According to Wikipedia, the Cabernet Franc grape originated the Libournais region of southwest France sometime in the 17th century, when Cardinal Richelieu transported cuttings of the vine to the Loire Valley. Cabernet Franc which is also know as Bouchet was found in Fronsac, Pomerol and St-Emilion, making quality wines.
Cabernet Franc is believed to be one of the parents of the Cabernet Sauvignon. Sauvignon Blanc, my favorite white grape is the other parent. I call Franc the Dad and Sauv Blanc the mom.. Who knows what gender they really are.
Cabernet Franc actually buds, ripens and is picked before the Cabernet Sauvignon and in most cases is used as a blending grape for Bordeaux and Bordeaux Style wines like Meritage. The Cab Franc is a hardy grape that does well in the cooler climates than the Cabernet. While Franc can adapt to pretty much any soil, sandy and chalky soils seem best for Franc, making him Big and Bold.
Cabernet Franc is in the top 20 most planted grape across the world and is the 4th most planted grape in Washington. The first Cab Franc grape in Washington was planted in 1970 by Washington State University in the Columbia Valley as an experiment. The Columbia Winery was the first to produce a Cabernet Franc wine in 1991 followed by Chateau Ste Michelle in 1992. The rest they say is history, because we know Washington has some Killer Big Bold Reds!
When I go to Festivals and even tasting rooms, I am in search of that Pinot Noir that is going to knock my socks off, Cabernet Franc to die for and a Sauvignon Blanc that is going to make me just say "ahhh"!
Now for some really crazy stuff. Yesterday when I was at WineUp on Williams, I came across a Blanc de Cabernet Franc. Yes, A white Cabernet Franc. The ONLY White Cabernet Franc made. Yep, that's right Leah Jorgensen Cellars produced the first white Cab Franc anywhere - aside from the Cremant de Loire bubbles that sometimes uses Cab Franc without or with (rose) skin contact.
So, yes, I purchased this Blanc de Cabernet Franc and am just salivating in anticipation of tasting this.. I am also a little scared, in a good way!
Since I live in Oregon and PInot Noir is King... I would also welcome some Cabernet Francs! I know, I may have to go to the Up and Coming Southern Oregon Wines, since they have a totally different climate that allow for different grape varietals.
If you have tried Leah Jorgensen's Blanc de Cabernet Franc, PLEASE tell me what you thought.