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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  • Zinfandel lovers unite in Sonoma’s Dry Creek Valley. Eno-tourists are ... Vineyards Andolsen Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Dry Creek Valley 2012Pleasantly aromatic tea leaf and clay aromas with cherry and mixed berry aromas, black pepper and a hint of violets. Rich, full bodied red fruit palate of red currant, raspberry and cherry, dark chocolat... Read More

    From the article It's not all about Zinfandel.


  • Osoyoos Larose le Grand Vin 2009

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    The Osoyoos Larose just keeps improving, and the 2009 edition is as good as any of the predecessors with a cedar bark - sweet cherry nose with a hint of black earth and pencil lead. Unbelievable mouth-filling flavours of cherry, cake spice and bramble berries with a hint of vanilla on the finish. As a Bordeaux should be, but often isn't. Sup... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Justin Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

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    Wine review by Marlowes


  • Uh, yeah, v v, I guess we can see the label.Here's mine for tonightAn ... ... ... for the Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.  Obvious dark fruit on entry.  Then some  things that make you think "rustic"--leaher, dustiness.  Still some very stiff tannins.  I'm liking that.  An enjoyable wine to dring, tonight, but if anybody is dedicating cellar ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Chappellet Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Signature Series 2007

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    Very beautiful, dark ruby color. Dark fruity nose. Quintessential Napa Valley cassis on the tongue. Then I get the rustic things that suggest leather or dustiness. Still some very big tannins. That and associated acid makes me feel that this wine is still on an upward slope. So, while I am enjoying it, tonight, anybody who has it in their... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Bridlewood Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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    Fruity mixed berry aromas with soft earth. Red fruit full on the palate, loads of cherry and raspberry with a medium body and some floral notes, a bit of licorice on the finish and strong tannins gripping the tongue. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Krymskiy Pogrebok 2017

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    No written review

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Sbragia Cabernet Sauvignon Andolsen Vineyard 2009

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    A touch of chalky soil and a savory brown rice note open for classic blackberry and black currant fruit with rich chocolate and creamy vanilla aromas. A few years have mellowed this well balanced selection - ripe fruit flavors of black cherry and blackberry form the core but are joined by a pleasant spice, a creamy vanilla and chocolate note and... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Sbragia Cabernet Sauvignon Andolsen Vineyard 2012

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    Pleasantly aromatic tea leaf and clay aromas with cherry and mixed berry aromas, black pepper and a hint of violets. Rich, full bodied red fruit palate of red currant, raspberry and cherry, dark chocolate on the mid palate and a creamy texture coming through on the finish supported by a lattice of chewy tannins and medium-bold acidity. Good comp... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Concha Y Toro Serie Riberas Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon Marchigue 2014

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    Pungent and richly fruited aromas of blackberry and earthy/savory notes of olive and dark plum. This is elegant and assertive on the palate with excellent balance and finesse, showing dark fruit flavors of blackberry and black currant, pleasant spice and a creamy chocolate and dark espresso finish.91 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • 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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