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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 1996  Front Label
    Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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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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  • Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1996  Front Label
    Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
    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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  • 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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  • Quintessa  1996 Front Label
    Quintessa 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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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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    • 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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    • Penfolds Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
      Penfolds Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Australia
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    • Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
      Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, 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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      • Rodney Strong Alexander's Crown Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
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        • Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon (bin soiled labels) 1996 Front Label
          Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon (bin soiled labels) 1996
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          • Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1996  Front Label
            Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California
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            • Lokoya Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
              Lokoya Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
              Cabernet Sauvignon from Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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            • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
              Stag's Leap Wine Cellars S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
              Cabernet Sauvignon from 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
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              • Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (bin soiled) 1996 Front Label
                Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (bin soiled) 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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              • St. Francis Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
                St. Francis Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
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              • St. Clement Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
                St. Clement Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
                Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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              • Simi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
                Simi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
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                • Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1996 Front Label
                  Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1996
                  Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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                • Ristow Estate Quinta de Pedras Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L Magnum) 1996 Front Label
                  Ristow Estate Quinta de Pedras Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L Magnum) 1996
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                  • Altamura Cabernet Sauvignon 1996  Front Label
                    Altamura Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
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