Wishing you some of the best tasting Cabernet Franc today! Two quotes and a great short story will give you some background on this varietal, called by me “the seductress of wines”.
“I’m not a huge enthusiast of the sexual stereotyping of wines but even I can see that Cabernet Franc might be described as the feminine side of Cabernet Sauvignon. It is subtly fragrant and gently flirtatious rather than massively muscular and tough in youth. Because Cabernet Sauvignon has so much more of everything – body, tannin, alcohol, colour – it is often supposed to be necessarily superior, but I have a very soft spot indeed for its more charming and more aromatic relative, Cabernet Franc.” — Jancis Robinson
“In addition to the 100% versions I make for my Steven Kent Winery brand, Cab Franc is an indispensable part of the blend of my flagship brand. A natural blending partner in Bordeaux, in my wine Cabernet Franc is the id…(hopefully) relentlessly and lubriciously driving flavors and aroma and structure forward to a very long conclusion” — Steven Kent Mirassou
Lori Budd, co-founder of International Cab Franc Day (Dec 4th), wrote a compelling and romantic story of Cabernet Franc. You can read about the love affair between Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc and their offspring Cabernet Sauvignon at: https://dracaenawines.com/happy-cabfrancday-2019/
Today marks the inaugural Cabernet Franc Wine Competition for California Cab Franc’s in Copper Valley, Copperopolis, California. Next year it will be open to all 50 states. The results will be forthcoming on Thursday and Friday. In the interim, enjoy your glass or bottle of Cabernet Franc!