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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  • One California wine writer is saying the state's best cabernet sauvignon can be found high in the mountains above Santa Cruz, not down in the Valley. Wine columnist Laurie Daniel recently lauded Ridge Vineyards in an article in the San Luis Obispo-based newspaper The Tribune, saying the estate's Monte Bello may very well be the California's fine... Read More

    From the article California's Best Cabernet? SLO's Tribune Says Head for the Hills

  • MW, you mentioned Keenan above.  I have been one of their apostles for ... tannic and has the heft of a Cabernet Sauvignon.  It is not, particularly, fruity.  To me the Carneros bottling is not as consistent.I will also speak up for Merlot from Washington.  One of my good wine experiences in the last few months was the Uriah bottling from Spri... Read More

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  • Don’t call it Champagne. You’ll get us in trouble.But it’s sometimes difficult to hold your tongue. Mainly because Cremant de Bourgogne is made in the very same way as those much more expensive wines produced by our neighbors to the north. A well-made Cremant is a joy. A wine you can pull out for any occasion at a fraction of the price of the mi... Read More

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  • Chateau Laurou Tradition Aoc Fronton 2005


    Sediment! So rare. Some spice and tannin. Seemed characteristic of France. I'm not sure I'd enjoy it as much if I didn't go to France. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899

  • The third time wasn't the charm for red wine at the Great Northwest Wine ... Estate's 2012 Electrum Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain), best white (Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2014 Dry Rock Sauvignon Blanc, Okanagan Valley), best sparkling (Michelle Sparkling NV Brut Rosé, Columbia Valley) and best dessert (Mt. Hood Winery 2012 Glacier, Co... Read More

    From the article Pink Power: Rose Takes Crown at Wine Competition

  • Yes, seasoned steak with a Cabernet Sauvignon.  I also would prefer a nice lamb or perhaps even a pork chop with a Bordeaux wine.  I wonder what wine pairs well with escargot?  Not that I would try it.Try a few Napa / Somona cabs from Barnette and Repris.  I also like Silver Oak but they can be pretty expensive.   Read More

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  • Oh look, I have another 2010 Montoya Cabernet Sauvignon.  These still are tasty but I do prefer some of the higher-end cabs we've been buying. Read More

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  • Antica Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2008


    I thought this was a great wine. Very smooth. Read More

    Wine review by phelps5

  • Chateau Lagrange 2008


    From the better-than-average 2008 vintage, this edition of Chateau Lagrange is reflective of "Vieux Bordeaux"; there is a sharper, more cranberry nose with the usual blackberry; on the palate, there is a thinner, more tart impact with cedar plank , vanilla and ripe blackberry topped by a fine tannic structure. Finish is long. A fine claret with... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • I am a life long wine enthusiast with a preference for Bordeaux, particularly if consumed at maturity. I do enjoy wines from other parts of the world but find I like the ones that have a claret style best. I dislike CA/domestic  fruit bombs that seem so prevalent and popular in the U S.My bias toward Bordeaux was probably set when a friend of mi... Read More

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