Cabernet Sauvignon is a full-bodied red grape first heavily planted in the Bordeaux region. Today, it’s the most popular wine variety in the world. Wines are full-bodied with bold tannins and a long persistent finish driven mostly by the higher levels of alcohol and tannin that often accompany these wines.
Black Cherry, Black Currant, Baking Spices and Cedar (from oak)
Full-bodied Red Wine
lamb, beef, smoked meats, French, American, firm cheeses like aged cheddar and hard cheeses like Pecorino
Cabernet Sauvignon Alternatives
Middle weight, lower in tannins (smoother), with a more red-fruited flavor profile
Light to middle weight, with higher acid and more savory flavors, one of Cabernet Sauvignon’s parent grapes.
Usually from Chile, very similar to Merlot in body, but with the aggressive savory flavors of Cabernet Franc
Bordeaux Blend, A.K.A. "Meritage"
Usually dominant to Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot, but also includes any of the other Bordeaux varieties
The noble grape of Tuscany. Similar in body, acid, and tannin to Cabernet Sauvignon, but more red-fruited and elegant