Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Grape
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Cabernet Sauvignon

(ka-behr-NAY soh-vihn-YOHN)

Cabernet Sauvignon is a red wine grape that remains one of the most widely recognized and popular varietals throughout the world. Despite its prominence in the wine world, the grape has risen relatively quickly given its shorter history as compared to other varietals. Sometime during the 17th century, Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc had crossed and became the parents of a newly developed varietal— Cabernet Sauvignon or “Cab” for short. Cabernet Sauvignon is frequently referred to as the “king of red wines” and is often viewed as a winery’s benchmark wine—one that often gains the most prestige and notoriety. Cabernet Sauvignon is often blended with “fleshy” yielding grapes such as Merlot or Shiraz in order to lower tannin and yield more balanced flavors (by contributing a bit more fruit qualities) and softening structure. Cabernets are almost always aged in new oak for at least one year from harvest and are more likely aged several more years. Cab is also bottle-aged for years to decades in order to soften its tannin otherwise it tastes too raw and astringent. World class examples of Cabernet Sauvignon can often evolve and be aged for decades. In the famous 1976 Paris wine tasting, it was a Napa Valley Cab that was responsible for bringing great fame to California (and overall the New World) when “Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars” won the top place over their Bordeaux counterparts.

  • Aroma/Flavor Components:

Cab offers intense and complex aromas/flavors of baked/dried red and black fruits (cherry, blackberry, plum, and cassis), tobacco (cedar, clove, and cigar), bakeshop (dark chocolate, coffee, and black tea), and garden (eucalyptus, mint, bell pepper, and black olives).

  • Structural Components:

The popularity of Cabernet Sauvignon is often attributed to its ease of cultivation—the grapes have thick skins and the vines are hardy and fairly resistant to vineyard hazards. Cabernet Sauvignon is intense in color and high in tannin (due to its thick skin), medium to full body (most often full, particularly when yields are low), warm to spicy in alcohol (often 13.5 percent for Old World versions versus commonly 14 percent + for New World ones), and medium in acidity.

  • Significant Locations:

Cabernet Sauvignon is grown in nearly every significant wine-producing country through a diverse spectrum of climates and locations. Cab became internationally recognized through its prominence in the red wines from Bordeaux where it’s blended with smaller amounts of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and other varietals. Arguably, “California Cabernet” is equal to or better than “Bordeaux Cabernet,” depending upon your preference of style differences. Over the last hundred years or so, Cab has served as the backbone of some of the world’s most renowned wines from Bordeaux, France, and Tuscany, Italy to Napa Valley, California, Washington state, Australia, and Chile.

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Angelo Cellars 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
2016Cabernet Sauvignon
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Region: Stagecoach Vineyard, Atlas Peak AVA, Napa Valley, CA

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Hersly Wines 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
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Region: Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, CA

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Goldschmidt Vineyards 2013 Game Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon
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Region: Oakville, Napa Valley, CA

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Le Chanceux 2006 Library Cabernet Sauvignon
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Region: Coombsville, Napa Valley, CA

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Sciandri Family Vineyards 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
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Region: Coombsville, Napa Valley, CA

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Terra Valentine 2016 Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon
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Region: Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, CA

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Goldschmidt Vineyards PLUS 2016 Game Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon
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Region: Oakville, Napa Valley, CA

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Hoopes Vineyard 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
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Region: Napa Valley, CA

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Greyscale Wines 2016 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon
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Region: Rutherford, Napa Valley, CA

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Blue Rock Vineyard 2017 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
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Region: Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, CA

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Blue Rock Vineyard 2015 Best Barrels Cabernet Sauvignon
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Region: Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, CA

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Angelo Cellars 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon
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Region: Atlas Peak AVA, Napa Valley, CA

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Laurel Glen Vineyard 2016 Counterpoint Cabernet Sauvignon
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Region: Sonoma Mountain, Sonoma, CA

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Goldschmidt Vineyards "Hilary Goldschmidt" 2018 Charming Creek Cabernet Sauvignon
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Region: Oakville, Napa Valley, CA

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Spann Vineyards 2014 Cross Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
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Region: Moon Mountain District, Sonoma County, CA

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Spann Vineyards 2013 Library 'Thirteen Barrels' Cabernet Sauvignon
2013Bordeaux Style Cabernet Sauvignon
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Region: Mayacamas Range, Sonoma County, CA

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Spann Vineyards 'Lake Family' 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
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Region: Clarksburg County, CA

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