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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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    Maybach Family Vineyards Materium (375ML half-bottle) 2012
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  • Round Pond Estate Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML) 2012 Front Label
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  • Ladera Howell Mountain Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
    Ladera Howell Mountain Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
    Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2012
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  • Crossbarn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML Half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
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  • Faust Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
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  • Hall Kathryn Hall Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
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  • Quintessa (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
    Quintessa (375ML half-bottle) 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Shafer One Point Five Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
    Shafer One Point Five Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
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    Cabernet Sauvignon from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
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  • Switchback Ridge Peterson Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2012  Front Label
    Switchback Ridge Peterson Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2012
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