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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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  • Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1996 Front Label
    Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1996
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  • Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1996 Front Label
    Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1996
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  • Ristow Estate Quinta de Pedras Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L Magnum) 1996 Front Label
    Ristow Estate Quinta de Pedras Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L Magnum) 1996
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    • Turnbull Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1996
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      • Delectus Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L Magnum) 1996 Front Label
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        • Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter) 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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        • Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 1996 Front Label
          Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 1996
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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        • Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1996 Front Label
          Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1996
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, 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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        • Benziger Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter) 1996
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        • Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 1996 Front Label
          Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 1996
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        • Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 L) 1996 Front Label
          Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 L) 1996
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          • Stonestreet Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 L) 1996
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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            • DeLoach O.F.S. Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) 1996 Front Label
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            • Paradigm Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1996 Front Label
              Paradigm Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1996
              Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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            • Louis Martini Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon (5 Liter Bottle) 1996  Front Label
              Louis Martini Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon (5 Liter Bottle) 1996
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              • Harrison Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L Magnum) 1996
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              • Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1996 Front Label
                Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1996
                Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile
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              • Charles Krug Vintage Select Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1996 Front Label
                Charles Krug Vintage Select Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1996
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              • Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1996 Front Label
                Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1996
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              • Arrowood Reserve Speciale Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1996 Front Label
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              • Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1996 Front Label
                Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1996
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              • Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L Magnum) 1996 Front Label
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                Cabernet Sauvignon from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
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              • Barnett Vineyards Rattlesnake Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L Magnum) 1996 Front Label
                Barnett Vineyards Rattlesnake Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L Magnum) 1996
                Cabernet Sauvignon from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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