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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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  • Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1996  Front Label
    Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (bin soiled label) 1996  Front Bottle Shot
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  • Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
    Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1996  Front Label
    Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
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  • Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve 1996  Front Label
    Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
    Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Penfolds Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
    Penfolds Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Australia
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  • Raymond Generations Cabernet Sauvignon 1996  Front Label
    Raymond Generations Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
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  • Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon (bin soiled labels) 1996 Front Label
    Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon (bin soiled labels) 1996
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    • Bryant Family Cabernet Sauvignon 1996  Front Label
      Bryant Family Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
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    • Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1996  Front Label
      Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Knights Valley, Sonoma County, 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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      • Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon 1996  Front Label
        Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
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      • Kenwood Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
        Kenwood Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
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      • Dunn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
        Dunn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
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      • Altamura Cabernet Sauvignon 1996  Front Label
        Altamura Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
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        • Cardinale Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
          Cardinale Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
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        • Rodney Strong Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1996  Front Label
          Rodney Strong Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
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          • Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon Cave Collection 1996  Front Label
            Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon Cave Collection 1996
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          • Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
            Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
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            • Groth Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
              Groth Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
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              • Etude Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
                Etude Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
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              • Diamond Creek Red Rock Terrace Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
                Diamond Creek Red Rock Terrace Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
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                • Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (wine stained label) 1996  Front Label
                  Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (wine stained label) 1996
                  Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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                  • Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
                    Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
                    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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