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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  • Whitehall Lane Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2010


    Lovely wine. Currant, blueberry on the tip of the tongue. A sturdy wine, but civilized. Tannins and acids are nicely integrated. Some slight suggestionsuggestion, not flavorof licorice. Some dustiness. Some fungal happenings on the aftertaste. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Avignonesi Desiderio Cortona 2008


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Motto Backbone Cabernet Sauvignon California Motto Backbone Cab 2013


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    Wine review by marymarchell

  • Al, I find most red wines, regardless of the maker, from Spring Mountain ... ... to this wine as a "baby Cabernet Sauvignon."  That is not uncharacteristic of the Keenan Napa Valley Merlots.  Generally, anybody who is expecting a soft, easy-to-drink Merlot from this bottling is going to be very surprised--and, possibly, disappointed.    &nbs Read More

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  • Please excuse the pic, these etched bottles are hard to get a good shot of.  This EMH Cabernet Sauvignon Black Cat 2011 is just a really nice bottle.  Loads of fresh ripe berries but not overly jammy, a good amount of acidity, firm but not gritty tannins and a fairly long finish.  Purchased this from Merrill (owner/winemaker) just about a year a... Read More

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  • Epica Cabernet Sauvignon 2015


    Mary's Christmas gift from Anne on 12/30/2017. Another quality wine from this vineyard. Mary likes the Red Blend from this vineyard a little better. Read More

    Wine review by raindance

  • The history of Keenan Winery started over 40 years ago. It is located high ... ... of intensely concentrated Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Merlot, and Zinfandel. Robert Parker Jr has on numerous occasions rated the wines between 90 and 97 points. The Robert Keenan Winery is committed to quality, and it shows through every bot... Read More

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  • BLM -  I did not try the La Finca Malbec.  I believe I did try the ... good.  That was an all Cabernet Sauvignon party, and it didn't stand up well to most of the other wines.  I think it's below $20 at the market.  Yes, it's a Happy New Year for all of us.  Same to you too.  Sandra chose wisely with that 2011 Burgundy and I did have a taste -... Read More

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  • Argentina is a key player on the 21st century wine scene. Hands down, the ... ... ... texture. 90 pts. Cabernet SauvignonCarmelo Patti Cabernet Sauvignon Lujan de Cuyo 2007Nice complexity here with savory mineral notes of loamy earth, baking spice and classic black fruit components - mostly black currant and blackberry. Silky, sultry and eleg... Read More

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  • I taste a lot of California wine in any given year. There are so many ... ... ... price point. Alpha Omega Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 2014Surprisingly delicate aromas of lavender and violet with soft black cherry and blackberry notes, dark plum and a bit of earth. Dense and rich palate of dark blackberry and black currant fruit, thick dark chocol... Read More

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