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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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  • Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1986 Front Label
    Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1986
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Charles Krug Vintage Select Cabernet Sauvignon 1986 Front Label
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    • Inglenook Reunion Cabernet Sauvignon 1986 Front Label
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      • Kenwood Sonoma County Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon 1986 Front Label
        Kenwood Sonoma County Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon 1986
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        • Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve 1986 Front Label
          Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve 1986
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          • Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum - no label) 1986
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            • Silverado Limited Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1986 Front Label
              Silverado Limited Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1986
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            • Forman Cabernet Sauvignon 1986 Front Label
              Forman Cabernet Sauvignon 1986
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            • Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1986 Front Bottle Shot
              Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1986
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              • Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1986 Front Label
                Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1986
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              • Silver Oak Napa Valley Bonny's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1986 Front Label
                Silver Oak Napa Valley Bonny's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1986
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              • Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 1986 Front Label
                Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 1986
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              • Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1986 Front Label
                Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1986
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              • Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1986 Front Label
                Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1986
                Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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                • Diamond Creek Volcanic Hill Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1986
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                  • Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (slightly torn labels) 1986 Front Label
                    Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (slightly torn labels) 1986
                    Cabernet Sauvignon from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
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                  • Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum - no label) 1986 Front Label
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                    • Diamond Creek Red Rock Terrace Cabernet Sauvignon 1986 Front Label
                      Diamond Creek Red Rock Terrace Cabernet Sauvignon 1986
                      Cabernet Sauvignon from Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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                    • Diamond Creek Volcanic Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 1986 Front Label
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                      • Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 1986 Front Label
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                        • Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow Cabernet Sauvignon 1986 Front Label
                          Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow Cabernet Sauvignon 1986
                          Cabernet Sauvignon from Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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                        • Mayacamas Cabernet Sauvignon 1986 Front Bottle Shot
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