Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabarnet Sauvignon{ CAB-er-nay SAW-vin-YAWN}  is a red wine grape variety, which originally comes from Bordeaux, France. The grape is relatively new, but it is the most grown red grape in the world, often it is referred as “the king of the red wine grapes”. During the 17th century French grape grower made a crossing between Sauvignon blanc and Cabarnet Franc. There are many reasons for the grape’s popularity one of them is due to the ability to grow worldwide, and in many different climates. Moreover Cabs sort from medium-body to full-body, and characterize for having complex wines with high tannin. It offers great flavors consisting of plum, cherry, warm spice, vanilla, blackberry, tobacco, chocolate, tar and leather. The preferred climate is warm and the ideal time for aging is 5-10 years. Cabernet grapes can be blended with other grapes, primarily with Merlot. The main reason is that Cabernet has a hard flavor and adding other grapes will soften the wine.


U.S.A is the leading country of production, with almost 70% of the world’s production. California is the state, which grows the most Cab grapes out of all the regions in the world, with a total of 79,700 acres. Other countries known for their massive production of Cabarnet are: Austria, Chile, Argentina, South Africa, and Italy.

In this video Fred Scherrer talks about which fruit will go in which of his Cabernet wines.

Interesting Fact about Cabernet Sauvignon

Most Expensive Wine 
Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon 1992

The bottle was sold on an auction for $500,000, in Napa Valley. The six-litter bottle of Cab is the most expensive wine ever sold on auction. Chase Bailey paid the price for the bottle, money that was later donated to charity. Time magazine.

 Cabernet Sauvignon 

Color of grape red
Species Vitis Vinifera
Cabernet Sauvignon Synonyms Cabernet, Petit-Vidure, Vidure, Sauvignon Rouge
Origin Bordeaux,France
Most common in Bordeaux and California
Phonetic pronunciation  CAB-er-nay SAW-vin-YAWN


Famatina Valley

Pircas Negras produces a line of single varietal wines, including Malbec and Torrontes, the staples of Argentina, along side Cabernet Sauvignon and a true Barbera (many Argentinian wines labelled Barbera are actually Bonarda).



The La Grolet “Tradition” and “Tète de Cuvée” wines from Château La Grolet are both marked by the distinct, older vine Cabernet Sauvignon that forms the backbone of the wines, even though it represents less than half of the blend.


The stars of the Languedoc, Syrah and Grenache feature prominently in the wines of Domaine Bourdic, but both are blended in surprising ways. “La Sentinelle” is largely Cabernet Sauvignon, while “Zappa” is a blend of Syrah and Grenache supported by old vine Tempranillo, something we had not seen anywhere else.



Sangiovese dominates the plantings, from the young vines that provide most of the wine in Sincero, to the mature, elegant, and unblended Nicole. Cabernet Sauvignon gives Nicolo it’s body and backbone, while small amounts of Cabernet Franc also make it into that blend.


The family’s diverse soil types as well as natural curiosity has lead them to bottle still wines as well, including Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, alongside the indigenous Raboso, a full bodied, layered, age-worthy red which might be described as combining the natural acidity of well made Cabernet Franc with some of the weight of Syrah.



Barra of Mendocino produces Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, and a late harvest Port style wine that we carry at Candid Wines. The Barra wines are generally from the family’s older vines on the hillside vineyards that were planted in the 50′s, 60′s and 70′s.

Mendocino is something of a climactic wonderland when it comes to grape growing.  Diverse varieties thrive in the area and the Barra family is able to produce clean, bright Pinot Blanc alongside Chardonnay, elegant Cabernet and Zinfandel next to fantastic Pinot Noir.

The roots of the Scherrer Winery feed the century old Zinfandel vines that grow in the family vineyard in the Alexander Valley. That is the fruit the Fred first set out to bottle when he was still a cellar rat working for others. Today, the program includes Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay from the same site alongside Pinot Noir from the Sonoma Coast and Russian River Valley.