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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  • Spring Mountain Vineyard Estate Bottled Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

    Snoothrank:

    Dark, almost maroon color. Old nosesomewhat fungal. WHOA. Nothing subtle about this wine. A big mouthful. Stewed prunes, tobacco, slate. Then some still very serious tannins. I dont think there are enough years in my lifetime for this one too settle down. Im glad I opened it up, tonight. A great wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Gouguenheim Valle Escondido Red Melosa Mendoza 2011

    Snoothrank:

    Creamy vanilla aromas of cherry, raspberry and blackberry preserves. Zesty acidity and bright fruit flavors of blueberry and cherry are very expressive and generous on the palate with fresh baking spice coming through on the mid palate and a dark cocoa finish. Refreshing and flavorful. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Chakana Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Uco Valley 2015

    Snoothrank:

    Chalky cherry and milk chocolate aromas with raspberry cream and floral notes. Nice complexity on the palate, assertive and fruity on entry and throughout with bright cherry and plum notes, tart cranberry and puckering acidity on the mid palate with a streak of tannins and earth on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Vina Amalia Finca Los Montes Negros Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva Uco Valley 2013

    Snoothrank:

    Generous fruit aromas of blackberry and black cherry, soft earth and good minerality on the nose. Quite fruity on the palate with a pleasant continuum of mixed berry, black cherry and violet petals, this is very approachable and quaffable, enough depth to stay interesting with warm spice and a bit of chocolate towards the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Fabre Montmayou Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva Mendoza 2015

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    Tart red fruit notes of sour cherry and tarry earth. Blueberry and blackberry fruit on the palate with a dusty complexion and smoky notes throughout. Has some herbal notes but predominantly that smoked earth. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Carmelo Patti Cabernet Sauvignon Lujan de Cuyo 2007

    Snoothrank:

    Nice complexity here with savory mineral notes of loamy earth, baking spice and classic black fruit components - mostly black currant and blackberry. Silky, sultry and elegant on the palate with deep fruit notes of black cherry, black current and blackberry, a bit jammy but still quite fresh. This is ten years young today and drinking beautifull... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Durigutti Cabernet Sauvignon Mendoza 2015

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    Dark dusty earth flavors with dark chocolate and moist soil, becomes a touch floral before sinking into smoky, rich oak and earth. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Bodega Calle la Mano Derecha Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva Mendoza 2014

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    Intriguing floral and herbal notes here with black currant and strawberry fruit and pleasant briny minerality. On the palate this is medium bodied, a bit restrained around the edges, but still showing nice blackberry and black currant fruit, quite dry with nice spice and good acidity. This presents a bit herbal at its core and is quite earthy by... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Robert Mondavi Napa Cabernet 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by Whitetigerofwine


  • Bodega Melipal Cabernet Sauvignon Mendoza 2014

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    Ripe floral cherry and savory spice aromas with a note of cranberry and raspberry and light cream. A bit burnt on the palate but with good spice, black cherry and blackberry notes, pepper and vanilla and a finish of smoke and herbs. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • 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


  • Description added for this page.

    Page modification by 1Philip James 1 Philip James


  • 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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