Cabernet Sauvignon is the king of the California wine varietals. Among the reds wines, Cabernet Sauvignon is the most famous wine produced in California. It is also the primary grape of the Bordeaux wine region of France.
- Cabernets are known for their big and bold structure.
- Quality Cabernet Sauvignon can age for several years, which soften the tannins.
- Cabernet Sauvignon can exhibit these aromas and flavors: Blueberries, blackcurrant, cassis, tobacco, vanilla, plum.
- Cabernet Sauvignon is a dense red wine that pairs well with meals that are also big. The classic food match is a great Cabernet Sauvignon with a delicious Filet Mignon steak. Heavy or high alcoholic Cabernets can go with dark chocolate candy.
- Cult Cabernet Sauvignon is a term used to describe wines that have been carefully made by a handful of growers and winemakers. The grapes are thinned extensively from the hillside or other selected vineyards. They are typically aged in new French oak barrels for 18 or more months. These wines command prices from $100 to $500 per bottle.
- The Napa Valley, Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley, and Sonoma Valley are most notable for growing fine Cabernet Sauvignon.
- Within these regions are sub-appellations or AVA’s. Some examples in Napa are Howell Mountain, Rutherford, Diamond Mountain, and Spring Mountain.
Our Favorite Cabernet Sauvignon Wineries in the Napa Valley
- Beaulieu Vineyards
- Clos du Val
- Clos Pegase
- Duckhorn Vineyards
- Grgich Hills Winery
- Peju Province Winery
- Pine Ridge Winery
- Robert Mondavi
- Staggs Leap Wine Cellars
- Turnbull Wine Cellars
- Whitehall Lane Winery
These Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon wineries can be found on our
Napa Valley Wine Trail Guide
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