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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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94 points Luis Gutiérrez (Wine Advocate): ...This is balsamic, a little earthy and especially elegant, insinuating rather than in-your-face. The palate is very sleek, with super refined tannins and very good freshness. This was the last Lazuli blended by the late Paul Pontallier of Château Margaux.… ...
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Aquitania Cabernet Sauvignon Maipo Valley Lazuli 2014  (#701808)

Cabernet Sauvignon from Maipo Valley, Central Valley, Chile

[ 94 points Luis Gutiérrez (Wine Advocate): ...This is balsamic, a little earthy and especially elegant, insinuating rather than in-your-face. The palate is very sleek, with super refined tannins and very good freshness. This was the last Lazuli blended by the late Paul Pontallier of Château Margaux. This certainly over delivers for the price asked. This has great elegance and should age for a very long time. Drink: 2017-2024. (Apr 2017) ] 94 points Luis Gutiérrez (Wine Advocate): ...This is balsamic, a little earthy and especially elegant, insinuating rather than in-your-face. The palate is very sleek, with super refined tannins and very good freshness. This was the last Lazuli…

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96 points Robert Parker: The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Mountain tastes like a first-growth Pauillac. Notes of licorice, crème de cassis, graphite, beef blood and forest floor are all present in this full-bodied, extraordinarily pure, majestic wine that coats the palate, but is neither heavy… ...
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Lokoya Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Mountain 2012  (#324689)

Cabernet Sauvignon from Diamond Mountain, Napa Valley, California

[ 96 points Robert Parker: The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Mountain tastes like a first-growth Pauillac. Notes of licorice, crème de cassis, graphite, beef blood and forest floor are all present in this full-bodied, extraordinarily pure, majestic wine that coats the palate, but is neither heavy nor harsh. This magnificent, dramatic Cabernet should continue to drink well for 20-25 years. (Oct 2014) ] 96 points Robert Parker: The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Mountain tastes like a first-growth Pauillac. Notes of licorice, crème de cassis, graphite, beef blood and forest floor are all present in this full-bodied, extraordinarily pure, majestic…

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100 points Wine Advocate: Composed of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot, the deep purple-black colored 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon has a beautiful nose of dried roses, lavender and Chinese five spice over a core of warm blackcurrants, kirsch and wild blueberries, plus wafts… ...
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Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Estate 2015  (#332963)

Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California

[ 100 points Wine Advocate: Composed of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot, the deep purple-black colored 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon has a beautiful nose of dried roses, lavender and Chinese five spice over a core of warm blackcurrants, kirsch and wild blueberries, plus wafts of fallen leaves and dusty earth. The medium to full-bodied palate features the most amazing intensity of perfumed red, black and blue fruit flavors supported by exquisitely fine-grained tannins and seamless freshness, finishing with epic length and depth. Truly stunning. Drink: 2019-2049. (Oct 2017) -Lisa Perrotti-Brown ] 100 points Wine Advocate: Composed of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot, the deep purple-black colored 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon has a beautiful nose of dried roses, lavender and Chinese five spice over a core of warm…

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92 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): Montelena's 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is gorgeous. Pliant and supple, the 2015 offers notable density and raciness in an up-front style that will drink well upon release. Succulent red/purplish fruit, spice, new leather and licorice are front and center. A wine of… ...
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Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2015  (#331601)

Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California

[ 92 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): Montelena's 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is gorgeous. Pliant and supple, the 2015 offers notable density and raciness in an up-front style that will drink well upon release. Succulent red/purplish fruit, spice, new leather and licorice are front and center. A wine of total allure, the 2015 hits all the right spots. Best of all, at $62 a bottle it is one of the best values readers will find in Napa Valley Cabernet. Don't miss it. Drink: 2020-2030. (Jan 2018) ] 92 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): Montelena's 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is gorgeous. Pliant and supple, the 2015 offers notable density and raciness in an up-front style that will drink well upon release. Succulent red/purplish fruit, spice, new…

