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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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    • Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
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      Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (scuffed label) 1996
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    • Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1996  Front Label
      Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
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    • Penfolds Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
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    • Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
      Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
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    • Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon (bin soiled labels) 1996 Front Label
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      • Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
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      • Bryant Family Cabernet Sauvignon 1996  Front Label
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        Cabernet Sauvignon from Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California
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        • Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon 1996  Front Label
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        • Kenwood Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
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        • Dunn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
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        • Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1996 Front Label
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        • Altamura Cabernet Sauvignon 1996  Front Label
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          • Cardinale Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
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          • Rodney Strong Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1996  Front Label
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              • Etude Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
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              • Diamond Creek Red Rock Terrace Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
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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
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