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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 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1990 Front Bottle Shot
    Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1990
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1990  Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1990
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Sterling Diamond Mountain Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 1990 Front Label
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    • Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 1990 Front Label
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    • Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1990 Front Label
      Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1990
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
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    • Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (chipped wax capsule) 1990 Front Label
      Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (chipped wax capsule) 1990
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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    • Groth Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1990  Front Label
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      • Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1990 Front Label
        Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1990
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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      • Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1990 Front Label
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      • Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 1990 Front Label
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      • La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 1990 Front Label
        La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 1990
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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        • Heitz Cellar Bella Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon 1990 Front Bottle Shot
          Heitz Cellar Bella Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon 1990
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          • Louis Martini Vineyard Selection Cabernet Sauvignon Monte Rosso Vineyard 1990 Front Label
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            • V. Sattui Cabernet Sauvignon 1990
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                • Caves Sao Joao Poco do Lobo Cabernet Sauvignon 1990  Front Label
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                  • Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1990 Front Label
                    Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1990
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                  • Grgich Hills Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 1990 Front Label
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                    • Gundlach Bundschu Vintage Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1990
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                      • Clos Du Val Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 1990 Front Label
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                        • Grgich Hills Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (stained label) 1990 Front Label
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                            • Robert Mondavi Unfiltered Cabernet Sauvignon 1990  Front Label
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                              • Whitehall Lane Leonardini Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1990  Front Label
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