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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  • A few recent purchases. Thanks to RCKR1951 for the H3 Blend suggestion, this ... Garnacha, 30% Mazuelo, 25% Cabernet SauvignonHaven't tried yet, but I anticipate happiness. (-:Domaine Rolet Arbois 2011, France/Jura40% Poulsard, 30% Pinot, 30% TrousseauHaven't tried yet, really interested in this one. Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Smith Madrone Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

    Snoothrank:

    A nose of forest floorstrong suggestion of olive. On the tongue a nice, subtle introduction of cassis. As the wine moves back I have to notice the very subdued tannin. My experience with Spring Mountain cabs is that they are tannic monsters. Some earthiness. While this is a firm, full-bodied wine, it is not causing my mouth and tongue to pu... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Château le Grand Verdus Bordeaux Supérieur Aoc Grande Réserve 2011

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    started out very spicy, but mellowed to a fruity palate after some breaths, mainly blackcurrants Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Bovin Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

    Snoothrank:

    Purchased at Binny's, 12/2016. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Epica Red 2014

    Snoothrank:

    Purchased at Binny's, 12/2016. I have no idea what varietals are in this wine, ... ... and it is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere and Syrah, the mystery of love has been solved. Bought a case in 01/201 Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Chateau Cantemerle Haut-Médoc 2006

    Snoothrank:

    A little astringent yet but very. Doses of red berry fruits, blackberry and violets on the nose that follow to the palate well. Additional spice, earth and framing tannins balanced with good acidity leave leaves wanting more. Still has 3-5 years left. Drink or hold - 91 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Squadra Rosso 2014

    Snoothrank:

    Red fruit forward, luscious wine. Then on day three, started losing power in the fridge. Drink in two days. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Yes, my name is a misnomer... I drink so much pinot (scm, Sonoma coast, etc) that I would probably test DNA positive for Dijon clones!I will find myself up valley for a brief visit soon.  I am wondering if anyone knows some nice wineries  or wine bars to visit off season.  I know some might be closed. I am NOT into the big tour/experience. Just ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Napa advice holiday time


  • Dives Winery 2013

    Snoothrank:

    This had an odd petrol nose on the initial whiff but after a minute of swirling it bleed off to reveal raspberry, pomegranite, floral nose of roses, light tannins and good acidity. Drink now - 86 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • La Massa Toscana IGT 2012

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    Full bodied and generous in depth, fruit, spice with daek cherry, blackberry, vallin, spice and earthy tones with chocolate. Well framed with balanced tannins and acid. Well done - 91 points drink now - Paul. Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


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