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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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  • Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1996  Front Label
    Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
    Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
    Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
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  • Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
    Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
    Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve 1996 Front Label
    Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Freemark Abbey Bosche Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
    Freemark Abbey Bosche Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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    • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Fay Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
      Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Fay Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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      • Leonetti Seven Hills Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
        Leonetti Seven Hills Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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      • Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (scuffed label) 1996 Front Label
        Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (scuffed label) 1996
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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      • Dunn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
        Dunn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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      • Wynns Coonawarra Estate Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
        Wynns Coonawarra Estate Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Coonawarra, South Australia, Australia
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        • Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
          Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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        • Bodega Norton Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
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            • Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1996  Front Label
              Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
              Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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            • Penfolds Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
              Penfolds Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
              Cabernet Sauvignon from Australia
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            • Rodney Strong Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1996  Front Label
              Rodney Strong Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
              Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California
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              • Gallo of Sonoma Frei Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
                Gallo of Sonoma Frei Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
                Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California
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              • St. Francis Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
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              • Long Meadow Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
                Long Meadow Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
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              • Kendall-Jackson Buckeye Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
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                • Simi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
                  Simi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
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                  • Clos Du Val Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
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