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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. 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 is right at home 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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  • Von Strasser Diamond Mountain Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1999 Front Label
    Von Strasser Diamond Mountain Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1999
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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    Yalumba The Menzies Cabernet Sauvignon 1999
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Coonawarra, South Australia, Australia
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  • Shafer Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1999 Front Label
    Shafer Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1999
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  • Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 1999 Front Label
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  • Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 1999 Front Label
    Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 1999
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Fisher Vineyards Wedding Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1999 Front Label
    Fisher Vineyards Wedding Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1999
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California
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    Araujo Altagracia 1999
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  • Paul Hobbs Beckstoffer Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1999 Front Label
    Paul Hobbs Beckstoffer Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1999
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1999 Front Label
    Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1999
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
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  • Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 1999 Front Label
    Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 1999
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  • Noon Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1999 Front Label
    Noon Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1999
    Cabernet Sauvignon from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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  • Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 1999 Front Label
    Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 1999
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  • Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (chipped was capsule) 1999 Front Label
    Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (chipped was capsule) 1999
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Clark-Claudon Cabernet Sauvignon 1999 Front Label
    Clark-Claudon Cabernet Sauvignon 1999
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (stained label) 1999 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (stained label) 1999
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 1999
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  • Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon 1999 Front Label
    Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon 1999
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  • Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999 Front Label
    Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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    Behrens & Hitchcock Ink Grade Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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