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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  • Cave de Saumur 09 Lieu Dit les Vignoles Saumur Champigny Cabernet Sauvignon France 2009


    Cabernet Franc. Bright garnet hue, aromas of red stone fruits and violets; flavor notes of black raspberries and black currants, with a floral tone on tart acid and sweet wood. Good balance and moderate length, but a terrific red wine value. Read More

    Wine review by InWineTruth

  • Malk Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District 2007


    The 2007 Malk Cabernet is a stunning example of Stags Leap! Its rich velvety texture and decadent aromas make it a perfect addition to any evening. Other reviewers have described the notes with such vivid detail from vanilla bean ice cream to tobacco to dripping plums, I feel any descriptions I could muster would be a disservice comparatively. ... Read More

    Wine review by Jamiegirl81

  • Chocovine Chocolate Raspberry Wine NV


    Wonderful flavor; introduced to me by my sister--I love to relax and sip after class, in the evening, or after a hard day. Serena1 Read More

    Wine review by Serena1

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  • Our Daily Red Red Blend California 2010


    This is a decent table wine. It's simple, not much going on with tannins/acidity. It's light tasting. Kind of one dimensional. But it's certainly not bad at all. This is the kind of wine that someone who's new to wine or who is a white wine lover will enjoy.I paid $5.39 for it at TotalWine, and that price is about right. $7 would have been too m... Read More

    Wine review by lolazaza

  • James Cole Cabernet Sauvignon 2003


    Beautiful full-bodied wine with balanced tanins, and the mouth-feel I look for in Napa. On par with any of the Stag's Leap District Cabs. Read More

    Wine review by muledaddy

  • Aurelio Montes Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon 2007


    Little murky on the nose off a pop n' pour, with a good amount of soil and some funk showing along with red fruits. This blew off after 15-20 minutes, and the soil gradually gave way to the red fruits. A pleasant wine, above average but well short of outstanding. Read More

    Wine review by JonDerry

  • Malk Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District 2007


    This is a sensational wine at a great value. We love serving this rare, small production little gem to friends who always perk up to ask what are we serving and how can they find it. You don't flirt with this wine, you fall in love. Read More

    Wine review by Zachmark

  • Mcmanis Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon California 2009


    Sweet, dark fruit aroma. A little spicy, not very hot and barely tannic at all. A nice sipping wine. Read More

    Wine review by Kyle Graynor

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