Cabernet Franc The parent grape of both Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Cabernet Franc wines tend to be more herbaceous and lower in tannin than its offspring. Leaving an approachable red wine with distinctive aromas including raspberries, violets, and pencil shavings that makes for any evening delight. Cabernet Franc is producing exceptional wines from the Loire Valley in France including areas of Chinon, Bourgueil, and Anjou. It also planted widely throughout Italy and California.