Cabernet Sauvignon is considered to be the most popular red wine in the world. It is produced in many countries including the United States, Australia, Chile, and Argentina. It is also used as a major blending grape in many countries such as Italy where it is used in red blends nicknamed “Super Tuscans”. Most notably, it is popular in the Bordeaux region of France where it is often blended with Merlot and sometimes Cabernet Franc. Cabernet Sauvignon often dominates in the wines of the “Left bank” Bordeaux appellations of Médoc, Haut-Médoc, Pauillac, Saint Estephe, Saint Julien, Margaux, Graves and Pessac Leognan.
The biggest Cabernet Sauvignon producing areas in the United States are the Napa and Central Coast regions in California. These areas are known for their ideal growing climates to ripen this grape to its fullest.
Cabernet Sauvignon is generally a full-bodied and full-flavored wine that has typically black currant, plum and black raspberry fruit notes that may be accompanied by vanilla and other spice notes from oak barrel aging. Cabernet Sauvignon pairs very well with red meat dishes such as Filet Mignon and Lamb Chops. It is also a delightful partner with hard cheeses.