Cabernet Franc Reviews- February 2022

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Wine Country International Magazine’s column Grape Expectations focuses on a different grape in every issue.
Cabernet Franc is truly a global grape. In late December, 2021, our editors tasted and reviewed the wines below for inclusion in the Grape Expectations feature. All wines are available in the United States.
The author ( Elizabeth Woessner ) joined Wine Country International Co-Founders Christopher and Darcy Davies for a tasting of 25 Cabernet Franc wines from around the world at their office in Broomfield, Colorado.
Brash Higgins 2020 Sommerville Vineyard FRNC Cabernet Franc

Brash Higgins, 2020 Sommerville Vineyard FRNC Cabernet Franc,
McLaren Vale,South Australia,
$27.99, 88pts
Sour raspberry with floral notes. Hints of caramel, vanilla and baked red fruit. Long finish with great acidity.

Brecon Estate, Paso Robles 2019 Cabernet Franc Reserve

Brecon Estate, Paso Robles, 2019 Cabernet Franc Reserve, Paso Robles, CA,
$80, 85pts
Sour red currants and peppercorns. Juicy baked red fruit with vanilla and clove. Balanced.

Chateau Niagara Winery 2018 Cabernet Franc

Chateau Niagara Winery, 2018 Cabernet Franc,
Niagara, NY,

$29, 88pts
Strawberry Jolly Rancher ®. Ripe cherry pie filing with a touch of pepper and cocoa powder.

Cooper-Garrod Estate Vineyards 2017 Cabernet Franc

Cooper-Garrod Estate Vineyards, 2017 Cabernet Franc,
Santa Cruz Mountains, CA,
$45, 85pts
Dark black fruit, cinnamon, and pink peppercorn. Baked cherry, green pepper, and baking spices. Well balanced.



Creekside Cellars, 2017 Cabernet Franc Reserve,
Grand Valley, Colorado,
$45, 85pts
Red currants, cassis, and full blooming flowers. Ripe plums, pink peppercorns, and roasted red pepper

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Domaine De La Noblaie Chinon, 2018 Rouge Les Cheins\ Cabernet Franc,
Chinon, France,
$24.99, 93pts
Ripe black plums and vanilla cocoa powder. Ripe plums, green peppers, and baking spice. Long finish with integrated tannins and acidity.

Domaine Lar_Laroque_2019 Cab_frank

Domaine Laroque, 2019 Cite des Carcassone Cabernet Franc,
Languedoc, France,
$12.99, 90pts
Ripe plum, rose petal with ripe black currant. Dark fruit, tomato leaf, and chalk. Great tannin structure, made to pair well with food!

Dr Konstatin Frank 2019 Cabernet Franc

Dr Konstantin Frank, 2019 Cabernet Franc,
Finger Lakes, NY,
$24.99, 87pts
Super bright red fruit, dark cherry, flower petals, and cassis. Well-balanced with lingering finish.


Dreyfus Ashby 2020 IQUE Cabernet Franc from Enrique Foster

Dreyfus Ashby/ IQUE, 2020 IQUE Cabernet Franc from Enrique Foster,
Mendoza, Argentina,
$12, 93pts
Super ripe dark plums with vanilla, and white chocolate. Chocolate, white plums, leather, and tobacco.

Familia Traversa_2019

Familia Traversa, 2019 Cabernet Franc,
$13.99, 80pts
Earthy, green pepper with tomato leaf. Red plum, earth, and dry gravel. Long tannic finish.

HB Wine Merchants 2019 Cave Spring Cabernet Franc

HB Wine Merchants/ Cave Spring, 2019 Cave Spring Cabernet Franc,
Niagara Escarpment, Canada,
$20, 85pts
Peppercorns, black fruit, earth, and wet gravel. Juicy red fruit, milky, red pepper flakes with jalapeno. Great acidity, good food wine.

