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Italian wine and grape guide : Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Franc is a red grape variety that originates in France and it is often used together with the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot to create what is called a "Bordeaux blend or cut", to indicate the typical grape blend used in Bordeaux wines.

In Italy, Cabernet Franc is widely found in the north east, mainly in Friuli Venezia Giulia where, due to its diffusion and tradition, it is considered a native grape and Veneto, and slightly less in Tuscany, where it is used in Supertuscan blends where it has, in recent years, seen its presence in Tuscany increased, particularly in the region of Bolgheri, where the grape is appreciated for adding elegance to their famous wines. The grape is also sporadically found in the south, from Apulia to Sicily.

Cabernet Franc, rarely bottled on its own, except in Friuli Venezia Giulia and recently Tuscany, has a very unique taste profile, producing wines with very hearty and grassy on the nose, with little tannins and a lively acidity and it is, either, a loved or hated red wine. In wine blends, the cabernet franc grape adds elegance.

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