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93 points James Suckling: The largest production cuvée, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon was vinified in tank before being pressed to barrel where it went through malo. Aged 13 months in barrels, its vibrant purple color is followed by a terrific bouquet of blueberries, cassis, scorched earth, and spice.… ...
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Wines of Substance Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2016  (#332881)

Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington

[ 93 points James Suckling: The largest production cuvée, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon was vinified in tank before being pressed to barrel where it went through malo. Aged 13 months in barrels, its vibrant purple color is followed by a terrific bouquet of blueberries, cassis, scorched earth, and spice. Deep, rich, full-bodied, and beautifully balanced, this is the real deal, ladies and gentlemen, and it's a no-brainer purchase. Just pretend you paid three times the price. Drink: 2018-2025. (4/5/18) ] 93 points James Suckling: The largest production cuvée, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon was vinified in tank before being pressed to barrel where it went through malo. Aged 13 months in barrels, its vibrant purple color is followed by a terrific bouquet…

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96 points James Halliday (Wine Companion): Destemmed, crushed, matured for 12 months in French oak (40% new). The unadorned purity of this cabernet follows precisely in the footsteps of its predecessors. It is unlike most other Margaret River cabernets, a red brother to the Art Series Chardonnay,… ...
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Leeuwin Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Art Series 2013  (#702062)

[ 96 points James Halliday (Wine Companion): Destemmed, crushed, matured for 12 months in French oak (40% new). The unadorned purity of this cabernet follows precisely in the footsteps of its predecessors. It is unlike most other Margaret River cabernets, a red brother to the Art Series Chardonnay, even if not quite as magical as that wine. The '13 regional vintage was highly rated at the time, a rating justified today. Alcohol 13.5%. Drink By: 2038. Date Tasted: 21 Feb 2017. (Aug 2017) ] 96 points James Halliday (Wine Companion): Destemmed, crushed, matured for 12 months in French oak (40% new). The unadorned purity of this cabernet follows precisely in the footsteps of its predecessors. It is unlike most other Margaret River…

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97 points and 'Cellar Selection,' Wine Enthusiast: Taut and leathery, this is a thickly tannic, incredibly structured and powerful wine, softened by 7% Merlot and 3% Malbec. Extracted black fruit is poised amongst earthy truffle, crushed rock and black pepper, the aromas and flavors integrated and… ...
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Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley One Point Five 2015  (#331915)

Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California

[ 97 points and 'Cellar Selection,' Wine Enthusiast: Taut and leathery, this is a thickly tannic, incredibly structured and powerful wine, softened by 7% Merlot and 3% Malbec. Extracted black fruit is poised amongst earthy truffle, crushed rock and black pepper, the aromas and flavors integrated and built to age. Enjoy best 2025-2030. Alcohol 15.3%. (Oct 2018) ] 97 points and 'Cellar Selection,' Wine Enthusiast: Taut and leathery, this is a thickly tannic, incredibly structured and powerful wine, softened by 7% Merlot and 3% Malbec. Extracted black fruit is poised amongst earthy truffle, crushed rock and…

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Powerful, elegant, and loaded with charisma, showcasing the one-of-a-kind terroir derived from red volcanic soils 1,900 feet above the valley floor. Opens with a luxurious aromatic melange of cocoa powder, bramble berry, cinnamon stick, vanilla bean, and decadent framboise. On the palate, the rich… ...
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Spence Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Howell Mountain 2013  (#330452)

Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California

[ Powerful, elegant, and loaded with charisma, showcasing the one-of-a-kind terroir derived from red volcanic soils 1,900 feet above the valley floor. Opens with a luxurious aromatic melange of cocoa powder, bramble berry, cinnamon stick, vanilla bean, and decadent framboise. On the palate, the rich velvety entry unfolds with layered waves of black plum, dark chocolate, black cherries, sweet cedar, and vibrant spices, in a seamless weave of well integrated tannins. This wine should remain in its prime through 2036. ] Powerful, elegant, and loaded with charisma, showcasing the one-of-a-kind terroir derived from red volcanic soils 1,900 feet above the valley floor. Opens with a luxurious aromatic melange of cocoa powder, bramble berry, cinnamon stick, vanilla bean,…

