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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: Rich, smoky oak and plump dark berry, mocha, cedar and sage flavors form an enticing mouthful, supported by a supple, caressing texture, ending long and full. Drink now through 2030. (6/27/18) 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 3% Malbec and 1% Petit… ...
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Sequoia Grove Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2015  (#332414)

Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California

[ 93 points Wine Spectator: Rich, smoky oak and plump dark berry, mocha, cedar and sage flavors form an enticing mouthful, supported by a supple, caressing texture, ending long and full. Drink now through 2030. (6/27/18) 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 3% Malbec and 1% Petit Verdot. ] 93 points Wine Spectator: Rich, smoky oak and plump dark berry, mocha, cedar and sage flavors form an enticing mouthful, supported by a supple, caressing texture, ending long and full. Drink now through 2030. (6/27/18) 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7%…

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93 points James Suckling: The largest production cuvée, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon was vinified in tank before being pressed to barrel where it went through malo. Aged 13 months in barrels, its vibrant purple color is followed by a terrific bouquet of blueberries, cassis, scorched earth, and spice.… ...
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Wines of Substance Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2016  (#332881)

Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington

[ 93 points James Suckling: The largest production cuvée, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon was vinified in tank before being pressed to barrel where it went through malo. Aged 13 months in barrels, its vibrant purple color is followed by a terrific bouquet of blueberries, cassis, scorched earth, and spice. Deep, rich, full-bodied, and beautifully balanced, this is the real deal, ladies and gentlemen, and it's a no-brainer purchase. Just pretend you paid three times the price. Drink: 2018-2025. (4/5/18) ] 93 points James Suckling: The largest production cuvée, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon was vinified in tank before being pressed to barrel where it went through malo. Aged 13 months in barrels, its vibrant purple color is followed by a terrific bouquet…

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99 points Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Wine Advocate): Produced from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon leaps from the glass with gorgeous floral notes of red roses and lilacs over a core of black and red cherries, crushed black currants and baking spices plus hints of iron ore and dusty… ...
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Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford Napa Valley 2015  (#331846)

Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California

[ 99 points Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Wine Advocate): Produced from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon leaps from the glass with gorgeous floral notes of red roses and lilacs over a core of black and red cherries, crushed black currants and baking spices plus hints of iron ore and dusty earth. The voluptuous, rounded, soft and sexy fruit slinks across the palate with incredible seamlessness and expression. Make no mistake, it is full-bodied and decadently powerful, but with a myriad of aromatic nuances, finishing long, layered and boldly perfumed. Drink: 2019-2039. (Oct 2017) ] 99 points Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Wine Advocate): Produced from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon leaps from the glass with gorgeous floral notes of red roses and lilacs over a core of black and red cherries, crushed black currants…

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93 points James Suckling: Beautiful dark fruit and raspberry character. Full body, velvety tannins and bright fruit. Pretty and drinkable. A pure and delicious wine. Drink or hold. (5/20/16) ...
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Susana Balbo Cabernet Sauvignon Mendoza Signature 2014  (#701453)

Cabernet Sauvignon from Mendoza, Argentina

[ 93 points James Suckling: Beautiful dark fruit and raspberry character. Full body, velvety tannins and bright fruit. Pretty and drinkable. A pure and delicious wine. Drink or hold. (5/20/16) ] 93 points James Suckling: Beautiful dark fruit and raspberry character. Full body, velvety tannins and bright fruit. Pretty and drinkable. A pure and delicious wine. Drink or hold. (5/20/16)

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94 points James Suckling: Very pretty stones, oyster shell, blueberries and underbrush character. The palate is very composed with lots of bright, tangy fruit, grainy tannins and a minerally yet at the same time fruit-driven finish. A unique wine. A blend of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc,… ...
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Robert Craig Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Affinity 2015  (#332951)

Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California

[ 94 points James Suckling: Very pretty stones, oyster shell, blueberries and underbrush character. The palate is very composed with lots of bright, tangy fruit, grainy tannins and a minerally yet at the same time fruit-driven finish. A unique wine. A blend of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, merlot, malbec and petit verdot. Drink in 2020 even if delicious now. (12/21/17) ] 94 points James Suckling: Very pretty stones, oyster shell, blueberries and underbrush character. The palate is very composed with lots of bright, tangy fruit, grainy tannins and a minerally yet at the same time fruit-driven finish. A unique wine. A…

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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… ...
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Arrowood Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma Estates 2014  (#329931)

Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California

[ 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-level Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink: 2017-2022 (Mar 2017) ] 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…

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92 points James Suckling: Rich and fruity with lots of blackberry and currant character. Full body, chewy tannins and a medium finish. Needs a little time to soften. Better in 2018. (12/13/16) ...
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Mira Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2012  (#330035)

Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California

[ 92 points James Suckling: Rich and fruity with lots of blackberry and currant character. Full body, chewy tannins and a medium finish. Needs a little time to soften. Better in 2018. (12/13/16) ] 92 points James Suckling: Rich and fruity with lots of blackberry and currant character. Full body, chewy tannins and a medium finish. Needs a little time to soften. Better in 2018. (12/13/16)

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Not yet reviewed; 2014 vintage rated 88 points by Robert Parker: The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, an inexpensive blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot and the rest Petite Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec, is soft and juicy, with a deep ruby/plum/purple color, loads of cassis and black cherry… ...
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RouteStock Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Route 29 2015  (#331352)

Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California

[ Not yet reviewed; 2014 vintage rated 88 points by Robert Parker: The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, an inexpensive blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot and the rest Petite Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec, is soft and juicy, with a deep ruby/plum/purple color, loads of cassis and black cherry fruit, soft tannins, excellent concentration and good purity. This is a sleeper of the vintage and a terrific value from Napa! Drink it over the next 4-5 years. Drink: 2016-2021. ] Not yet reviewed; 2014 vintage rated 88 points by Robert Parker: The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, an inexpensive blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot and the rest Petite Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec, is soft and juicy, with a deep ruby/plum…

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93 points James Suckling: Lovely aromas of blackcurrants and dark chocolate with hints of flowers. Ever so subtle. Medium full body, firm and silky tannins and a juicy finish. Shows tension and focus. Drink or hold. (5/23/18) ...
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Heitz Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2013  (#331113)

Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California

[ 93 points James Suckling: Lovely aromas of blackcurrants and dark chocolate with hints of flowers. Ever so subtle. Medium full body, firm and silky tannins and a juicy finish. Shows tension and focus. Drink or hold. (5/23/18) ] 93 points James Suckling: Lovely aromas of blackcurrants and dark chocolate with hints of flowers. Ever so subtle. Medium full body, firm and silky tannins and a juicy finish. Shows tension and focus. Drink or hold. (5/23/18)

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97 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): ...Beams of tannin give the 2013 its shape and overall energy. Precise and yet also quite explosive, the 2013 will be a magnificent wine once it emerges from its present slumber. Quite simply, this is a captivating wine from Naoko Dalla Valle. Time in the glass… ...
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Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2013  (#328938)

Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California

[ 97 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): ...Beams of tannin give the 2013 its shape and overall energy. Precise and yet also quite explosive, the 2013 will be a magnificent wine once it emerges from its present slumber. Quite simply, this is a captivating wine from Naoko Dalla Valle. Time in the glass provides glimpse of what is in store for readers who wait. However, I imagine opening a bottle before age ten will be largely an academic exercise. Drink: 2023-2038. (Dec 2016) ] 97 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): ...Beams of tannin give the 2013 its shape and overall energy. Precise and yet also quite explosive, the 2013 will be a magnificent wine once it emerges from its present slumber. Quite simply, this is a captivating…

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93-95 points Robert Parker: ...This wine, which was not yet in bottle, is fabulous... One of the strongest efforts yet from the Martinis, this cuvée still sells at a modest $38.00 -- a fair price for something this compelling. The wine has an opaque purple color, a beautiful nose of blueberries,… ...
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Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2014  (#333003)

Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California

[ 93-95 points Robert Parker: ...This wine, which was not yet in bottle, is fabulous... One of the strongest efforts yet from the Martinis, this cuvée still sells at a modest $38.00 -- a fair price for something this compelling. The wine has an opaque purple color, a beautiful nose of blueberries, blackcurrants, licorice, camphor and graphite. The wine is full-bodied and multilayered on the palate with sensational richness and length. It should drink well for 20-25 years. (Oct 2016) ] 93-95 points Robert Parker: ...This wine, which was not yet in bottle, is fabulous... One of the strongest efforts yet from the Martinis, this cuvée still sells at a modest $38.00 -- a fair price for something this compelling. The wine has an opaque…

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96 points Robert Parker: The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Mountain tastes like a first-growth Pauillac. Notes of licorice, crème de cassis, graphite, beef blood and forest floor are all present in this full-bodied, extraordinarily pure, majestic wine that coats the palate, but is neither heavy… ...
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Lokoya Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Mountain 2012  (#324689)

Cabernet Sauvignon from Diamond Mountain, Napa Valley, California

[ 96 points Robert Parker: The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Mountain tastes like a first-growth Pauillac. Notes of licorice, crème de cassis, graphite, beef blood and forest floor are all present in this full-bodied, extraordinarily pure, majestic wine that coats the palate, but is neither heavy nor harsh. This magnificent, dramatic Cabernet should continue to drink well for 20-25 years. (Oct 2014) ] 96 points Robert Parker: The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Mountain tastes like a first-growth Pauillac. Notes of licorice, crème de cassis, graphite, beef blood and forest floor are all present in this full-bodied, extraordinarily pure, majestic…

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