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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  • Two nice Washington Wines tonight.  Jones Cabernet Sauvignon is on Day 3 and still pretty good.  I think Day 1 was the best.  The Carideas Cinsault was good with Italian food for dinner. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Chateau Bouscasse 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • William Hill Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 2013

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    Dark blackberry and oak spice open on the nose with cocoa and black cherry playing a secondary role. This is bold and fruity in the mouth, richly textured and silky on entry with vanilla cream and chocolate cherry pie notes, chalky and earthy blackberry and black olive notes on the mid palate and a zesty spiced cinnamon and clove finish that bar... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Ehret Hillside Reserve Cabernet 2010

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    Still a bit rough, but improves with breathing. Read More

    Wine review by Chrisbike7


  • Apaltagua Envero Gran Reserva 2014

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    Rich perfume and floral notes of blackberry, clay and savory spice on the nose. Firm, focused and assertive on the palate, this has tart acidity and herbal notes of olive and pepper out front of dark berry and cherry fruit that finishes with a touch of heat, loads of spice and a dark chocolate cream. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Los Vascos Carmenere Grande Reserve Colchagua Valley 2013

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    Herbal notes of eucalyptus and green pepper in the glass, though plenty of dark cherry and blackberry/raspberry fruit. Similar flavors continue through to the palate, where they are joined by rich spice and generous tannins, more dark blackberry and an increasing intensity of lingering earthiness towards the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Concha Y Toro Serie Riberas Gran Reserva Carmenere Peumo 2014

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    Floral and fresh on the nose with zesty spice and ripe red fruit notes of cherry, strawberry and raspberry along with a touch of cream. This is expansive on the palate with generous strawberry and cherry fruit preserves that border on the richness of pie filling before sloping off towards earthy oak spice, cappuccino and chocolate notes. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Bodegas Sierra Salinas "Puerto Salinas" Alicante 2009

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    This was very good. Cherries, light influx of dark berry fruits, herbal tones, spice - pepper, the aging has absorbed the oak entirely and this has mellowed elegantly. Medium, soft tannins with well balanced acidity. 92 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Market Vineyards Arbitrage Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by RachelJ82


  • Chateau Belle Cure Bordeaux France Merlot Blend 2015

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    As a snob I find it hard to have a Bordeaux not oaked. yet this wine was fine for the way it was finished. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • 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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