Cabernet Franc

Halcyon Cabernet Franc

The new ‘Cab’ in your lineup

The Cabernet Franc grape is wildly aromatic and has all these different flavors and smells depending on where and how it’s made. This wine is perfect for traditional Cabernet Sauvignon fans, who are looking for something new: a tad ‘brighter’, not necessarily ‘lighter’, wine for the warmer months. With all the classic juicy black cherry charm, with a hint of red pepper flake heat that makes you keep sipping for more.


Cabernet Franc


Camino Alto Vineyard in El Dorado, California (east of Sacramento)



Our Best Advice

This is a good time to get very involved with this grape variety

Delicious With

Cabernet Franc can pair with a wide variety of foods because its natural high acidity without harsh tannins (the drying quality in red wine). Bright acidity makes this great with tomato-based dishes or vinegar-based sauces (smoky BBQ or sweet and sour marinades) or rich vegetarian fair like lentils. If you learn only one tip about pairing Cabernet Franc, it is to match it with real herbs and fresh vegetables in your dish.

Their Cred

This husband and wife team, Tyler and Kim Elwell, make every style of wine from this one grape variety: Cabernet Franc. They’re obsessed with the possibilities of this grape, known mostly for its appearance in Bordeaux and Loire Valley wines of France. But these two lovebirds artfully make every style - a sparkling, white, rosé, and red - from Cabernet Franc. Sourcing from sustainable vineyards all over California, they find the best fruit for each style. They live in Napa, make wine in Sonoma, and this is only their side gig. With ‘regular’ jobs in the wine and media space, they are killing it with their ‘hobby.’ #lifegoals

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