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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. 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 is right at home 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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  • Joseph Phelps Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2008  Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Hundred Acre Kayli Morgan Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    Hundred Acre Kayli Morgan Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
    • RP99
    • WE99
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  • Schrader RBS To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    Schrader RBS To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Seven Stones Cabernet Sauvignon 2008  Front Label
    Seven Stones Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • RP94
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  • Merus Cabernet Sauvignon (torn labels) 2008 Front Label
    Merus Cabernet Sauvignon (torn labels) 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Colgin Tychson Hill Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    Colgin Tychson Hill Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
    • RP94
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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008 Front Label
    Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from North Coast, California
    • RP92
    • WS90
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  • Larkmead Solari Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008 Front Label
    Larkmead Solari Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • RP96
    • JS96
    • WS94
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  • Barrett & Barrett Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    Barrett & Barrett Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • RP93
    • WS92
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