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Cabernet Franc is a favourite red wine throughout the world and it is for the most part used for blending with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in the Bordeaux style. It is enjoyed without being blended and in Canada and the United States it is also used to make ice wine.
It is lighter than Cabernet Sauvignon making a bright pale red wine. Depending on growing region and style of wine, additional aromas can include tobacco, raspberry, and cassis, sometimes even violets.
Cabarnet buds and ripens early but this allows the grapes to thrive in slightly cooler temperatures and climates. It can adapt to a wide variety of vineyard soil types but seems to thrive in sandy, chalk soils, producing heavier, more full bodied wines there.
In the Loire Valley, terroir based differences can be perceived between wines made from grapes grown in gravel terraces versus tuffeau slopes. The grape is highly yield sensitive, with over-cropping producing wines with more green, vegetal notes.
Regions where the wine is found:
In France, it is found predominately in the Loire Valley and in the Libournais region of Bordeaux. In the Loire Valley, Cabernet is widely planted in the Anjou, Bourgueil, Chinon, and Saumur-Champigny regions.
In Italy By 2000 there were over 17,300 acres (7000 ha) of the wine in Italy. It is mostly planted in the far northeast of Italy, particularly in Friuli, but it is also found in the wines of the Veneto (where is known as Bordo), as part of some Chianti blends, even as far south as Puglia.
Outside of France and Italy, sizable plantings of Cabernet Franc is found in Hungary, Spain, Slovenia and Kosovo. In all the Hungarian wine regions producing reds, especially in Villány and Szekszárd, the grape is used in Bordeaux-style blends and is also bottled as a varietal wine.
This variety of grape is not very common in Spain and is to be found mainly in Catalonia
In Canada, being planted in Ontario's Niagara Peninsula, Prince Edward County, the north shore of Lake Erie, Pelee Island, and the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia. While it is most often used in blends, it is gaining some popularity as a single varietal and as icewine.
In the USA Cabernet Franc was a popular grape in many areas such as Virginia, California, New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Washington State.
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