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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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    Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
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  • Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 Front Label
    Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 Front Label
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  • PlumpJack Oakville Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 Front Label
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    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Arrowood Reserve Speciale Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 Front Label
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  • Joseph Phelps Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 Front Label
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  • Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon 1997  Front Label
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  • Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1997 Front Label
    Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1997
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Seavey Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 Front Label
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  • Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 Front Bottle Shot
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  • Robert Craig Cellars Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 Front Label
    Robert Craig Cellars Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 Front Label
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  • Cardinale Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 Front Label
    Cardinale Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
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  • Diamond Creek Volcanic Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 1997  Front Label
    Diamond Creek Volcanic Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
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  • Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 Front Label
    Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
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  • Bryant Family Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 Front Label
    Bryant Family Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
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  • Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L Magnum) 1997 Front Label
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  • Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 Front Label
    Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Dehlinger Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 Front Label
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    Cabernet Sauvignon from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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