sauces. Its vegetal characteristics make it the perfect complement to gamey meats such as lamb or duck. Its herbal profile is elevated when matched with the corresponding herbs in your dish.

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