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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  • Meridian Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

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    Not bad for a $4 bottle of wine. Read More

    Wine review by rand2k


  • Hi Gracie, welcome aboard! Watch out for that Al character, he pairs Cabernet Sauvignon with seafood. ;-) Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Love wine, looking to learn more! Read More

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  • A quiet evening out here in Northern Virginia.  It's cold again (25 F ... F ... with a very nice 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon from Antica Winery in Napa Valley, CA.  We bought this bottle back in 2012 for about $45 at a wine shop in Shirlington, VA.  It was given a 92 point rating, and I must say it was quite good.  Sandra came home from work and ... Read More

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  • Sandra and I enjoyed our second example of Chateauneuf-du-Pape last night, not ...  I still prefer a Napa Cabernet Sauvignon thoug Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • As a wine consumer I love to read about others experiences with wine, but one of the most frustrating things is when you read about a great wine that you simply cannot find. With over 100,000 different wines made every year and at best only a few thousand of those making it on to your local stores' shelves, searching down a specific wine can be ... Read More

    From the article Five Dependable Whites You Can Find (Most) Anywhere


  • Things are going slow but steady in British Columbia.  The ... Pinot ... ... Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Gewurztraminer, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Riesling and Suavignon Blanc,” she wrote. The numbers indicate not much has changed in B.C.'s top-grape numbers, save for the modest rise of pinot noir and cabernet franc. As for the w... Read More

    From the article BCFG Releases Vineyard Stats for 2014 Growing Season


  • Made a trip to Pahrump Nevada today to play a round of golf with my friends at ... and somewhat typical for a Cabernet Sauvignon. To be polite, I bought one bottle. I'll drink it next week and tell ya all about it. http://www.pahrumpwinery.co Read More

    Forum post in the topic Pahrump Valley Winery (Nevada)


  • Hi all, I recently bought someone's collection of wine for a ridiculously ... Jean Cinq Cepages which is a Cabernet Sauvignon Blend of 5 varietals. The cork was horrible. The wine should have been spoiled but it was not. In fact it is very good. My wife who is more critical than I am also pronounced it excellent. My question to the experts is ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Enophiles!


  • Yesterday (a cold and snowy Saturday) we ventured out to a mall about 15 miles ... of those 2012 St. Francis Cabernet Sauvignon 'Cellar Selections' and a 2010 RdV 'Friends & Family'.  I can highly recommend the St. Francis bottle and it was only about $35 a bottle direct from the winery.  It was limited to just two barrels though and I doubt t... Read More

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

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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...

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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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