The Cabernet Franc
Slowly and unstoppably, Cabernet Franc is gaining ground also in Italy and now it is even possible to find single-grape wines that stand up well to those made abroad.
Cabernet Franc is one of the so-called ‘international’ or French varietals. It originated in the region of Bordeaux, where it is particularly used in the area of Saint-Emilion and in a number of enclaves in the Loire with extraordinary results. Still today it is wrongly viewed as the poor young brother of Cabernet Sauvignon but in Italy, especially in the northeast, it is having a success not found in other regions.
In Friuli and Veneto it is the only Cabernet used while in Trentino and, in particular Alto Adige, it is used with Cabernet Sauvignon.
However, the varietal is also having excellent results in Tuscany where, above all on the coast and not only in Bolgheri, it is having success both as a single-grape wine and blended, more often than not with other typical Bordeaux varieties. In the region of Lazio it has made surprising inroads and has begun to produce interesting results, usually when it is not blended.
This varietal produces excellent reds that have a propensity to age long. Its unmistakable grassy aromas recall green pepper and a range of red fruit, from blueberry to currant.
We have selected the best Italian wines that are 100% Cabernet Franc. They are from Tuscany, Bolgheri and surrounding areas, with an excursion into Lazio. As you can see these are not available at bargain prices and you must dig deep into your pockets. The pleasure from tasting them, however, is guarantee.