Cabernet Sauvignon the world’s most renowned, but relatively recent, grape variety for the production of fine red wine. From its power base in Bordeaux, where it is almost always blended with other grapes, it has been taken up in other French wine regions and in much of the Old and New Worlds.
Perhaps the most extraordinary aspect of Cabernet Sauvignon is its ability to produce a wine that is so recognizably Cabernet. What makes Cabernet Sauvignon so remarkable to taste is not primarily its exact fruit flavor-although that is often liken to blackcurrants, its aroma sometimes to green bell peppers-but its structure and its ability to provide the perfect vehicle for individual vintage characteristics.
While Napa Valley leads the way for producing world class Cabernet Sauvignons, Washington State winemakers have made great strides in recent years in producing Cabernets as good if not better in many instances.
A few top Cabernets from Califonia: Spottswoode Cabernet, Caymus Napa Cabernet, Groth Vineyards Cabernet and Dunn Vineyards Cabernet. Top Washington State Cabernet wineries:Andrew Will, Dunham Cellars Cabernet, L'Ecole Cabernet, Leonetti Cabernet and Delille Cellars Cabernet