(Pronounced CA-burr-nay SO-vin-yawn)
Cabernet Sauvignon, often referred to as Cab Sav, is one of the most popular and widely recognized red wine grape varieties and is commonly considered the “king” of red grapes. It is planted in virtually every wine-producing region in the world and grows in a vast range of climates and soil types, although it thrives in warm temperatures and deep gravel soils. In addition to it’s adaptability, Cabernet Sauvignon is known for it’s thick-skinned grapes and resistant, vigorous vines, giving it the ability to retain it’s unique characteristics despite the diversity of climates in which it is grown. Additionally, the small dark berries can become heavily concentrated with flavor and aroma that help to make it an ideal grape for winemaking.
Typically Cabernet Sauvignon is a bold, complex and full-bodied red wine with deep, dark colors, high tannins, and high alcohol content. Because Cabernet Sauvignon is grown all over the world in a wide spectrum of climates, it produces a variety of flavors and aromas ranging from blackcurrant, blackberry, cherry, vanilla, pepper, olive, oak, cedar wood, earth, truffle, and tobacco. In Bordeaux and Tuscany it is almost always blended to soften its astringent tannins. The Napa Valley style is dense, purplish black, jammy, with flavors of currants and black cherries.
The concentrated and complex flavors of Cabernet Sauvignon pair well with foods high in protein and fat and tend to overwhelm lighter, more delicate dishes. Try it with steak, lamb, ribs, duck, buffalo, pheasant, mild cheeses, and bitter vegetables like eggplant and arugula. It also pairs well with rich sauces as well as food that is grilled, roasted, charred, or smoked.
Researches have found that wines rich in flavonoids and antioxidants offer many potential health benefits, including reducing the risk of cancer, protecting against cardiovascular disease, and increasing resistance to certain allergens and viruses. Cabernet Sauvignon, along with Petit Syrah and Pinot Noir, contain the highest levels of flavonoids and antioxidants. To reap the maximum health benefits, women should limit consumption to one four ounce serving a day, and men should have no more than two.
Although Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the most prominent grape varieties, it wasn’t until the 17th century that it was created when French winemakers accidentally crossed Bordeaux grape varieties Cabernet Franc with Sauvignon Blanc.
Cabernet Sauvignon grows extremely well in California’s Napa Valley region. The majority of California’s most prized and expensive wines are Cabernet Sauvignons.
The most expensive wine ever sold in the world is Cabernet Sauvignon. An Imperial of 1992 Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon was sold at auction for $500,000 in the year 2000.
In the 1990s, Merlot began to rival Cabernet Sauvignon in popularity among red grape varietals.
Cabernet Sauvignon wine is commonly used in blends such as Bordeaux (French), Meritage (American), and Super Tuscan (Italian).
Other names for Cabernet Sauvignon include Bouchet, Bouche, Petit-Bouchet, Petit-Cabernet, Petit-Vidure, Vidure, and Sauvignon Rouge.
Broadside Cabernet Sauvignon 2016Cabernet Sauvignon
Grown in Paso Robles. Broadside produces artisanal wines that are priced for people to drink, not collect. They produce balanced wine from interesting vineyards in small quantities. Their style of...Read more
- Region: US - California - Paso Robles
Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection 2013Cabernet Sauvignon
Caymus Special Selection is the flagship wine of the Wagner family and is comprised of the very best barrels of the vintage.Read more
- Region: US - California - Napa
Charles & Charles Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2016Cabernet Sauvignon
This wine is bold, rich and textured but not over the top - it remains wonderfully restrained and focused. Aromas of cocoa, coffee, tobacco, sweet black cherry, licorice, underbrush, gravel, and...Read more
- Region: US - Washington
Chateau Branaire-Ducru 2015Cabernet Sauvignon
This pumps lush fig, boysenberry and blackberry confiture notes along, pushed by a rather polished but ample structure. Lots of anise and violet details cascade in on the finish, giving this extra...Read more
- Region: France - Bordeaux
Chateau Fontanes Les Traverses De Fontanes Rouge 2014Cabernet Sauvignon
Made by Cyriaque Rozier, who is also the winemaker at Chateau la Roque, the 2012 Les Traverses de Fontanes is a solid blend of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon that has lots to like. Exhibiting notions of...Read more
- Region: France - Languedoc
- Importer: Kermit Lynch
Chateau La Rame La Charmille 2015Cabernet Sauvignon
Rich and concentrated with dark fruit notes and hints of chocolate and smoke. Fine tannins and persistent finish.Read more
- Region: France - Bordeaux
- Importer: Neal Rosenthal