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Definition: Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon, often referred to as the “King of Red Wine Grapes,” originally from Bordeaux, with a substantial foothold in California’s wine races, has the privilege of being the world’s most sought after red wine. Cabernet Sauvignon grapes tend to favor warmer climates and are often an ideal wine for aging, with 5-10 years being optimal for the maturation process to peak. Because Cabs take a bit longer to reach maturation, allowing their flavors to mellow, they are ideal candidates for blending with other grapes, primarily Merlot. This blending softens the Cabernet, adding appealing fruit tones, without sacrificing its innate character.

Flavor Profile

Cabs range from medium-bodied to full-bodied and are characterized by their high tannin content which serves to provide structure and intrigue while supporting the rich fruit characteristics. The flavor profile includes plum, cherry, blackberry, blueberry, warm spice, vanilla, tobacco and sometimes leather aromas and or flavors.

Food Pairings: red meats, flavorful and heartier (red) pastas, lamb, strong-flavored cheese, and chocolates (especially dark).

Key Producers to Try:

Shafer Vineyards

Caymus

Beaulieu Vineyard

Mondavi

Beringer

Penfolds

Grgich Hills

Hall

Clos du Val

Ridge

Sterling Vineyards

Pine Ridge

Ramey

Paul Hobbs

Joseph Phelps

Screaming Eagle

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars

Chateau St. Jean

Souverain

Rubicon

McManis

Hogue

Jardin

Montes

Concha Y Toro

Columbia-Crest

Pronunciation: Cah-bur-nay Saw-vee-nyonh
Also Known As: Cabs
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