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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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93 points Wine Spectator: Matches intensity with refinement, with subdued oak shading rich dark berry, espresso, graphite and cedar notes, ending with a long, full finish that echoes the core flavors. Best from 2021 through 2033. 1,700 cases made. (4/30/18) ...

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Lewis Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2015  (#701655)

Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California

750ml Bottle | In stock, 12 available

96 points Jeb Dunnuck: ...the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Signature... sees 22 months in 50% new French oak. Its deep, inky color is followed by an incredibly pure bouquet of crème de cassis, hints of blue fruits, graphite, and cedar. With gorgeous minerality, full-bodied richness, building tannin and… ...

JD 96
WA 93
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Chappellet Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Signature 2015  (#330759)

Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California

750ml Bottle | In stock, 12+ available
JD 96
WA 93
AG 93

91 points Wine Spectator: A rich, sturdy, muscular style, with plenty of finesse and refinement. Offers a dark fruit core, with spice, cedar, dusty herb and earth notes. Taut tannins add to the texture and mouthfeel. Drink now through 2028. (11/30/16) ...

WS 91
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Trinchero Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Mario's 2013  (#332738)

Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California

750ml Bottle | In stock, 11 available
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95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 1% Malbec. The 2013 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is garnet in color with a ruby red rim, it has an alluring nose of blackberry bramble, baking spices, and black olive. Aromas of vanilla, cassis, and sage fill the glass, revealing the… ...

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Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2013  (#331555)

Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California

750ml Bottle | In stock, 12+ available

96+ points Robert Parker: ...85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. It is certainly one of the wines of the vintage. Gorgeously opaque purple, it offers up notes of spring flowers, blueberries, blackcurrants, some baking spice and graphite. It is full-bodied, concentrated… ...

RP 96
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JS 96
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Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Estate 2014  (#330738)

Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California

750ml Bottle | In stock, 1 available
RP 96
AG 96
JS 96
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95 points James Suckling: This shows nice concentration on the nose in terms of ash and blackcurrant but also some pretty floral elements with violets and jasmine. Full-bodied with a strong entrée of black fruit but with driven acidity, muscular tannins and a long finish. A blend of 95% cabernet… ...

JS 95
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Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley One Point Five 2015  (#331915)

Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California

750ml Bottle | In stock, 12+ available
JS 95
WS 93
AG 93

Compared to Neal Family's mountain Cabernets, this is the most silky and approachable from the vintage. Full of cherry fruit, cassis, sandalwood, and chocolate flavors and aromas. Some earthy character comes through on the finish as the tannins and texture linger in a long finish. Organically grown … ...

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Neal Family Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Wykoff Vineyard 2006  (#323443)

Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California

750ml Bottle | In stock, 2 available

95+ points Robert Parker: 90.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest small quantities of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Malbec. This wine has an opaque purple color, a big, sweet kiss of blueberry and blackberry liqueur, some graphite, a juicy, full-bodied, savory mouthfeel, and excellent purity and… ...

RP 95
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Mt. Brave Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Mt. Veeder 2014  (#331793)

Cabernet Sauvignon from Mount Veeder, Napa Valley, California

750ml Bottle | In stock, 1 available
RP 95
JD 95
WE 93

92 points Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Wine Advocate): Very deep garnet-purple in color, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, composed of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot and 4% Malbec, is scented of red currants, blackberries and wild blueberries with touches of olives and underbrush. Medium-bodied, tightly… ...

WA 92
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WE 90
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Arrowood Cabernet Sauvignon Knights Valley 2014  (#332426)

Cabernet Sauvignon from Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California

750ml Bottle | In stock, 12+ available
WA 92
AG 92
WE 90
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91 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): Arrowood's 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma Estates is plump, juicy and absolutely delicious. Dark cherry, plum, tobacco, licorice and savory notes are nicely delineated in a juicy, vibrant wine that will drink well right out of the gate. This is a superb entry… ...

AG 91
WE 90
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Arrowood Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma Estates 2014  (#329931)

Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California

750ml Bottle | In stock, 2 available

97 points Jeb Dunnuck: Lastly, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Moonracer checks in as 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% each of Cabernet Franc and Merlot, and the balance Petit Verdot. This full-bodied, sexy, expansive beauty boasts a deep purple color to go with perfumed notes of blueberries, spring… ...

JD 97
WA 96
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Realm Cabernet Sauvignon Stag's Leap District Moonracer Estate 2015  (#331798)

Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California

750ml Bottle | In stock, 2 available

99 points and 'Top 100 Wines of 2017,' James Suckling: Extremely perfumed with iron, clay and currant character. Copper pennies and hints of steak. Then this turns to flowers, iodine and oyster shells. Full body that's juicy and defined by hefty blackcurrant flavors and real meatiness. Dark… ...

JS 99
RP 94
WS 93
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Peter Michael Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Au Paradis 2014  (#330893)

Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California

1.5L Magnum | In stock, 2 available
JS 99
RP 94
WS 93
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