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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  • Italy

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

  • Napa

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

  • Sonoma County

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

  • Chile

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

  • Australia

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

  • California

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

  • 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...

  • France

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

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    The wine cellar “Lands of the Barolo“ The “Terre del Barolo“ winery ‘s distinguished range of pro...

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    Situated in the tiny village of Sorbo Serpico in Campania's Irpinia region, this highly acclai...

  • Bolla

    Like all great legacies, the story of Bolla wines begins simply enough with one man, Abele Bolla....

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    The “Cantine San Silvestro” is located in the territory of the Commune of Novello. It mainly prod...

  • Castello del Poggio

      Castello del Poggio is just that - a castle. With a history dating back to medieval tim...

  • Tommasi

    Tommasi Viticoltori(Tommasi vintners) is a family viticulture firm founded in 1902. It is situat...

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Cabernet Sauvignon on Snooth

  • Francis Ford Coppola Rosso & Bianco Rosso 2011

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    This is an everyday type of red. It's very appealing, nice grape flavor, mild tannins, nice aftertaste with lingering flavor. Bit of vanilla, tad of spice and a lovely finish. Coppola wines rock. Never disappointing in my red world. Read More

    Wine review by jamessulis


  • Bodegas Alto Almanzora Red Blend Almeria Este 2010

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    Aroma of dried fruits, prunes, oak, and spice, very full bodied, lots of jammy flavors and oak, pleasant finish and light tannins, best served with food. Amazing value. Read More

    Wine review by Blinky


  • St. Supery Cabernet Sauvignon Dollarhide Elevation 2010

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    Juicy blackberry and black cherry, dusty tannins; and long, fruity finish with earthy spices. Read More

    Wine review by cgplayer9


  • Adelaida Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

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    Very nice cab from Paso. A bit tight on opening. Black and dark blue fruits started to emerge with some medium grain tannins and a medium finish. Just a tad on the hot side at first as well but mellowing a bit with some air time. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Wow, there's a lot for me to get caught up on.Czarina, do you have ... to ... ... to enjoy California Cabernet Sauvignon or Chardonnay instead of California Burgundy, or Chablis or Sauterne.  (I remember Sauterne, but I don't have the faintest idea what it was. )  This was, no doubt, because of the excellent marketing job of people like the o... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Zinfandel for a Beginner


  • Chartron la Fleur Bordeaux Merlot Cabernet 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by MrRiesling


  • Murphy-Goode Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 2004

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    very nice Read More

    Wine review by grosiramazonplus


  • Tamarack Cellars Firehouse Red 2012

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    This one was such a thrill from the moment I opened the bottle till I finished the last drop. This has to be the finest wine I've tasted this year. Mellow entry, aroma is a burst of grape. Vanilla, raspberry, strawberry and a finish that seems to last forever. WOW Read More

    Wine review by jamessulis


  • Nuevo Mundo Cabernet Sauvignon/Malbec 2010

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    Ah Ha! a wonderful wine and blend, aged nicely, very smooth and pleasant to the palate..........and organic too!! Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Sawbuck Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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    Total fruit bomb. Low dollar price is still too much. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


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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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