Cabernet Sauvignon

Species: Vitis Vinifera
Parentage: Cross between Cabernet franc & Sauvignon blanc
Aliases: Bouchet, Bouche, Petit-Bouchet, Petit-Cabernet, Petit-Vidure, Sauvignon Rouge, Bidure
Grape Color: Black
Regions: Bordeaux, Tuscany, Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Australia
Other important regions include Tuscany, Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Australia
Type(s) of Wine the Grape Produces:
Classified Bordeaux Estates, Californian cult wines

“King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Cabernet Sauvignon is wildly popular in wine regions throughout both the Old World and New World. Its most intimate roots trace back to the Bordeaux Wine Region in Southern France.

For an avid wine drinker, some major elements of the Cabernet Sauvignon are worth noting. The most distinctive element of Cabernet Sauvignon is its black currant aroma, which is present in all its wines worldwide.


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  • Merryvale Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2006

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    The nose showed black currant, a dusting of dark chocolate, lavender and a bit of butter cookie. On the palate, I found it to be a bit sweet with flavors of black cherry, plum sauce and clove. It's body was velvety and full with a slight coating of fine tannin, which was left behind after each sip. The finish fell a bit short, yet showed ripe be... Read More

    Wine review by Eric Guido


  • Piaggia Carmignano Riserva 2006

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    The nose showed ripe black cherry, herbal fruit tea, leather, and dusty potpourri. On the palate, it was as soft as silk and flowed effortlessly across the senses. It was structured yet elegant with unmistakable tuscan character and flavors of black cherry juice, mixed herbs and sweet spices. The finish lasts, showing red fruits with the slighte... Read More

    Wine review by Eric Guido


  • Paul Hobbs Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2008

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    The nose showed sweet raspberry jam, incense, mocha and spice. On the palate, a burst of intense concentration submitted to a wave of balanced, mouth watering acidity as flavors of sour cherry, sweet jam and herbs washed across the senses. The finish was long but fresh and left me aching for another sip. This was a beautiful and rich California ... Read More

    Wine review by Eric Guido


  • Quintessa Red Bordeaux Blend Rutherford 2004

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    The nose was dark and seductive with black chocolate covered cherries, candied orange, mocha, vanilla and cola. On the palate, I found black currant and dark chocolate in a wave of mouth coating and seductive fruit. A hint of tannin lingered into its long finish. I could see this wine hitting its pinnacle in another year or two. Read More

    Wine review by Eric Guido


  • Santa Carolina Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva de Familia 2008

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    The nose showed intense, spicy blackberry jam, animal musk and coffee notes. On the palate, it was smooth and velvety, yet balanced with wild berries, dark chocolate, and subtle cinnamon. The finish was long and saturating with intense dark chocolate-covered dried cranberry. The tannins slowly melted away on the finish and showed great potential... Read More

    Wine review by Eric Guido


  • Casa Lapostolle Clos Apalta Red 97js Premier 2010

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    The nose showed wild berries, pepper and undergrowth with a cloak of dark oak. On the palate, a dense, velvety wave of dark chocolate, blackberry and green pepper washed across the senses. The long finish showed tart berries. Read More

    Wine review by Eric Guido


  • Château Meyney Saint Estèphe Cru Bourgeois 1988

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    At first, the nose gave off a whiff of old library books, which blew off quickly to reveal a bouquet of black raspberry, mushroom, menthol, herbs and a hint of chalk dust. On the palate, it displayed a medium body with juicy acidity that ushered in ripe red fruit and peppery notes. The finish dropped off a bit with faded red fruit, yet this was ... Read More

    Wine review by Eric Guido


  • Tenuta San Guido Supertuscan Blend Toscana IGT Guidalberto 2009

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    The nose showed intense red fruits, powdered sugars and hint of herbs. The palate was pure and balanced with red fruit and great acidity. The finish was medium long with red fruits and tobacco. The 09 Guidalberto is a very good wine that would score much higher in my book, at half its price. Read More

    Wine review by Eric Guido


  • Agricola Punica Carignane Blend Isola Dei Nuraghi IGT Montessu 2008

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    The nose showed intense ripe berries, sweet spices and field herbs. On the palate, it was velvety smooth with mouthwatering acidity and dark brambly fruits. The finish was long yet refreshing. This wine would make a great accompaniment to braised meats and heavy meat sauces. Read More

    Wine review by Eric Guido


  • Rockpile Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

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    Big and bold, with good round fruit featured, framed with well balanced oak and acidity. Still a bit primary after being bottled only 7 months. With another year or two of bottle age, it'll be even better. 90-91 points. Read More

    Wine review by JonDerry


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