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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Argentina

    Argentina is one of the top five wine-producing countries in the world. For a long time, most o...

  • 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

  • Barefoot Cellars

    We got our start as a "garage wine" back in the Sixties but really stepped up what Barefoot wa...

  • Joseph Carr

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

  • Almaden Vineyards

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

  • Livingston Cellars

    Since 1984 and 17 years, the de facto estate wine of Livingston Moffett winery has been bottled ...

  • Rockledge Vineyards

    High on the eastern slopes of Napa Valley just south of the town of St. Helena is a saddle covere...

  • Tisdale Vineyards

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

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Cabernet Sauvignon on Snooth

  • La Pantera IGT Emilia-Romagna 2010

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    Pantera is synonim for Luretta. A charming mix of three different wine wine species and the percentage of witch is a family secret. Spicy flavours of pepper and cinnamon blend harmoniously with tannin softness and intense flavours of ripe fruit Read More

    Wine review by ELENA RESTIANI


  • Freakshow Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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    A surprise, first whiff of almost spoiled vinegar, then boom, lush deep jam flavors with long intense finish of chocolate and smoke. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Penfolds Grandfather Tawny Port 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Napa Valley grape growers and winemakers wore out their worry beads in 2011. ... growing seasons. It’s Cabernet Sauvignon wines are widely known for ripe, forward fruit and a rich, full-bodied palate. Consequently, many wine writers freaked out about 2011, some declaring it a disaster before the first of June.  They should know better. Cool, e... Read More

    From the article Vintage Update: 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet


  • Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1997

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    No written review

    Wine review by CH2


  • Bodega Catena Zapata Cabernet/Malbec Nicolas Catena Zapata Argentina Red 2004

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    Enjoyed this on 4 Sep, 2014. Have had it in my cellar since Nov 2009, so 5 years. Dark purple in colour, strong and intense with blackcurrant and minerals on the nose, plus some coffee and leather, Complex, ripe, and intense on the palate, and maintains a high level of elegance, smoothness while still having some intense power. It could well ha... Read More

    Wine review by Ruski


  • Ah, another beautiful weekend out here in Virginia.  Last night Sandra and ... so we ordered a bottle of a Cabernet Sauvignon 'Educated Guess' that was $42 a bottle.  Not bad prices for wine in the restaurant, right OT?  Anyway, The cab was lovely and we all shared that one before walking over to The Kennedy Center to enjoy an evening with Pink... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Ladera Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2010

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    Another great showing for Ladera,with the 2010 release. Soft tannins and sweet oak are intertwined with bing cheery and raspberry preserves. A wonderful fruit driven nose and a solid finish make this a no brainer for anyone's rack! Viva La Ladera! Cheers! Read More

    Wine review by Stallion


  • Noble Vines 337 Lodi Cabernet 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by La Lonza


  • Btr Cellars the Chief 2011

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    The color is a deep, brooding indigo in the glass, somewhat opaque. The nose is a lovely combination of ripe black fruit, cherry, plum and blackberry, over hints of tobacco, limestone and oak. The taste is wonderful, with some ripe cherry and blackberry that transitions easily to some complex mineral and spice notes midpalate. The tannins are... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


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