Great Northwest Wine
May 28, 2017

Cabernet Franc is often thought of as sort of a little brother to king Cabernet Sauvignon. Where one is planted, you’ll typically find the other. It’s this way in its native Bordeaux, and it’s this way in Washington state.

One reason for this is because Cabernet Franc typically has gentler tannins, so blending it with Cab can make a wine smoother. In Washington, Cab Franc has the added benefit of being winter hardy, so it can handle the Columbia Valley’s occasional harsh winters better than, say, the more tender Merlot.

We are seeing a lot more Cabernet Franc being bottled as a stand-alone wine, something that we find delightful because the resulting wines are often complex and delicious, revealing classic notes of plum, blackberry and fresh herbs.

In Washington, it remains a minor grape, as just 4,300 tons out of more than 250,000 harvested last fall were Cabernet Franc>>>Read the entire article on Great Northwest Wine

[photo: Charlie Auclair of Auclair Winery in Woodinville, Wash., checks the status of Cabernet Franc grapes at Artz Vineyard on Red Mountain. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine]