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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
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    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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  • Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1996  Front Label
    Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
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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
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  • Dunn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
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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
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  • Penfolds Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
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    Cabernet Sauvignon from Australia
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  • Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
    Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
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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
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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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  • 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
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  • Kenwood Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
    Kenwood Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California
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  • Harrison Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L Magnum) 1996
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  • Barnett Vineyards Rattlesnake Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
    Barnett Vineyards Rattlesnake Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Quintessa  1996 Front Label
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  • La Jota 15th Anniversary Howell Mt. Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
    La Jota 15th Anniversary Howell Mt. Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Spring Mountain Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
    Spring Mountain Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
    Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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