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Cabernet Sauvignon

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A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration, Cabernet Sauvignon enjoys success all over the globe. Inherently high in tannins and acidity, the best bottlings of Cabernet can age beautifully for decades. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in temperate climates like Bordeaux where it forms the base of the Medoc reds. These blends are typically mostly Cabernet with Merlot and smaller amounts of some combination of Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. (Enjoying a great deal of success in various regions around the world, this blend is now globally referred to as a Bordeaux Blend.) Cabernet Sauvignon from the Napa Valley is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious, age-worthy and sought-after “cult” wines.

Tasting Notes for Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon is a dry red wine rich in color, tannin and extract. It expresses notes of blackberry, cassis, plum, currant, spice and tobacco. In the Old World you'll often find the more earthy side of Cabernet Sauvignon wine. In warmer regions like California, Washington, Argentina, Chile and Australia, you can typically expect more upfront fruit flavors.

Perfect Food Pairings for Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon wine pairs well with rich, intense meat dishes—beef, lamb and venison, in particular—where its opulent fruit and decisive tannins make an equal match to the dense protein of the meat. With a mature Cabernet, opt for tender, slow-cooked meat dishes.

Sommelier Secrets for Cabernet Sauvignon

Despite the modern importance and ubiquity of Cabernet Sauvignon, it is actually a relatively young variety. In 1997, DNA profiling revealed the grape to be a spontaneous crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc which took place in 17th century southwestern France.

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  • Duckhorn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter - cracked wax capsule) 1991  Front Bottle Shot
    Duckhorn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter - cracked wax capsule) 1991
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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    • Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1991  Front Label
      Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1991
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
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    • Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1991 Front Label
      Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1991
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • Joseph Phelps Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1991 Front Label
      Joseph Phelps Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1991
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • Chateau St. Jean Reserve Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon (6 Liter Bottle) 1991 Front Label
      Chateau St. Jean Reserve Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon (6 Liter Bottle) 1991
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California
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    • Gundlach Bundschu Vintage Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1991
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California
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      • Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 1991 Front Label
        Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 1991
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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      • Chateau St. Jean Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 1991  Front Label
        Chateau St. Jean Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 1991
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California
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        • Vineyard 29 29 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (scuffed label) 1991
          Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
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