Cabernet Sauvignon [cab-er-nay so-vin-yon]

Definition: A red grape used in making red Bordeaux and varietal wines throughout the world.

Grown primarily in: Australia, Canada, Chile, France, New Zealand, South Africa and United States

Best Climate: Warm to Hot

Winemaking: Cabernet is generally blended with small parts of merlot, cabernet franc, petite verdot and malbec. It definitely benefits from oak aging (and aging in general).

Nose: Red (cherry, raspberry) and black (blackberry, wild berry) fruits, pepper, spice, chocolate, coffee/tea, oak.

Mouth: Medium to full body, tannic (astringent) and usually complex.

Note: Considered to be "King" and most noble of all grapes. Is one of the red grapes permited to be used in American red Meritage wines.

Your Guide to the Varietal Grape

Varietal Facts

Select any varietal on the list below to learn the facts!

Barbera Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon Chardonnay
Gamay Gamay Beaujolais
Gerwurztraminer Malbec
Merlot Nebbiolo
Petite Sirah Petite Verdot
Pinot Blanc Pinot Meunier
Pinot Noir Riesling
Sauvignon Blanc Sangiovese
Semillon Syrah
Viognier Zinfandel