Cabernet Sauvignon Wine

Cabernet Sauvignon wine comes from the grape of the same name, which is by all accounts the world’s most planted and popular red wine variety. Not all Cabernet Sauvignon wine is labelled as such, especially in Old World regions, for example Bordeaux, where the grape originated. It produces red wines with a distinctive flavor profile, including in California red wines, many of which are Bordeaux blends where Cabernet Sauvignon predominates but other grapes like Merlot are also used.

Cabernet Sauvignon wines perform well with oak contact, either oak fermentation barrels, oak ageing, or both, and they also generally improve in the cellar. Many Cabernet Sauvignon California wines, like those from Napa County and Sonoma County, have high levels of tannins, which will soften and become velvety with age. The same is true for higher-priced examples from Bordeaux, South Africa, and Australia. Chile also produces excellent wine from this grape, which are often a good value. This can be a collector’s wine.

The flavor profile of Cabernet Sauvignon wine can vary depending on its terroir and winemaking. It often has a distinctive bell pepper flavor, typical of wines with pyrazines, and when grown in cooler climates can have vegetal aromas. When matured in warmer climes, the Cabernet Sauvignon grape gives richer red and black fruit, including black cherries and plums, extending to pencil lead and tobacco.

This is a full-bodied wine and can be high in alcohol, rich in tannins. If you want a bold red wine, this is a great choice and it pairs well with stronger flavors from beef and BBQ dishes.