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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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    Kamen Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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    Cabernet Sauvignon from North Coast, California
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    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    Clarendon Hills Hickinbotham Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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  • Quilceda Creek Galitzine Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
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    Cabernet Sauvignon from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Joseph Phelps Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
    Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon (bin soiled label) 2005 Front Label
    Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon (bin soiled label) 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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    Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2005  Front Label
    Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
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    Chappellet Pritchard Hill Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
    Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    Casanova di Neri Pietradonice 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Tuscany, Italy
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    Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    Schrader Beckstoffer To Kalon Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    Schrader CCS Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
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    Paul Hobbs Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
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    Hall Kathryn Hall Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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