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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Craig Donofrio is an Advanced Sommelier in the Court of Master Sommeliers and has worked and consulted for some of the nation's top restaurants. He is chief food/wine photographer at Grapevine Studios (www.grapevinestudios.blogspot.com).

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  • Napa

      There is some debate over how this famous wine region got its name. Spanish settlers named...

  • California

    Viticulture in California began in the 1700s as Spanish missionaries worked their way north fro...

  • France

    Perhaps no country evokes such strong associations with fine wine as does France. Its reputatio...

  • USA

    "American Wine" has existed since the first Europeans brought their vinous heritage and tradition...

  • Argentina

    Argentina is one of the top five wine-producing countries in the world. For a long time, most o...

  • Australia

    The history of wine-making in Australia dates back to the late 1700s when the first European se...

  • Sonoma County

      Wine-making in Sonoma, California began in 1812 when Russian colonists planted grapes at F...

  • Italy

    Wine in Italy is as much an integral part of everyday culture as love, family, cuisine and usin...

  • Chile

    Winemaking was first introduced to Chile by Spanish settlers in the 1500’s, but it wasn’t until...

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  • Beaucanon Estate

    Situated in beautiful Napa Valley, on the historic Longwood Ranch, Beaucanon Estate reflects the ...

  • StoneFly Vineyard

    Founded more than a decade ago on a passion for fly-fishing and fine wine, StoneFly Vineyards pro...

  • Screaming Eagle Winery

      Screaming Eagle is a small winery based in Oakville, California. The original 57-acre (23 ...

  • John Anthony Vineyards

    In 1997 John Anthony Truchard began leasing and managing vineyard property with the idea of one d...

  • Eagle's Trace

    All great wines have a sense of place. The French call it terroir - the site, the soil and the cl...

  • T-Vine Cellars

    We are a very small winery located off the beaten path in Calistoga, behind the owner - winemaker...

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Cabernet Sauvignon on Snooth

  • Rochford Winery hosts the biggest annual concert event in the Yarra Valley, A ... Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. A nice Merlot-dominant blend offering wafts of blackcurrant, black tea and dried herbs. Well-rounded body, high acidity and a good load of dry, sappy tannins. Fresh dark berry flavours and a comfortable finish. Drink... Read More

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  • Boy, what a weekend.  Saturday was spent entirely doing a trip to the ... ... ... Vineyard Paradise Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon and a Virginia wine, the King Family 2012 Montecello Merlo Read More

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  • Afton Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Monticello 2008

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    Unfortunately this one's a dead soldier, way past its prime. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Raymond R Collection Cabernet 2011

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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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  • Conn Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

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  • Concha Y Toro Gran Reserva Serie Riberas Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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  • Alto Los Romeros Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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  • Primus Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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  • Clos du Bois Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2012

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    Wine review by jasond7


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  • Is there someone who can write a description for this varietal similar to the one for Pinot Noir? I loved reading that one, and would love to read about many different grapes. Please point me in the write direction if I am looking in the wrong place. Gantt

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  • Results from the NVV tasting: http://www.snooth.com/talk/topic/post-your-cabernet-gti-notes-here/

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  • I went to the Napa Valley Vintners tasting last week - just about to begin posting my notes - some real beauties!

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  • Thanks Phil. Great note. I love 'em young...

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  • Mike - here's mine: http://www.snooth.com/wine/castillo-de-molina-cabernet-sauvignon-reserva-vina-san-pedro-s-2007/ " March 2009 * 0.5 * 1 * 1.5 * 2 * 2.5 * 3 * 3.5 * 4 * 4.5 * 5 Clear it A very leathery, grapey nose with some notes of cough syrup. I...

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  • From Mike Pobega: Greetings! Lets have some fun. I propose that the weekend of March 6th, 7th, and 8th be our first Virtual Tasting Weekend, themed 'The Cabernets of Chile'. The plan is simple: just choose a cabernet from the chosen region, open it & note on it here at Snooth and we can discusss it beyond that. Lets start with Cabernets of Chi...

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