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93-95 points Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Wine Advocate): A barrel sample, the deep garnet-purple colored 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon S. L. V. offers up aromas of pepper, spice box, lavender and potpourri with mulberries, black cherries and black berries at the core, plus plum preserves and bay leaves hints.… ...
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Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley SLV 2015  (#332766)

Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California

[ 93-95 points Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Wine Advocate): A barrel sample, the deep garnet-purple colored 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon S. L. V. offers up aromas of pepper, spice box, lavender and potpourri with mulberries, black cherries and black berries at the core, plus plum preserves and bay leaves hints. Medium to full-bodied with fine-grained tannins, the palate is firm and earthy with a long, minerally finish. (Dec 2017) ] 93-95 points Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Wine Advocate): A barrel sample, the deep garnet-purple colored 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon S. L. V. offers up aromas of pepper, spice box, lavender and potpourri with mulberries, black cherries and black berries at the…

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92 points and 'Best Value,' The Tasting Panel: With fruit sourced from Dry Creek Valley and Alexander Valley, a plethora of perfectly-ripe fruit is layered in this juicy red. Cherry liqueur and toffee-mocha-oak on the nose is luxurious, while blackberry and plum surge on the palate to jam with anise… ...
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Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County 2015  (#331366)

Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California

[ 92 points and 'Best Value,' The Tasting Panel: With fruit sourced from Dry Creek Valley and Alexander Valley, a plethora of perfectly-ripe fruit is layered in this juicy red. Cherry liqueur and toffee-mocha-oak on the nose is luxurious, while blackberry and plum surge on the palate to jam with anise and mocha intertwining with snappy dry tannins. This has an Old-World profile... (Jan/Feb 2018) Blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petite Sirah, and Cabernet Franc. ] 92 points and 'Best Value,' The Tasting Panel: With fruit sourced from Dry Creek Valley and Alexander Valley, a plethora of perfectly-ripe fruit is layered in this juicy red. Cherry liqueur and toffee-mocha-oak on the nose is luxurious, while…

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89 points Wine Spectator: Floral red currant aromas lead to focused, trim black cherry, crushed stone and tobacco flavors that finish with refined tannins. Drink now through 2023. (12/31/17) 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 2% Syrah. ...
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Columbia Crest Cabernet Sauvignon H3 Horse Heaven Hills 2015  (#331603)

Cabernet Sauvignon from Horse Heaven Hills, Washington

[ 89 points Wine Spectator: Floral red currant aromas lead to focused, trim black cherry, crushed stone and tobacco flavors that finish with refined tannins. Drink now through 2023. (12/31/17) 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 2% Syrah. ] 89 points Wine Spectator: Floral red currant aromas lead to focused, trim black cherry, crushed stone and tobacco flavors that finish with refined tannins. Drink now through 2023. (12/31/17) 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 2% Syrah.

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97 points Jeb Dunnuck: A big, opulent wine that stays pure and balanced, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Black Label boasts a deep purple color as well as vibrant notes of beautiful crème de cassis and blueberry-like fruit supported by ample violets, graphite, and charcoal nuances. Deep, rich and… ...
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Turnbull Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Estate Grown Black Label 2015  (#332732)

Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California

[ 97 points Jeb Dunnuck: A big, opulent wine that stays pure and balanced, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Black Label boasts a deep purple color as well as vibrant notes of beautiful crème de cassis and blueberry-like fruit supported by ample violets, graphite, and charcoal nuances. Deep, rich and powerful, yet light on its feet, it has building tannin and is going to need 4-5 years of bottle age. It should age effortlessly for 20-25 years. Drink: 2022-2047. (12/29/17) ] 97 points Jeb Dunnuck: A big, opulent wine that stays pure and balanced, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Black Label boasts a deep purple color as well as vibrant notes of beautiful crème de cassis and blueberry-like fruit supported by ample violets,…

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