(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.
Arietta Quartet 2013Cabernet Sauvignon
Arietta's Bordeaux-styled red wine "Quartet" is a cherubic offspring of the fabulous 2013 vintage in Napa. The 2013 vintage in Napa provided nearly perfect growing conditions, with a moderate...Read more
- Region: US - California - Napa
Baron Herzog Jeunesse Cabernet Sauvignon 2014Cabernet Sauvignon
Jeunesse Cabernet Sauvignon displays a vibrant ruby color, soft texture and perceived sweetness on the palate, with aromas of fresh berry, cherry and floral notes.Read more
- Region: US - California - Paso Robles
Beckmen Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2016Cabernet Sauvignon
"Moving to the reds and one of the top Bordeaux blends coming out of the Santa Ynez Valley, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Santa Ynez Valley offers classic notes of mint, plums, spring flowers and...Read more
- Region: US - California
Binyamina The Cave Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2011Cabernet Sauvignon
250 Years ago an enormous cave was quarried inside a natural grove in the heart of the Carmel Mountains. The conditions created by the cave's natural features turned it into an ideal wine cellar,...Read more
- Region: Israel
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
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