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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  • MJ - How did you know that Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon needed 90 minutes in the decanter?  Did you sample it every 30 minutes to taste it?  I often wonder how long I should decant cabs. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines - Post Pictures...


  • Concha Y Toro Cabernet Sauvignon Puente Alto Marqués de Casa Concha 2009

    Snoothrank:

    " young like a baby now; will be better and more evolved come fall, winter and over the next few years. " is what WE said in 2011. Well they were wrong - after 6 years in the cellar this is just plain stupid good. Fruit - muscular but flowing, full bodied and layered with large tannins a driving acidity this last forever. Hold for 2-3 years i... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Chateau de Francs Francs cotes de Bordeaux 2009

    Snoothrank:

    I bought three bottles of this wine for £20 from the website ... cabernet franc and 10% cabernet sauvignon and was aged in a combination of oak barrels and stainless steel tanks.I started my first bottle last night with my supper of lamb chops. There is plenty of a blackcurrant,blackberry and plum style fruit there,it is full bodied and the tan... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Tierra del Sol 'Reserva' Valle del Limari Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

    Snoothrank:

    what an effort at oaking! and it did pay off with a wine that is very approachable and pleasant and not near the way a Cab-Sab which can be heavy and demanding. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • My admiration for Murrieta’s Well and their winemaker, Robbie Meyer, is ... Well The Spur 2014Blend: 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Petite Sirah, 14% Petit Verdot, 10% Merlot, 9% Cabernet FrancThe 2013 vintage of The Spur was driven by Petite Sirah, so I was excited to see that Cabernet Sauvignon takes center stage in 2014.  This latest vintage i... Read More

    From the article Secret Sauce Wines: Murrieta's Well


  • Aussie List1962 Penfolds Bin 60A Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon Barossa Shiraz2002 Grosset Polish Hill Riesling1990 Penfolds Grange Shiraz1999 Cullen Diana Madelaine Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot2006 Giaconda ChardonnayNZDon't have a dream list   Read More

    Forum post in the topic 5 wines to try before you die


  • Yesterday I posted the 1st and last wine we drank on Memorial Day. ... de Casa ... de Casa Concha Puente Alto Cabernet Sauvignon.  Excellent.  Muscular with plenty left in the magazine.  This will go for another 3-5 yrs and it matches the 2007 in terms of quality and drinkaibility. Dark berry fruit, Damson plum, caramel, dirt, tomato leaf, spi... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Definitely have some to add. Here are the first dozen or so off the top of my ... ... legendary.2013 Macdonald Cabernet Sauvignon - Sounds funny to say but not sure how Napa Cabernet gets much better. Was very fortunate to get a taste of this the other night.2011 Benjamin Leroux Batard Montrachet - This was a stunner had over the weekend. Gott... Read More

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  • We all covet certain superstar wines but budget restrictions mean we have not got there yetWhat are the 5 wines you would like to drink before you die that you have not already hadPlease include VintageMine1996 Krug Clos Du Mesnil1990 DRC Romanee Conti1959 Chateau Mouton [Birth Year]1847 Chateau d'Yquem1982 Petrus Read More

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  • The William and Mary Cabernet Sauvignon sounds interesting to me too, but an expensive wine I haven't tasted is hard to place an order on.  Thoughts? Read More

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  • I have found love at last!! Ladera 2006 Howell Mountain!! Dear god thank you for sharing this goodness with me.

    Comment by 348939annhird 348939 annhird


  • I've just become interested in wine recently and still trying to figure out my palate. Any suggestions for something fairly inexpensive (under $10 or $15) and maybe a couple in the $25-$30 range? I've been told I have fairly mature taste for a newbie. I enjoy cabernet sauvignon and merlot, a thicker richer wine. Thanks for any suggestions.

    Comment by 372003clennox 372003 clennox


  • received as a pressie TAYLOR FERGUSON coonawarra 2005 cabernet savignon wine maker Norman Lever YERINGA ESTATE PKT ON 12/08/08 12;38 me think its tanted its tingerly on the tounge

    Comment by 358869thelma ave 358869 thelma ave


  • Darioush Duel Cabernet/Shiraz blend. Massive fruit and beautiful wine. The label is beautiful as well. Bought at the vineyard

    Comment by 250806Grape Goddess 250806 Grape Goddess


  • Im looking for an Cabernet Sauvignon without added Sulfates...

    Comment by 176524Bizyann 176524 Bizyann


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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

    Comment by 168755Gantt Hickman 168755 Gantt Hickman


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

    Comment by 1Philip James 1 Philip James


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

    Comment by 1Philip James 1 Philip James


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

    Comment by 125081Mike Pobega 125081 Mike Pobega


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