This selection of Cabernet Franc is one of the stalwart red grape varieties in France's Loire Valley, as well as one of the wine world's greatest values. We also have reds from the Northern and Southern Rhône and each of these reds offers a good representation of where it is grown, showing flavors and character reflective of place. In some cases, it's the dominant grape of the area, such as Malbec in Argentina's Mendoza region or Xinomavro in the Naoussa appellation of Greece. Wine Spectator's Bruce Sanderson explains.
From the Nov 15, 2012, issue