Though scientists have shown Cabernet Franc to be a parent (with Sauvignon Blanc) to the mighty Cabernet Sauvignon, this red variety tends to languish in the background as a blending grape.
Cab Franc, as it’s known, is one of the five major grapes of France’s Bordeaux region, and it’s found solid footing in the Pacific Northwest, primarily in Washington and British Columbia. Its winter-hardiness made it an early favorite, and now it’s finding a fan following among consumers. Wineries that take great care with the variety in the vineyard and the cellar can indeed craft delicious wine. It tends to enjoy the aromas and flavors of Cabernet Sauvignon with fewer of the drying tannins.