Commonly known as the king of red wines, Cabernet Sauvignon produces the most sought-after wines in the world, from the top châteaux of Bordeaux (principally the Médoc and Graves appellations) to the resplendent reds of California’s Napa Valley. Arguably the most successful red grape in the history of winemaking, its popularity continues to boom, with new plantings in top quality regions such as Argentina, Chile and South Africa. Even in Italy, where the focus is on traditional Italian varieties, Cabernet-based “Super Tuscan” blends such as Sassicaia are ranked among their most highly prized wines.
The appealing flavor, structure, longevity, and overall complexity of Cabernet make it a superior wine grape. The body is often full and richly layered, with an array of tastes such as black currant, black raspberry, eucalyptus and anise. Tobacco and cedar box spice are characteristic of the silky maturity of older vintages.