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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  • Napa

      There is some debate over how this famous wine region got its name. Spanish settlers named...

  • France

    Perhaps no country evokes such strong associations with fine wine as does France. Its reputatio...

  • Sonoma County

      Wine-making in Sonoma, California began in 1812 when Russian colonists planted grapes at F...

  • USA

    "American Wine" has existed since the first Europeans brought their vinous heritage and tradition...

  • Australia

    The history of wine-making in Australia dates back to the late 1700s when the first European se...

  • California

    Viticulture in California began in the 1700s as Spanish missionaries worked their way north fro...

  • Argentina

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

  • 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...

Popular Wineries using Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Round Hill Vineyards & Cellars

    Rutherford Wine Company is family owned and managed with a portfolio of wines representing the ri...

  • Bond

    BOND: A stable of Napa Valley thoroughbreds — ultimately six Cabernet-based wines — assembled und...

  • Joseph Carr

    Joseph Carr wines are produced at Larson Family Vineyards in Carneros, bordering both Napa and So...

  • CrauforD Wine Co.

    Crauford Wine Company was founded in 2000 by Marilyn Crawford Corley, whose family originated in ...

  • Scarecrow

    T H E S C A R E C R O W S T O R Y The Scarecrow story begins in a patch of earth with a fabled p...

  • Three Thieves

    You may have heard the tale of the Three Thieves, three regular guys who threw away centuries of ...

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Cabernet Sauvignon on Snooth

  • Domaine de l'Etoile 2009

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    it is the best wine yet!!! I'm sad that I can't find it in the stores!!!!! I hope they bring it back to the stores soon! Nothing can compare to this wine!!!! Read More

    Wine review by smilesnlaughs


  • Skylark Wines 'Las Aves' Cabernet Carignan Syrah Blend 2010

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    ok Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Revelry Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

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    Nice cabernet. Fairly strong though. Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Alma Sol Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2010

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    A hot bed of rainbow red fruits on the nose. Ripe plums sprinkled with coconut shavings and black licorice bits fill the palate. This wine is a terrific expression of the fruity, jammy side of the Cabernet grape. Read More

    Wine review by Claudia Angelillo


  • Frog's Leap Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

    Snoothrank:

    Good Read More

    Wine review by mikeg325


  • Piña Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford Firehouse Vineyard 2011

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    Dark ruby and concentrated with an aromatic core of black cherry and prune which vacillates in the glass between jam and a bowl of very ripe whole fruit. The fruit is accented by allspice and spiced meat. The palate is medium-plus in body with matching tannins of fine grain and chalk. Theres more complexity on the palate than on the nose right n... Read More

    Wine review by Fred Swan


  • Frank Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2011

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    Dark ruby with a very purple tone, the complex nose brings baked black cherry, black currant, dark spice, violets, tart blueberry and lavender. The moderate tannins are very fine and chalky on a fresh, yet nearly full-bodied, palate. Flavors include tangy, cooked berries, black cherry, charcoal, dill and lots of dark spice. 89pts Read More

    Wine review by Fred Swan


  • Provenance Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford Napa Valley 2011

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    Another good value from 2011, this wine offers black cherry, moist cereal grain, dark spice and brown sugar on the nose and palate. Its full-bodied with both prominent acidity and firm tannins of fine grain and chalk. A couple of years in the cellar will soften the tannins and release additional depth. 90pts Read More

    Wine review by Fred Swan


  • Conn Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

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    Very fetching and fruit forward with bing cherry, candied cherry, mint, cocoa, brown spice and oak aromatics. The nearly full-bodied nearly full-bodied palate features very fine-grained tannins, medium-plus acidity and long flavors of blackberry cream, spice, oak and tobacco. 91+pts Read More

    Wine review by Fred Swan


  • Frank Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford Winston Hill 2011

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    This wine, decadent and unctuous, may show less vintage influence than any other Rutherford 2011 Ive tasted. Aromas include milk chocolate, coconut, ripe black currants, brown spice and oak. Its full-bodied in the mouth yet balanced by acidity and fine-grained, grippy tannins. Flavors include mint, tart black currant, spice, oak and coconut. 92pts Read More

    Wine review by Fred Swan


  • Full-bodied, plummy, tart, and slightly tannin.

    Comment by 939533Bigfatwino 939533 Bigfatwino


  • how much does a 1.5L of brassfield cabernet sauvignon cost???

    Comment by 1466736mamscan 1466736 mamscan


  • What is it monetary value.

    Comment by 1442058Snoother 1442058 1442058 Snoother 1442058


  • Hello I have a Harvard business school class of 1988 graduate bottle of1985 Sonoma county Cabernet Sauvignon. Produced and bottle by glen Ellen winery and vineyards

    Comment by 1442058Snoother 1442058 1442058 Snoother 1442058


  • there are great tasting cabernet's from different regions that you can buy at the lowest prices I found on www.wineplusjerky.com that are not in stores.

    Comment by 1397821wineplusjerky 1397821 wineplusjerky


  • Recently while in SanFrancisco we enjoyed Cedar Brook Cabernet Sauvignon. can you please tell me if this is available to purchase in australia?

    Comment by 1264574Deryn 1264574 Deryn


  • How ca we get it shipped to Illinois?

    Comment by 1112783lorendunkley 1112783 lorendunkley


  • a wonderfull mellow wine with no acidy after taste

    Comment by 1110919B EDWARDS 1110919 B EDWARDS


  • Thanks Don! Now I become baby for Cab club. Tell me more about great and reasonable Cabs for daily table.

    Comment by 375798hdkizw 375798 hdkizw


  • Where can I get Lilly Pilly Cab Sauv from Australia?

    Comment by 813432ellenruggles 813432 ellenruggles


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