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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  • Beaver Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Lake County Horne Vineyard 2007

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    Carob, cola, herb, freshly sawn oak and earth all pop on the rather intense nose that features dried raspberry fruit. Bright and crisp one entry with lovely earthy and slightly vegetal nuances up front followed by a nice raspberry and mulberry midpalate. The tannins here are resolving but are beginning to show on the finish, which does show a h... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Steltzner Vineyards Reserve Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District 2007

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    Bright red fruits in the doughy nose. Hot attack, with a swirl of acidity and tannins that give it strong body, with notes of black pepper throughout. Would love some churrasco steak with this bad boy. Read More

    Wine review by Chris Carpita


  • Trinchero Main Street Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

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    This wine was good but not remarkable. Read More

    Wine review by lakenvelder


  • Paumanok Cabernet Sauvignon North Fork Tuthills Lane Vineyard 2005

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    Peppery cocoa nose, smooth finish with beautifully integrated tannins. Not too much bite. Lovely wine. Read More

    Wine review by rjpease


  • Smoky Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

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    When I was at the winery near Salina, Kansas this is the one I sampled. This a very nice dry red wine has fruity tastes of black cherry, raspberry, along with with pepper and toasted oak . This Cabernet has rich tannin and a long smooth finish.. Read More

    Wine review by lakenvelder


  • Trinchero Main Street Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

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    Its a drinkable wine, but not outstanding. Read More

    Wine review by lakenvelder


  • Kristian Story Rhapsodie Cabernet Sauvig 2006

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    Actually tasting 2006 and 2007- the layers and complexity of 3 clones... Including Spottswoode See Clone, Phelps Bacchus clone...meaty- french oak gives it elegance, tad lower alc than most Napa Cab's- long velvet finish Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108


  • Kristian Story Rhapsodie Cabernet Sauvig 2006

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    I am actually tasting the 2006 AND the 2007...neck n neck here Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108


  • On a warm June day I was lost on the winding roads of Canon-Fronsac, an appellation on Bordeaux’s Right Bank. When I finally turn up more than an hour late at Château Moulin-Pey-Labrie, owner Grégoire Hubau makes a few witty digs about wine critics rarely finding their way to this little-known region. We head for his cellar, hung with amusing po... Read More

    From the article Bargains in Bordeaux


  • Chile, perhaps more so than most countries, seems to have a set of conditions that allow for the production of truly distinct and intrinsically complex wines from Bordeaux varieties. Carmenere is leading the way, though it is perhaps a risky proposition considering the rather difficult nature of the grape, both for the producer (low yields and l... Read More

    From the article Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon


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