Cabernet Franc is a black-skinned French wine grape variety grown in most wine producing nations. The variety is most famously known as the third grape of Bordeaux and can be found in many of the worlds top Bordeaux Blend wines. Cabernet Franc most commonly appears in blended red wines, where it adds herbaceous accents of tobacco and dark spice.
As a varietal wine, Cabernet Franc is light to medium bodied and often shows a peppery perfume.
Additional aromas can include tobacco, raspberry, bell pepper, cassis, and
Cabernet Franc is commonly compared to Cabernet Sauvignon, which is not
without justification; the Cabernet Sauvignon variety is the result of a
cross between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc. (Recent DNA profiling
has also shown that Cabernet Franc is also one of Merlots parents). Cabernet Franc Grapes
in the vineyard, Cabernet Franc ripens at least a week earlier than
Cabernet Sauvignon. While it has thinner skin and lower acidity, it is
also known for its hardiness and often grown as an insurance grape.