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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  • EM-That Bougetz was a Wine Beserkers Day buy. I recommend you look out for it ... ... Mueller Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, small production, family vineyard. Excellent nose of dark fruit, blackberry, black cherry, currant, oak and still a fair amount of tannins, mediumbody, long finish. This was good in the first glass and great on the... Read More

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  • Orin Swift "The Prisoner" Napa Valley Red Blend 2009

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    Structured and layered, and well beyond it's supposed prime, this was great. Blackberry, dustiness, spice, dark cherry, mocha with tolerable tannins and great acidity. Just shows what cellaring properly can do. 92 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Langhe Rosso Monsordo Ceretto 2009

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    Wine review by martins2002


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  • Peter Lehmann Clancy's Barossa 2014

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    Excellent coloration of dark cherry, hints of ruby and tinges of purple around the edging. Aromas and flavors are deep, with rustic spice, black fruits/currant and some oakiness on the finish, with slight boozy heat. Smooth mouthfeel and a finish that is dry and reasonably clean. I recommend this one and feel that it is a good representation ... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Chateau le Temple Cuvee Tradition Medoc 1998

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    I bought three bottles of this wine from the website ... Le Temple.It consists of 60% cabernet sauvignon,35% merlot and 5% petit verdot and was aged for 18 months in oak barrels. I started my first bottle last night with my chicken supper. There was plenty of red fruit and the tannins are fairly soft but offered little in the way of structure. ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chateau Smith Cabernet Sauvignon Washington 2014

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    Simple aromas of cherry and light cranberry are a touch green. Strawberry and cherry fruit on the palate, fruit forward with good tannins toward the juicy finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • MJ - Fancy that, another Napa cab that is quite good.  If I had to choose ... had to choose one region for Cabernet Sauvignon, it would be Napa Valley.  SIP - That's quite a tasty spread, finished with a nice Pinot Noir.  I also like how you combine the pictures too for efficiency.  DM - How old are your daughters? &nbs Read More

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  • MJ - How did you know that Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon needed 90 minutes in the decanter?  Did you sample it every 30 minutes to taste it?  I often wonder how long I should decant cabs. Read More

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  • Concha Y Toro Cabernet Sauvignon Puente Alto Marqués de Casa Concha 2009

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    " young like a baby now; will be better and more evolved come fall, winter and over the next few years. " is what WE said in 2011. Well they were wrong - after 6 years in the cellar this is just plain stupid good. Fruit - muscular but flowing, full bodied and layered with large tannins a driving acidity this last forever. Hold for 2-3 years i... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


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