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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
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    Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
    Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1996  Front Label
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  • Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
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  • Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
    Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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    Cabernet Sauvignon from Australia
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  • Flora Springs St. Rutherford Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
    Flora Springs St. Rutherford Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
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  • Bryant Family Cabernet Sauvignon 1996  Front Label
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  • Leonetti Seven Hills Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
    Leonetti Seven Hills Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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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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  • 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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  • Cardinale Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
    Cardinale Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
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  • Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
    Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Etude Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
    Etude Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Dehlinger Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
    Dehlinger Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter) 1996
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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
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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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  • 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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  • Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
    Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1996
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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
    Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from North Coast, California
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