The rise of Cabernet Franc?

Will Cabernet Franc be in a few years what Malbec was in 2010?

Australian winemaking consultant Brian Croser thinks so. Last week at a wine workshop in London he said the varietal is “going to explode,” according to the Drinks Business.

Right now the grape is not even a top 10 grower, falling far beyond its #1 growing genetic cousin, Cabernet Sauvignon. But this fruit with herb and tobacco flavors, in addition to the berries characteristic of its relative, has potential to travel the same trajectory of Pinot Noir. It was all but forgotten three decades ago, but now it’s a dinner party darling.

This is a big idea from Croser, especially since just about seven years ago, Slate chronicled the “sad plight” of the under-rated grape.