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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  • 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...

  • Argentina

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

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

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    At age 70, I have had at least 50 yrs. of a glass of wine after my evening meals. Just recently,...

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    Our winery is located in Monterey County, California where warm days give way to cool nights a...

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

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

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  • Yatir Winery Forest 2010


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    Wine review by TonyGonzWine

  • I ordered two bottles of 2010 Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley) last Thursday from WTSO ($130 total), and it was supposed to ship that same day - but it didn't go anywhere until last night.  I was going to enjoy one over the weekend but now that my precious wine has arrived, I believe I will enjoy some tonight with a beef pot pie! Read More

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  • Black Stallion Cabernet Sauvignon 2011


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    Wine review by MrRiesling

  • Red blends. It’s a term that has been bandied about quite liberally over ... Veleta Nolados 15% $1640% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Cabernet Franc, 20% Tempranillo Bright currants greet the nose along with lovely sweet baking spice a gently gamy edge and some cedary framing notes. Supple and well balanced on entry, both juicy acids and finely polis... Read More

    From the article "Uncategorically" Red Blends

  • When Tony and Herta (H.B.) purchased their 30-acre Rutherford property in 1982, ... ... known for its legendary Cabernet Sauvignon, Peju produces stellar varieties, including its flagship Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Zinfandel, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and the proprietary red and white Cuvée, Provence. Upon arrival, v... Read More

    From the article Exquisite Wines at Certified Organic Winery Peju

  • On the nose, this Cobbler Mountain Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon has dark berry - blackberry, blueberry, boysenberry, etc.  On the palate my wife thinks it lacks structure and complexity but it's definitely a fruity cab and not as bad as I make it to be.  My overall mouth feel puts it at the bottom of the cab tree.  Read More

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  • We've all bought a bottle of wine that turned out to be a bad procurement ... wine is in my fridge) a 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon from Cobbler Mountain Cellars, a winery located in a beautiful wine region of Virginia called Delaplane.  This is near the RdV winery, one of the best in the state.  Well, the Cobbler Mountain Cellar cab is just awful. ... Read More

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  • Here's a great way to enjoy your grocery shopping trip (Wegmans near ... I ... ... I selected the Oberon Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley.  Our meals were a beef rib pasta for Sandra and spagetti with sausage for myself.  The food was excellent and we enjoyed these wines very muc Read More

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  • Stimson Estate Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2010


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    Wine review by Mollyishome

  • Long before grapevines were planted on the hilltop at Buttonwood Farm Winery & Vineyard, it was home to horses, goats, and chickens; trees bearing fruit, nuts, and olives; and gardens filled with vegetables, herbs, and flowers. And long before the words “sustainable” and “organic” were part of the common vernacular, they were ardently practiced ... Read More

    From the article An Interview with Winemaker Karen Steinwachs from Buttonwood Winery

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