Jefferson Vineyards 2019 Cabernet Franc

Jefferson Vineyards, 2019 Cabernet Franc,
Monticello, VA,
$39.95, 84pts
Ripe strawberry, black pepper, candied purple plums, pink peppercorns, and mocha. Fruit forward with a savory finish.


efferson Vineyards 2017 Cabernet Franc

Jefferson Vineyards, 2017 Cabernet Franc,
Monticello, VA,
$46.95, 88pts
Ripe cherries, strawberry, and black pepper. Vanilla, cloves, ripe plums, earth, and leather. Lengthy finish.

Leah Jorgenson Cellars 2020 Cabernet Franc

Leah Jorgenson Cellars, 2020 Cabernet Franc,
Southern Oregon,
$25, 85pts
Aromas of bright cherry, blossom, and vanilla. Tastes of leather, smooth tobacco, and roasted pepper.

Leah Jorgenson Cellars 2019 Blanc De

Leah Jorgenson Cellars, 2019 “Blanc De Cabernet Franc” Mae's Vineyard,
Southern Oregon,
$30, 85pts
Aromas of rose petals, jasmine, and lemon confit. Tastes of dried oregano, lime, cinnamon, and citrus.

Leah Jorgenson Cellars 2016 Clos Rogue Valley

Leah Jorgenson Cellars, 2016 Clos Rogue Valley Reserve Cabernet Franc,
Southern Oregon,
$50, 95pts
Aromas of rose petals, black cherry, and raspberry. Tastes of black currant, baking spice, black pepper, and baked cherry. Long finish with well-integrated tannins.
Editor’s Choice.


Permund Cellars, Virginia 2019 Cabernet Franc

Permund Cellars, 2019 Cabernet Franc,
$29, 85pts
Red cherry, floral notes with rose petals. Tastes of tart, juicy, Bing cherries. Lengthy finish.

Permund Cellars, Virginia 2017 Cabernet Franc

Permund Cellars, 2017 Cabernet Franc,
$39, 80pts
Dark ruby red cherry, floral, rose petals. Tastes of dark, spicy fruit, with leather and peppercorns. Well balanced tannins.

Philip Carter Winery 2020 Cabernet Franc

Philip Carter Winery, 2020 Cabernet Franc,
Fauquier County, Virginia,
$34, 85pts
Deep ruby color. Sweet vanilla, cherries, currants, and rose petals. Touch of cinnamon, baking spice and offset, ripe cherry pie fruit. Well balanced with a long finish.

Pollak Vineyards 2017 Cabernet Franc Reserve

Pollak Vineyards, 2017 Cabernet Franc Reserve,
Monticello, VA,
$75, 85pts
Dark ruby color. Aromas of ripe cherry, raspberry, blossom, green pepper with a hint of bitterness. Super ripe fruit, touch of black pepper, and cocoa powder.


Russiz Superiore 2017 Cabernet Franc Collio Gorizano

Russiz Superiore, 2017 Cabernet Franc Collio Gorizano,
Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy,
$31.99, 85pts
Dark ruby red color. Strawberry, intense cherry, and rose petals. Juicy, bright red cherries, spice with dry oregano. Long finish.


Spangler Vineyards, 2017 Cabernet Franc,
Southern Oregon,
$32, 85pts
Inky dark purple. Dark chocolate, leather, and mocha spice. Ripe dark berries, oak, chocolate with a touch of leather.


Spangler Vineyards, 2018 Cabernet Franc,
Southern Oregon,
$32, 88pts
Dark ruby color. Baked red plums, vanilla, and black cherry with blossoms. Tastes of dark red fruit, baking spice, dark chocolate. Mouthwatering tannins.

Suhru Wines, North Fork Long Island 2019 Cabernet Franc

Suhru Wines, 2019 Cabernet Franc,
North Fork of Long Island, NY,
$30, 87pts
Dark garnet color. Bright red fruit, red cherries, and under-ripe plum. Juicy berries, green pepper, earthy. Well integrated tannins.


Vintage Wine Estates Cosentino 2019 THE Franc

Vintage Wine Estates/ Cosentino Winery, 2019 Cosentino THE Franc,
Lodi, CA,
$22, 90pts

Bold maroon hues. Bright ripe strawberries, juicy fruit, vanilla, hint of pepper. Ripe plums, chocolate, mocha, and a touch of leather. Long finish.