Cabernet Sauvignon, California

Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the most famous and widely planted red grape varieties in the world. It is immensely popular in Australia, where world-class wines are made in Coonawarra, Margaret River and the Yarra Valley. Each region has a distinctive character, but all tend to be more fruit-forward than those from France. Coonawarra has a distinct mint or Eucalypt aroma, Margaret River has a more tomato leaf character, while Yarra Valley is more elegant in style.

Its original home is Bordeaux, where it is the dominant grape on the left bank, Medoc and Graves. In Bordeaux, Cabernet Sauvignon tends to be blended with Merlot, Cabernet Franc and with small amounts of Malbec and Petit Verdot. In the New World, it is both blended and made as a straight varietal. Excellent wines are also produced in the Napa Valley and Chile's Maipo Valley. The grapes are thick-skinned providing the characteristic high tannins and deep colour. The Cabernet Sauvignon wines tend to show fragrant cassis, herbaceous, full-bodied with high acid.
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  1. Joel Gott 815 Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    The Joel Gott 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon has aromas of blackberry and black cherry with notes of clove, vanilla, and brown sugar. The wine opens with dark, concentrated fruit flavors, followed by velvety tannins on the mid-palate and notes of baking spices ... Learn More
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  2. Mount Brave Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is powerful and opulent but maintains an underlying thread of pure finesse. Beguiling now, the 2016 will charm your cellar for years to come. ... Learn More
  3. Stonestreet Rockfall Cabernet 2016
    Stunning example of Californian Cabernet. The 'Rockfall" is a single vineyard, hand picked by winemaker Chris Jackson as the best part of the vineyard. Vibrant aromas of brambly blackberry, black currant, smoky tobacco leaf, and sage dominate, while underneath one ... Learn More
  4. Dunn Vineyards Howell Mountain Cabernet 2013
    A raft of high scores from a number of major critics around the world. Fantastic example of rich and powerful Californian Cabernet. ... Learn More
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  5. Verite 'La Joie' Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
    Takes inspiration from the lauded reds France's Pauillac. 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 7% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 3% Malbec. On the nose sweet red and black fruits abound; red and black plum, ripe redcurrant and tart black cherry. Balancing the fruit are ... Learn More
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