Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon (non-French), a red varietal dry still wine made predominantly from the Cabernet Sauvignon grape.

This topic is for ratings and reviews of the red varietal dry still wine Cabernet Sauvignon that is produced anywhere in the world except in France. [In France, Cabernet Sauvignon is not produced as a varietal but rather is used in and referred to as red Bordeaux, produced in France's Bordeaux appellation. Red Bordeaux usually is a blend of different varieties of red grapes, predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon. See the topic Bordeaux (Red) and Wikipedia, Bordeaux_wine.]

Wines are categorized as still wines, sparkling wines, dessert wines, and fortified wines. Sparkling wines, such as Champagne, contain carbonation and thus are "sparkly" or bubbly. Still wines ("still" since they aren't bubbly from carbonation), are either varietals or blended wines. A varietal wine is any wine that takes its name from its predominant grape variety, as opposed to a blended wine, which is a blend of different grape varieties. Dessert wines are sweet, as are fortified wines, such as port and sherry, which have other liquors such as brandy added to them. Aromatic wines, such as vermouth, have been flavored with herbs.

A vintage wine date denoted on the label of the wine indicates the year in which 95 percent of the grapes used to make the wine were harvested. Non-vintage (NV) wines are blends of grapes harvested in different years, denoted by the absence of a year on the label.

The names of wines reflect a dichotomy between "Old World" and "New World" that exists in the world of wine. "Old World" refers to traditional wine-producing nations of Europe and the Mediterranean, such as France, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Germany. "New World" refers to those countries where the wine-growing industry has been established since the arrival of European influences, such as USA, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Chile, and Argentina. The names of wine everywhere start with the name of the winemaker (or negociant who "assembled" the wine). What comes next in the name is where the dichotomy begins. Varietal "New World" wines are named for the most prominent grape variety used to produce the wine, such as "Cabernet Sauvignon," but "Old World" varietal and blended wines are named after their appellation, or area of origin. Appellation refers to the country, state, county, or viticultural area in which the grapes were grown, such as "Bordeaux" or "Napa Valley." "Old World" wine labels always include the appellation and sometimes include the variety of grape. "New World" wine labels always include the variety of grape and frequently include the appellation.

Rate and review the Cabernet Sauvignon varietal wines listed below or go to the Action section to ask that another Cabernet Sauvignon wine be added to the list. Make sure to include the year of production (or if no year appears on the label, insert NV for non-vintage), the appellation or viticultural area (AVA), and the price range, rounded off. Examples: Langmeil Winery 2003 "The Blacksmith," Barossa Valley, Australia Cabernet Sauvignon ($20); Delicato NV California Cabernet Sauvignon ($7).

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