Recommended Northwest Cabernet Franc

Some who are taking the 2023 Northwest Cabernet Franc Challenge have asked for suggestions of wines to explore. With Cabernet Franc less readily available than some of the varieties in previous challenges, I have shared my thoughts below.

Cabernet Franc comes in a variety of wine types in the Pacific Northwest. It is traditionally made as a red wine. However, there are also white wine versions (Savage GraceCategory 5Leah JørgensenJaineJackalope). There are also numerous rosés (Sleight of HandHoquetusSeven HillsLobo HillsSMAKChinook, others). There are even sparkling versions (Savage Grace, Columbia CrestEcholands).

Even in the red wines, there are a number of different styles, from somewhat lighter, brighter wines that traditionally come in bottles with tapered shoulders (such as Savage Grace, Echolands, Hoquetus) to wines made in fuller-bodied styles.

Below are a list of recommendations of wines that I’ve tried in recent vintages. These are, in almost all cases, varietally-designated red wines, except where noted. Did I miss your favorite? Feel free to tell us the wine in the comments. 

Image by Richard Duval. 

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Sean P. Sullivan


  1. I also highly recommend the Sheridan Vineyard Boss Block and the Dineen Vineyards Cab Franc. The Boss Block is a full bodied hedonistic version of the grape, quite beautiful though. The Dineen is a more elegant version with juicy acidity, concentrated red fruit and floral notes with an underpinning of minerality. Both worth your time.

  2. JM Cellars 2018 Champoux Vineyards Cabernet Franc

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    1. Especially the one made in Mizunara barrel.

  4. Tinte Cellars! 100% varietal and an ideal expression of the grape variety.


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