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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  • Lewis Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2008

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    Red plum color. Very attractive dark fruit on the tongueblackberry, blueberry, black plum. Some suggestion of pencil lead. Some bitter chocolate. While I am pleased with the sturdy backbone provided by the tannin and acid, I am not at all disappointed that I am not allocating more cellar space to age this one longer. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • RC - Thanks for the New Zealand tips.EM - You are sensitive to the need for ... for ... The Garrison Creek Cabernet Sauvignon is our favorite, but the Barboursville Merlot isn't bad either.  Earlier today I test rode a 2018 Harley-Davidson Fatboy motorcycle.  I still prefer my 2005 H-D Fatboy however.  The new bike rides and sounds like a Jap... Read More

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  • 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


  • Changyu Cabernet Sauvignon Shandong China 2000

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    Cork is in excellent shape. For 18 years old wine it's very refreshing in general thanks to good acidity. I would say it's better than 2003. Medium body, with pretty much standard old wine set of sluggish strawberry, blueberry, tobacco leather and minerality...long strawberry aftertaste. Nice wine for a good price. Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Sterling Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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    Brooding blackberry and black currant fruit with a soft note of fresh earth and minerality, lightly floral and inviting. Generous black cherry, blackberry and black currant fruit palate is medium-full bodied but still approachable, nicely spiced and weighty with pleasant floral and mixed berry fruit notes towards the finish with a tingling acidi... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley Indian Wells 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by babyubu1


  • Wine Spots Colchagua Valley 2007

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    Wine review by AndreaLouise01


  • Interestingly I have Keenan Estate Spring Mountain 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon @ my current venue's cellar.I do focus on 2013 now Vs.  other vintages of available Napa Cab's.Keenan may be worth a search, I am also looking at Cornerstone Cellars Sonoma. -as contenders for best new California Cabernet. - I tip my Hat to Sonoma for the Energy.! Read More

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  • Santa Rita 120 Reserva Especial Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

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    Pours with a relatively rich garnet color with purple-ish hues around the rim. Aromas that are smooth (fruit forward, cream, vanilla spice) and just a hint of alcohol until a little oxidation rounds things out. Flavors follow suit, if not slightly underwhelming to be honest.....grapes, field berry, slight astringency and overall subdued sweetn... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Chateau Bellegrave Cru Bourgeois Pauillac 2002

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the website ... bottle consists of 62% cabernet sauvignon,31% merlot and 7% cabernet franc and spent a year in oak barrels. I started my bottle last night with my supper of baked chicken breast There is some blackcurrant,blackberry and bramble style fruit but the main impresion is of suggestions of coffee or s... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • 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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