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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  • Chateau de la Grave Nectar Vieilles Vignes 2005

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from the website ... of 90% merlot and !0% cabernet sauvignon,and was aged for 18 months in oak barrels.I started the bottle last night with my supper of roast lamb.There is some lovely blackcurrant,plum.coffee and vanilla style fruit with some soft but structured tannins.In short,this is a nice example of a... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Zichichi Cabernet Sauvignon Pyramid Vineyard 2013

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    Very dark in the glass. Nose of dark fruit. Dark fruit on entryblackberry, blueberry. Still quite stiff tannin. With the acid content, I think this one would be fine laying sideways for a few more years. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • San Pedro 1865 Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Maipo Valley 2014

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    Inviting aromas of black fruit and dark spice, with crushed flower petals and expressive black currant jam notes. In the mouth this is approachable, clean and fruity - full of blackberry, black currant and black cherry flavors, thick, chunky tannins and a smoky, dry and oaky finish. Good texture, balance and full fruit. Very nice. 89 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Villa S. Andrea Chianti Classico 2013

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    Friendly, fruity aromas of perky cherry, blueberry and allspice with some restrained earth showing on the nose. The tart muted cranberry fruit, toasted char and mineral earth on the palate is quite striking for its lack of fruit after the expansive fruit on the nose. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Terre di Perseto Albore Chianti Classico 2015

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    Fresh fruit notes of cherry and red currant on the nose with pleasant spice and a creamy vanilla note. Expressive red fruit flavors on the palate with more zesty spice, chewy tannins and a bit of oak on the finish. 89 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Terre di Perseto Albore Chianti Classico Riserva 2012

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    Blueberry and cherry preserves and plum paste on the nose with pleasant baking spice notes. Brightly fruited on the palate with black cherry, confectioner's sugar, molasses and blueberries, notes of chocolate and brown sugar, chunky tannins and a whiskey barrel oak finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Barone Ricasoli Chianti Classico Riserva 2013

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    Dark plum and black currant aroams with savory earth encrusted with minerals, dried flowers and herbs. Restrained and tight in the mouth, dry and dusty on entry but developing nicely on the palate with black cherry and cranberry fruit, becoming quite expressive through the midpalate before releasing a pleasant spice and a creamy texture towards ... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Le Regge Chianti Classico Riserva 2012

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    Herbal mixed berry and licorice notes on the nose with a sticky tree root sap note. The palate has light clay and powdered sugar notes with Bing cherry and strawberry fruit and a finish of chunky tannin and a creamy chocolate texture. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Castello di Meleto Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2012

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    Black cherry and blackberry aromas with pleasant spice on the nose. Equally earthy and fruity on the palate, with restrained black cherry and black currant fruit, extremely focused tannins and a delicate finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Ledson Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley Pine Mountain 2003

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    No written review

    Wine review by gmb468


  • 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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