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Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the world's most widely recognized red wine grape varieties, grown in nearly every major wine producing country among a diverse spectrum of climates. For most of the 20th century, it was the world's most widely planted premium red wine grape until it was surpassed by Merlot in the 1990s. Despite its prominence, the grape is a relatively new variety, the product of a chance crossing between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc during the 17th century in southwestern France. Familiarity and ease of pronunciation have helped to sell Cabernet Sauvignon wines to consumers, even when coming from unfamiliar wine regions.

The classic profile of Cabernet Sauvignon tends to be full body with high tannins and noticeable acidity that contributes to the wine's extended aging potential. In cooler climates, Cabernet Sauvignon tends to produce wines with blackcurrant notes that can be accompanied by green bell pepper notes, mint, and cedar, which will all become more pronounced as the wine ages. In more moderate climates, the blackcurrant notes are often mitigated, with black cherry and black olives notes becoming more prominent. In the hottest climates, the currant flavors can veer towards the over-ripe and "jammy" side.

Both Old World and New World styles can be remarkably varied. Bordeaux is the grape's ancestral home, and where it finds the most complex expression. In the wine regions of the Left Bank, the Cabernet influence on the wines shows up in unique fashion according to each sub-region. In St-Estèphe and Pessac-Léognan, the grape develops more mineral flavors. Aromas of violets are a characteristic of Margaux, Pauillac is noted by a strong lead pencil scent, and St-Julien by cedar and cigar boxes, while the southern Graves region is characterized by strong blackcurrant flavors, though in less intense expression overall. The percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon used in the blend will depend on terroir and the winemakers styles as well as the vintage. In Italy, especially the vineyards of Tuscany, Cabernet Sauvignon is characterized by ripe black cherry flavors that can give a perception of sweetness, as well as strong notes of blackcurrant. The wines typically reach an alcohol level around 14% but can still maintain notable levels of balance and finesse.

New World Cabernet is decidely more "consumer friendly." In California, the main stylistic difference in Cabernet Sauvignon is between hillside/mountain vineyards and those on flatter terrain like valley floors or some areas of the Central Valley. In Napa, the hillside vineyards of Diamond Mountain District, Howell Mountain, Mt. Veeder, and Spring Mountain District have thinner, less fertile soils, which produces smaller berries and more intense flavors, reminiscent of Bordeaux wines that require years of aging to mature. The yields are also much lower. Wines produced from mountainside vineyards tend to be characterized by deep, inky colors and strong berry aromas. Throughout California there are many wine regions that have the potential to grow Cabernet Sauvignon to full ripeness and produce fruity, full-bodied wines with alcohol levels regularly above the Bordeaux average of 12–13%. The use of oak in California Cabernet has a long history, with many producers favoring new barrels made predominantly of American oak. Washington Cabernet Sauvignon is characterized by its fruitiness and easy drinking styles that are not overly tannic. Washington AVAs that have seen recent success with their Cabernet Sauvignons include the Columbia Valley, Red Mountain, Walla Walla Valley, and Yakima Valley AVAs.

Cabernet Sauvignon is grown in nearly every South American country including Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Peru and Uruguay. In Chile, the wines were historically limited by the excessively high yields that were commonplace throughout the country. As producers began to concentrate on limiting yields, regional differences began to emerge that distinguished Chilean Cabernets. For vineyard plantings along flat river valleys, the climate of the region is the most important consideration, but as plantings move to higher elevations and along hillsides, soil type is a greater concern. The wines of the Aconcagua region are noted for their ripe fruit but closed, tight structure that needs some time in the bottle to develop. In the Maipo Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon wines are characterized by their pervasive blackcurrant fruit and an earthy, dusty note. In warmer regions, such as the Colchagua Province, the grapes ripen more fully and produce wines with rich, ripe fruit flavors. The wines here are famously approachable for their soft acidity and tannic structure. In Argentina, Cabernet Sauvignon trails Malbec as the country's staple red grape but its numbers are growing. The wines are characterized by lighter fruit flavors and are meant to be consumed young. Premium examples are often blended with Malbec and produce full, tannic wines with savory leather and earthy tobacco notes. In recent years, there have been increased plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon in the Uco Valley of the Mendoza Province.

