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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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    Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
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    Quilceda Creek Galitzine Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Hundred Acre Few and Far Between Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    Hundred Acre Few and Far Between Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Shafer One Point Five Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
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    Cabernet Sauvignon from South Australia, Australia
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  • Darioush Signature Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    Darioush Signature Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2008  Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Nickel & Nickel C.C. Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    Nickel & Nickel C.C. Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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    Frog's Leap Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 2008
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  • Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
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  • Groth Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008 Front Label
    Groth Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
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    Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    Joseph Phelps Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
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    Frog's Leap Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
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    Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Lokoya Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    Lokoya Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California
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    Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Cardinale Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    Cardinale Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
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