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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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    • Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon (stained label) 1988 Front Label
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      • Simi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1988 Front Label
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        • Mayacamas Cabernet Sauvignon 1988 Front Label
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          • Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1988 Front Label
            Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1988
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            • Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (torn labels) 1988 Front Label
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            • Silver Oak Napa Valley Bonny's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1988 Front Label
              Silver Oak Napa Valley Bonny's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1988
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            • Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 1988 Front Label
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              • Cardinale Cabernet Sauvignon 1988
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                • Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1988
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                  • Gundlach Bundschu Vintage Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1988
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                    • Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1988  Front Label
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                      • Kenwood Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon 1988 Front Label
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                        • Jordan 1985 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1988
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                          • Grace Family Cabernet 1988
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                            • Jordan Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1988
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                              • Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1988 Front Label
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                              • Joseph Phelps Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1988 Front Label
                                Joseph Phelps Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1988
                                Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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                                • Beringer Chabot Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1988 Front Label
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                                  • Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1988
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                                      • Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve 1988
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                                        • Groth Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1988 Front Label
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                                          • Louis Martini Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1988
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                                            • Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1988 Front Label
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