In the 1980s, Australia followed California's contemporary trend in producing lighter, more "food friendly" wines with alcohol levels around 11-12% percent, but by the early 1990s, the styles changed again to focus on balance and riper fruit flavors. Today, Cabernet Sauvignon is the second most widely planted red grape in Australia, following Shiraz with which it is often blended. It can be found in several wine regions with many large producers using grapes from several states. Notable regional differences characterize Australian Cabernet Sauvignon styles. In the 1970s, the Coonawarra region first brought international attention to Australian Cabernet Sauvignons with intense fruit flavors and subtle mint and herbal notes, owing in large part to its unique, iron-rich terra rossa soils. The Margaret River region soon followed with wines that were tightly structured with pronounced black fruit notes. In contrast to these cooler regions, Barossa Valley produces big, full bodied wines, while the nearby Clare Valley produces wines with more concentrated fruit.

There is no doubt and no argument — Cabernet Sauvignon has taken its place as the king of red wine grapes, and for good reason. There is no other red grape in the world that has availed itself to so many regions, climates, and styles.

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99 points James Suckling: Amazing aromas of Chinese spices, sweet tobacco, incense, anise and dark fruits. Full-bodied, yet tight and reserved. Great density and polish. An entrancing wine. Lasts for minutes on the palate. Already a dream to drink but will improve magnificently. (1/26/17) ...
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Paul Hobbs Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon 2014  (#331598)

Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California

99 points James Suckling: Amazing aromas of Chinese spices, sweet tobacco, incense, anise and dark fruits. Full-bodied, yet tight and reserved. Great density and polish. An entrancing wine. Lasts for minutes on the palate. Already a dream to drink…

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99 points James Suckling: Intensely scented dried flowers on the nose in the rose to lilac spectrum. Raspberry and blackberry undertones. Rose perfumes. It's full-bodied, yet everything's in finesse. Superfine tannins coat your palate and give you incredible length, and it all last for minutes on… ...
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Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Estate 2014  (#330886)

Cabernet Sauvignon from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California

99 points James Suckling: Intensely scented dried flowers on the nose in the rose to lilac spectrum. Raspberry and blackberry undertones. Rose perfumes. It's full-bodied, yet everything's in finesse. Superfine tannins coat your palate and give you…

750ml Bottle | In stock, 3 available
94+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The 2014 Bonnes-Mares from François Bertheau is a classic example of both this high-quality vintage and this outstanding terroir. The bouquet is youthfully complex and quite pure, wafting from the glass in a blend of cherries, red plums, a touch of… ...
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Bertheau/FranCois Bonnes Mares 2014  (#332007)

Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

94+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The 2014 Bonnes-Mares from François Bertheau is a classic example of both this high-quality vintage and this outstanding terroir. The bouquet is youthfully complex and quite pure, wafting from the glass…

750ml Bottle | In stock, 6 available
95 points Tim Atkin, MW: Showing the slight reduction that often seems to be a feature of this Premier Cru in its youth, and not only chez Olivier Bernstein, this is next to Champeaux but is very different in character, with more weight and power. Sweet berry fruit, stylish oak and filigree tannins.… ...
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Bernstein/Olivier Gevrey-Chambertin 1er cru Cazetiers 2014  (#332712)

Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

95 points Tim Atkin, MW: Showing the slight reduction that often seems to be a feature of this Premier Cru in its youth, and not only chez Olivier Bernstein, this is next to Champeaux but is very different in character, with more weight and power.…

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94+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The 2014 Latricières-Chambertin from Domaine Bize is another excellent bottle in the making. The bouquet is deep, pure and youthfully superb in its blend of black plums, cassis, bitter chocolate, gamebirds, fresh herb tones, woodsmoke and a complex base… ...
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Bize Latricieres-Chambertin 2014  (#329852)

Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

94+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The 2014 Latricières-Chambertin from Domaine Bize is another excellent bottle in the making. The bouquet is deep, pure and youthfully superb in its blend of black plums, cassis, bitter chocolate,…

