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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  • Redwood Creek Cab NV

    Snoothrank:

    Enjoying on a warm summer day....very fresh and fruit forward. The alcohol is superbly well hidden and smooth from start to finish! Ripe, rich cherry and blackberry is complimented by a hint of licorice on the finish! Highly recommended and will buy again...especially at $8/bottle Canadian! Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Lot 119 Alexander Valley Meritage 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by Joyjoy123


  • Pruett Lucky Lauren Red 2012

    Snoothrank:

    From the back label78% Syrah/22% Cabernet Sauvignon. Subdued nose. Some barnyard hints, some prune. On the tongue, again it takes a second to detect the sensations. Again, the fruit that emerges is prunewithout the sweetness. Mushroom earthiness. Some leatherthat might be the Cabernet Sauvignon talking. Serious tannin and serious acid sug... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • I opened my first Pruett a couple months ago and really liked it.  This ... ... blend of Syrah (78%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (22%).  I assume that the blend changes from year to year. So, even though this one could be called a Syrah varietal bottling, I'm guessing that the marketing strategy at Pruett is to have the flexibility to describe it a... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Louis Martini Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by Joyjoy123


  • February seasonal temperatures in Napa Valley can be remarkably cool and wet, ... ... the estate, with mostly Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc vineyards left to finis Read More

    Forum post in the topic Keenan Vineyards and Winery...


  • Mas de Bicary Gaillac 2001

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    I bought this bottle on-line from www.confitdirect.co.uk for £10 Gaillac is an ... of a blend of merlot,syrah,cabernet sauvignon and two local grapes,,braucol [sometimes called fer servadou,a late ripening grape grown in south-west France ] and duras [which is only grown in the upper Tarn valley and has no connection to the Cotes de Duras AOC].... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Yes, Jon, I am envious.  I have the Quivet, but I have no Carters.Wow, Al, ... ... I found myself in the Cabernet Sauvignon section.  Oh crap. There's that 2012 Lewis Napa Valley cab for which I have been waiting almost as long as I'd been waiting for the Lytton Springs.  I have never had a Lewis cab, but I've loved multiple Lewis white wines,... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Italians love Champagne. They enjoy an age-old custom of beginning a meal with ... as Chardonnay, Pinot Bianco, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Barbera, Merlot, Nebbiolo and others, are designated as DOC Terre di Franciacorta or Curtefranca. Franciacorta’s soil is glacial moraine with limestone and a chalky subsoil, ideal for Chardonnay, P... Read More

    From the article Franciacorta is the Next Champagne


  • Ste. Chapelle Cabernet Sauvignon Snake River Valley 2012

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    Light raspberry and cherry aromas on the nose with a touch of clay and cinnamon. Cherry bubblegum flavors on the palate with a light mouthfeel, a touch of dusty earth and medium-minus acidity come together on this light bodied selection. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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