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Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Varietal Definition

Cabernet Sauvignon grapes in the Monte Bello vineyard in California

The king of red wines, Cabernet's reputation was established decades ago by the great estates of Bordeaux, although it has proved distinctive in other regions as well. While sometimes a bit harsh in its youth, it has the ability to mature into a most complex and full-bodied red wine. Its flavors are comfortable with simple grilled meats as well as more complex dishes like venison in mushroom sauce. Great and consistent producers of Cabernet can be found in the Napa, Sonoma and Long Island, as well as Australia, Chile, and, of course, the châteaux of Bordeaux, which produce the true benchmark of this varietal.

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(Updated: 11/19/12 JLD)

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