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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  • California

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

  • France

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

  • Napa

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

  • 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...

  • Australia

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

  • Sonoma County

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

  • Italy

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

  • Chile

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

Popular Wineries using Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Almaden Vineyards

    For over 150 years, Almaden Vineyards wines have been welcome at America's table. We offer a wide...

  • Estancia Estates

    Estancia’s winemakers strive to combine the best of both worlds: a state-of-the art winemaking fa...

  • Joseph Carr

    Joseph Carr wines are produced at Larson Family Vineyards in Carneros, bordering both Napa and So...

  • Canyon Road Winery

    Inspired by the scenic roads that wander through California’s stunning wine country, Rafael Jofre...

  • Tisdale Vineyards

    Since its inception, the hallmark of E. & J. Gallo Winery’s founders has been their unwavering co...

  • Dumol Wine Company

    Our 25 acre biodynamically farmed Estate Vineyard is located on an undulating eastfacing slope of...

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  • Lot prices reached new heights at the 2014 Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild ... ... Riche's Auction Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Stellenbosch 2004) sold for an average bottle price of £80, a new high also matched by Kanokop's CWG Paul Sauer Bordeaux blend (Simonsberg 2011) and Boekenhoutskloof's Auction Reserve Syrah Costal (Reserve 2012). Cape Po... Read More

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  • Canoe Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon the Expedition 2012


    The wine is a deep ruby color in the glass, certainly appropriate for a Cabernet from the Columbia Valley. The nose is quite pleasant with some lovely floral notes atop some rich, ripe fruit notes of plum and red currant and just a bit of smokiness. The taste is really quite nice, very fruit forward, with flavors of ripe raspberry, blackberry ... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka

  • We concluded this weekend with another day of cleaning around the house.  ... opened a 2011 Dominican Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon (picked up from Total Wine recently) last night and finished it today, and we also opened a 2010 Ridge Three Valleys Zinfandel today that Sandra really likes.  I don't think I will buy the Dominican Oaks cab again, but ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines

  • Robert Story Cellars Napa Valley 2012


    The color on this wine is deep brooding purple, so typical of a nice Napa Cabernet. The nose is a lovely combination of ripe black fruit with somewhat of a jammy characteristic along with some leather, oak and cocoa powder. The taste is nice, with some rich black fruit up front, black cherry, plum and black currant that transitions effortlessl... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka

  • Waterbrook Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012


    The wine is a bright ruby color in the glass, a little lighter than I normally expect from a Cabernet. The nose displays ample black fruit, plum, currant and cassis over a bit of toasted oak and vanilla. The taste is very nice, with some ripe fruit up front and a bit of jammy sweetness that reminds me more of a Zinfandel than a Cabernet. Midp... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka

  • I think even you, Fox, are thinking too much within CA. There are ... Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon for $25, even though I used to buy his wines in the '80s for $5 or sometimes less; would be curious to revisit2012 Louis M. Martini Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon, for $13, discussed by me above2011 Clos du Val Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Your fave Cab under $20?!

  • Husic Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2006


    One of the most amazing Cabernets I have had. Perfection in every aspect. Deep brooding purple. aroma of cassis, dark cherry, dark plum, and hints of chocolate. On the palate the afore mentioned fruits are in the background and a sprinkling of chocolate with gentle tannins making a presence. The finish lingered on and on. This is a spectacular C... Read More

    Wine review by zinfandel1

  • Château Lacombe Noaillac Red Bordeaux Blend Médoc 2006


    Rich and delicious--this wine is one of the best I have had in a while. Read More

    Wine review by calywa

  • Ksara Reserve du Couvent 2011


    Aromas of berries, vanilla, spice and cedar wood, palate shows rich full dark fruit, cherry, and leathery lingering finish with full tannins. Blend of 40% syrah, 30% cab franc, 30 cab sauv. Interesting wine from Lebanon, highly recommend at the price point. Read More

    Wine review by Blinky

  • Château la Garde Red Bordeaux Blend Pessac-Léognan 2011


    From the Dourthe stable, this Cabernet Sauvignon-dominant wine has good colour and an inviting nose of wet earth and blackberry. Good Claret flavours of raw coffee bean, blackberry, cassis and beet. There is some tannic puckering which suggests 2-3 more years in the cellar, but seems quaffable now. Slightly more elegant than (but similar in st... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

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