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 Grace, Category 5, Leah Jørgensen, Jaine, Jackalope). There are also numerous rosés (Sleight of Hand, Hoquetus, Seven Hills, Lobo Hills, SMAK, Chinook, others). There are even sparkling versions (Savage Grace, Columbia Crest, Echolands).
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.