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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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  • Nickel & Nickel Sullenger Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Nickel & Nickel Sullenger Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Quintessa  2017  Front Label
    Quintessa 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Fay Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Front Label
    Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Fay Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Nickel & Nickel Branding Iron Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Nickel & Nickel Branding Iron Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
    • WW93
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  • Nickel & Nickel C.C. Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Nickel & Nickel C.C. Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
    • V95
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  • Nickel & Nickel Quarry Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Nickel & Nickel Quarry Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
    • WW94
    • WS90
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  • Rombauer Diamond Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Rombauer Diamond Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • WW93
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  • Ramey Cabernet Sauvignon 2015  Front Label
    Ramey Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • WS93
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  • Nickel & Nickel Dogleg Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Nickel & Nickel Dogleg Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
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  • Nickel & Nickel DeCarle Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Nickel & Nickel DeCarle Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
    • WW93
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  • Nickel & Nickel Bear Track Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Nickel & Nickel Bear Track Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • WW93
    • WS91
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  • Nickel & Nickel Vaca Vista Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Nickel & Nickel Vaca Vista Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, California
    • WW92
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