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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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100 points Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Wine Advocate): Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is still very tight and youthful, slowly unfurling to reveal a multifaceted wine with tons of black, blue and red fruit sparks—plums, cherries, black currants and red currants—with dark chocolate… ...
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Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Estate 2016  (#335240)

1.5L
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Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California

100 points Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Wine Advocate): Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is still very tight and youthful, slowly unfurling to reveal a multifaceted wine with tons of black, blue and red fruit sparks—plums, cherries,…

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100 points Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Wine Advocate): Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is still very tight and youthful, slowly unfurling to reveal a multifaceted wine with tons of black, blue and red fruit sparks—plums, cherries, black currants and red currants—with dark chocolate… ...
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Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Estate 2016  (#335239)

375ml
In stock, 12+ available

Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California

100 points Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Wine Advocate): Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is still very tight and youthful, slowly unfurling to reveal a multifaceted wine with tons of black, blue and red fruit sparks—plums, cherries,…

375ml Half Bottle | In stock, 12+ available
97+ points Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Wine Advocate): ...It's very deep purple-black in color and reveals exuberant cassis, black cherries, plum preserves and wild blueberry scents with touches of cedar chest, tilled soil, truffles and pencil lead plus a waft of bay leaves. The palate has an incredible… ...
WA 97
JS 95
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Anakota Cabernet Sauvignon Knights Valley Helena Dakota Vyd 2016  (#335741)

750ml
In stock, 12 available

Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California

97+ points Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Wine Advocate): ...It's very deep purple-black in color and reveals exuberant cassis, black cherries, plum preserves and wild blueberry scents with touches of cedar chest, tilled soil, truffles and pencil lead plus a…

750ml Bottle | In stock, 12 available
95+ points Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Wine Advocate): The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is made up of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot, 5% Merlot and 3% Malbec. It has a deep garnet-purple color and intense redcurrants, black raspberries, cassis, warm plums and kirsch with hints of violets, tobacco,… ...
WA 95
JD 95
AG 91-94
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Sinegal Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley St. Helena 2016  (#333646)

750ml
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Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California

95+ points Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Wine Advocate): The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is made up of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot, 5% Merlot and 3% Malbec. It has a deep garnet-purple color and intense redcurrants, black raspberries, cassis, warm…

750ml Bottle | In stock, 1 available
WA 95
JD 95
AG 91-94
96 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): The 2016 Pinot Noir Bondi Home Ranch emerges from the coolest site Martinelli works with. The colder microclimate yields a Pinot with distinctly floral/savory overtones. Rose petal, lavender, mint, game, smoke, earthiness and tobacco are all beautifully delineated… ...
AG 96
WA 93
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Martinelli Pinot Noir Green Valley Bondi Home Ranch 2016  (#331661)

750ml
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Pinot Noir from Green Valley, Sonoma County, California

96 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): The 2016 Pinot Noir Bondi Home Ranch emerges from the coolest site Martinelli works with. The colder microclimate yields a Pinot with distinctly floral/savory overtones. Rose petal, lavender, mint, game, smoke,…

750ml Bottle | In stock, 12+ available
92 points Tim Atkin, MW (Decanter): Arnaud Mortet uses two parcels - one old, the other planted with Pinot Fin clones in 1992 - for this forward, juicy, crowd- pleasing Marsannay that's a great value introduction to his winemaking talents. Lightly wooded, it's all about texture, pleasure and juicy… ...
DE 92
AM 89-91
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Mortet/Denis Marsannay Les Longeroies 2017  (#335697)

750ml
In stock, 2 available

Pinot Noir from Marsannay, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

92 points Tim Atkin, MW (Decanter): Arnaud Mortet uses two parcels - one old, the other planted with Pinot Fin clones in 1992 - for this forward, juicy, crowd- pleasing Marsannay that's a great value introduction to his winemaking talents. Lightly…

750ml Bottle | In stock, 2 available
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Pataille/Sylvain Marsannay Clos du Roy 2017  (#335295)

750ml
Pre-arrival, 12 available

Pinot Noir from Marsannay, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

750ml Bottle | Pre-arrival, 12 available
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90-92 points and 'Outstanding/Top value,' Allen Meadows (Burghound): (100% whole cluster). Wood toast and reduction serve as a less than agreeable introduction to the wonderfully intense, detailed and mineral-driven middle weight flavors that are supported by ample mid-palate density, all wrapped in… ...
AM 90-92
WA 90-92
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Pataille/Sylvain Marsannay Clos du Roy 2016  (#333282)

750ml
In stock, 12+ available

Pinot Noir from Marsannay, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

90-92 points and 'Outstanding/Top value,' Allen Meadows (Burghound): (100% whole cluster). Wood toast and reduction serve as a less than agreeable introduction to the wonderfully intense, detailed and mineral-driven middle weight flavors that are…

750ml Bottle | In stock, 12+ available
AM 90-92
WA 90-92
90 points William Kelley (Wine Advocate): Including many of the frosted lieux-dits that Roty normally bottle separately, the 2016 Marsannay unfurls in the glass with a deep bouquet of cassis, dark chocolate, grilled game and espresso roast. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, velvety… ...
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Roty Marsannay 2016  (#334365)

750ml
In stock, 12+ available

Pinot Noir from Marsannay, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

90 points William Kelley (Wine Advocate): Including many of the frosted lieux-dits that Roty normally bottle separately, the 2016 Marsannay unfurls in the glass with a deep bouquet of cassis, dark chocolate, grilled game and espresso roast. On the…

750ml Bottle | In stock, 12+ available
88-90 points Allen Meadows (Burghound): This too is sufficiently reduced to render the nose difficult to evaluate. I like the sense of energy to the agreeably textured middle weight if mildly rustic flavors that possess a bit more overall depth and persistence in a package that should reward a few… ...
AM 88-90
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Charlopin/Philippe Marsannay Echezots 2017  (#335653)

750ml
In stock, 12+ available

Pinot Noir from Marsannay, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

88-90 points Allen Meadows (Burghound): This too is sufficiently reduced to render the nose difficult to evaluate. I like the sense of energy to the agreeably textured middle weight if mildly rustic flavors that possess a bit more overall depth and…

750ml Bottle | In stock, 12+ available
Easily on the short list of “Best Values of the Vintage”. We’re the first to offer the 2017, so you won’t find comps out there on these, but current pricing on the 2016 ranges elsewhere in the country from between $69 - $74! Again, no professional reviews on the 2017, but cellartracker.com's… ...
CT 91
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Verdet/Aurelien Marsannay Champs Perdrix 2017  (#333991)

750ml
In stock, 12+ available

Pinot Noir from Marsannay, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

Easily on the short list of “Best Values of the Vintage”. We’re the first to offer the 2017, so you won’t find comps out there on these, but current pricing on the 2016 ranges elsewhere in the country from between $69 - $74! Again, no professional…

750ml Bottle | In stock, 12+ available
89 points CellarTracker.com community score. ...
CT 89
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Charlopin/Philippe Marsannay 2016  (#335647)

750ml
In stock, 12+ available

Pinot Noir from Marsannay, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

89 points CellarTracker.com community score.

750ml Bottle | In stock, 12+ available
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