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

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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  • California

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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...

  • 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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    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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    Named 2007 Winemaker of the Year by the Sonoma County Harvest Fair, winemaker Michael Loykasek ha...

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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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    Inspired by the scenic roads that wander through California’s stunning wine country, Rafael Jofre...

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    It has been more than hundred years since California wine pioneer Jean Laurent quarried stone fro...

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Cabernet Sauvignon on Snooth

  • EM - Yes, I was happy to find that Cakebread Chardonnay at a reasonable price ... ... This tastes like a Cabernet Sauvignon to me.  Eighteen months in the barrel must be the trick!  I justify opening this wine because I spent 5.5 hours painting the guest bathroom today after doing a 2 mile walk with my 88 year old father in la Read More

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  • Col di Sasso Direct Italy Red Blend 2006

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    Very strange. I think there's something wrong with the bottle I purchased. It's very thin and had no aroma. It tastes somewhat like watered down port. Perhaps it has something to do with the screw top cap? Won't try again! Read More

    Wine review by Deborah207


  • Mud in the vineyards, transportation delays elsewhere because of the rain, (in ... multiple ways (see below). Cabernet sauvignon and petit verdot, and to a slightly lesser extent merlot and malbec, are considered fairly indestructible. (Interesting that the Bordeaux varieties have evolved/been shaped to deal with the dampness of their home env... Read More

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  • If I may, I would like to ask some questions about rain during the harvest. My ... ... above he mentions that Cabernet Sauvignon grape clusters are "loose," and, as such, are less affected by the rain.  I think what he is saying is that there is more air circulating around individual grapes.  This allows rain water that falls on these grapes ... Read More

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  • Chateau Bois Pertuis Bordeaux 2012

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    A bit oaky on the nose but also quite fruity with plummy aromas and some blueberry and blackcurrant accents all topped with peppery spice and hints of vanilla and clove. Soft in the mouth, supple with modest acidity lending this a rich and slightly thick feel on the palate. the tannins are also ripe and soft and this sort of seeps across the pal... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Exem Bordeaux 2011

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    At first a bit sweet and raspberry scented on the nose with some soapy floral notes, a touch of wood spice and some mineral steely accents emerging with air. Bright acids in the mouth lend this a refreshing and bright feel. Rather medium light bodied with lovely raspberry and red currant fruit that carries with it the lightly sweet suggestion fo... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Chateau Labrousse Blaye Cotes de Bordeaux 2012

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    Nuanced on the nose with hints of dried flowers and herbs creeping from the glass followed by a lovely spice notes, more violet accents, a hint of rosemary and black currant fruit. A bit round and fruity on entry then this quickly gains focus in the mouth with notes of tobacco, ash, ands soil emerging early on the palate followed by and elegant ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Provenance Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford 2006

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    Herbal, viney nose but with some hints of berry fruit. Initial hit of currants on the tip of the tongue. Then, there are hits from tannin and acid. A perfectly functional wine, but it does not seem to have much depth and complexity. Additional air seemed to calm down the tannin, but that only seemed to add to the berry fruit. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Alexander Valley-Cabernet Sauvignon Franc

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    No written review

    Wine review by Lhers


  • Sullivan Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford Napa Valley 2012

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    The wine is a lovely ruby color in the glass with a dark indigo towards the center, classic Cabernet. The nose is not at all what I expected, rather than a blast of fruit like so many Cabernets today, this one had aromas of plum, raisin and graphite, overlaid with some notes of vanilla. The taste is quite nice, very warm and approachable, some... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • 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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