Cabernet Sauvignon is a noble grape variety that grows well in just about any climate that isn’t very cool. It became famous through the red wines of the Médoc district of Bordeaux. Today, California is an equally important region for Cabernet Sauvignon — not to mention Washington state, southern France, Italy, Australia, South Africa, Chile, and Argentina.
The Cabernet Sauvignon grape makes wines that are high in tannin and are medium- to full-bodied. The descriptor for Cabernet Sauvignon’s aroma and flavor is blackcurrants or cassis; the grape can also contribute vegetal tones to a wine when or where the grapes are less than ideally ripe.
Cabernet Sauvignon often goes by just its first name, Cabernet (although it isn’t the only Cabernet) or even by its nickname, Cab.