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97 points Tim Atkin, MW: It’s always interesting to compare this tiny production of Clos des Lambrays (all 180 litres of it) with what’s produced in the rest of the Grand Cru. Super fine and ethereal, this is sappy and refreshing with no whole bunches and layers of sweet summer berry fruit.… ...
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Lambrays Clos des Lambrays 2014  (#326710)

Pinot Noir from Morey-St.-Denis, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

97 points Tim Atkin, MW: It’s always interesting to compare this tiny production of Clos des Lambrays (all 180 litres of it) with what’s produced in the rest of the Grand Cru. Super fine and ethereal, this is sappy and refreshing with no whole…

750ml Bottle | In stock, 8 available
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The 2014 Corton-Renardes is earth-driven and structured, full of bright red cherry notes and soil-tinged minerality. ...
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Bize Corton-Renardes 2014  (#332748)

Pinot Noir from Côtes de Beaune, Burgundy, France

The 2014 Corton-Renardes is earth-driven and structured, full of bright red cherry notes and soil-tinged minerality.

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80% whole clusters. Barrel aged 14 months in 40% new oak and 60% 1, 2 and 3-year-old oak. Brilliant deep ruby. A nose of red berries slightly closed with a smoked touch. The mouth is fresh with one finale powerful. Pair with roasted pigeon and French-style peas. ...
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Duband/David Clos de Vougeot 2014  (#334155)

Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

80% whole clusters. Barrel aged 14 months in 40% new oak and 60% 1, 2 and 3-year-old oak. Brilliant deep ruby. A nose of red berries slightly closed with a smoked touch. The mouth is fresh with one finale powerful. Pair with roasted pigeon and French…

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93 points Wine Spectator: There's beautiful purity here, offering rose, cherry, cinnamon and mineral aromas and flavors, backed by a solid, well-integrated structure. Harmonious and long, with plenty of fruit echoing on the aftertaste. Best from 2019 through 2032. 7 cases imported. (2017) ...
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Clavelier Vosne-Romanee 1er cru Les Beaux Monts 2014  (#331941)

Pinot Noir from Vosne-Romanée, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

93 points Wine Spectator: There's beautiful purity here, offering rose, cherry, cinnamon and mineral aromas and flavors, backed by a solid, well-integrated structure. Harmonious and long, with plenty of fruit echoing on the aftertaste. Best from 2019…

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91-93 points Neal Martin (Wine Advocate): ...comes from the domaine's smallest holding at 0.25ha. It has a pure, tightly wound bouquet with black cherries and strawberry pastilles, floral tones emerging with time. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin. There is good nervosité here, tangible… ...
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Clair/Bruno Gevrey-Chambertin 1er cru Petite Chapelle 2014  (#329222)

Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

91-93 points Neal Martin (Wine Advocate): ...comes from the domaine's smallest holding at 0.25ha. It has a pure, tightly wound bouquet with black cherries and strawberry pastilles, floral tones emerging with time. The palate is medium-bodied with…

750ml Bottle | In stock, 3 available
94+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): ...The bouquet is flat out stunning, offering up a complex and exotic nose of black cherries, plums, sarsaparilla, just marvelous soil tones, a potpourri of sweet herb tones and a topnote of woodsmoke... On the palate the wine is deep, pure and full… ...
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Rhys Pinot Noir Santa Cruz Mountains Skyline Vineyard 2014  (#331444)

Pinot Noir from Santa Cruz Mountains, California

94+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): ...The bouquet is flat out stunning, offering up a complex and exotic nose of black cherries, plums, sarsaparilla, just marvelous soil tones, a potpourri of sweet herb tones and a topnote of woodsmoke...…

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95 points Tim Atkin, MW: Influenced by the proximity of the village, which provides a little more heat and protection, this vineyard is now 60 years old. The resulting wine is typically subtle and aromatic, with delicate tannins, sweet red cherry and wild strawberry fruit. Wonderfully subtle. 2016… ...
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Barthod/Ghislaine Chambolle-Musigny 1er cru Les Gruenchers 2014  (#332127)

Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

95 points Tim Atkin, MW: Influenced by the proximity of the village, which provides a little more heat and protection, this vineyard is now 60 years old. The resulting wine is typically subtle and aromatic, with delicate tannins, sweet red cherry and…

750ml Bottle | In stock, 12 available
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