Cabernet Franc, the quiet parent grape of flashy Cabernet Sauvignon, plummy Merlot, and tannic Carménère. Light in color and flirty on the nose, but pack a flavorful punch and real tannins. Not only does Cabernet Franc create wines of exceptional character, but it matches beautifully with fall comfort food. It brings peppery, earthy aromas and complexity, Cabernet Franc excels when bottled on its own. It’s most famously from France’s Loire Valley, where Cab Franc is grown and vinified as a single variety.