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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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  • Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve 1985 Front Label
    Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve 1985
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • Diamond Creek Volcanic Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 1985  Front Label
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    • Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon (signed) 1985  Front Label
      Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon (signed) 1985
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    • Diamond Creek Red Rock Terrace Cabernet Sauvignon 1985 Front Label
      Diamond Creek Red Rock Terrace Cabernet Sauvignon 1985
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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      • Kenwood Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon 1985 Front Label
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      • Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 1985
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        • Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum - signed) 1985
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          • Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1985 Front Bottle Shot
            Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1985
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
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          • William Hill Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1985
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            • Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon (9 Liter) 1985
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            • Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1985 Front Label
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            • La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 1985 Front Label
              La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 1985
              Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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            • Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1985
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            • Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1985 Front Label
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            • Silver Oak Napa Valley Bonny's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1985  Front Label
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              • Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1985 Front Label
                Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1985
                Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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              • Groth Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1985 Front Label
                Groth Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1985
                Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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              • Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 1985
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              • Robert Pepi Vine Hill Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter) 1985
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                • Clos Du Val Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1985  Front Label
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                    • Silver Oak Alexander Valley Bonny's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1985 Front Label
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