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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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  • Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve 1996  Front Label
    Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
    Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
    Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
    Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
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  • Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
    Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
    Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (scuffed label) 1996 Front Label
    Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (scuffed label) 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1996 Front Label
    Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
    Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1996  Front Label
    Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Penfolds Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
    Penfolds Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Australia
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  • Grgich Hills Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
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    • Simi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
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      • Vineyard 29 Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
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      • Delectus Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L Magnum) 1996 Front Label
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        • Groth Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
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          • Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
            Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
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          • Cardinale Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
            Cardinale Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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          • Etude Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
            Etude Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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          • Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1996 Front Label
            Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1996
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
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          • Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
            Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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            Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
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          • Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 1996 Front Label
            Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 1996
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
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          • Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (bin soiled) 1996 Front Label
            Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (bin soiled) 1996
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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          • Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile
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