Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon is a powerful, tannic red grape of noble heritage. It is the base grape for many red Bordeaux and many of the best red wines from California, Washington, Chile and South Africa. Thick-skinned and late-ripening, it produces a deep colored wine with assertive tannins and an affinity to oak; it often produces wines capable of aging for decades. You can use Wine Enthusiast’s online Buying Guide to find the top-rated Cabernet Sauvignon among our extensive Cabernet Sauvignon wine reviews and easy-to-use database. Our Cabernet Sauvignon reviews will give you a general idea what to expect from wines made from Cabernet Sauvignon, and will help you find one that best suits your needs.

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100
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Shafer 2004 Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon (Stags Leap District)

  1. $215
A perfect score has to be considered in the context of its region. Shafer’s 2004 Hillside Select is tremendous as a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon that competes with its peers at the highest levels. It’s always a fabulous wine, but in warm 2004, Shafer’s amphitheater vineyard sheltered the grapes, ripening them to perfection yet protecting the “iron fist in a…  — S.H.  (3/1/2009)
100
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Cardinale 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $200
Tasted in a flight of great and famous Napa wines, this Cardinale stood at the head of the pack. Starts with a very fine nose of cedar, cassis, ripe blackberries and violets, then turns dramatic and refined in the mouth. Shows vast depth and length, with the finish a full minute of sweet fruits and spices. Marvelous tannins, so plush and elegant, so powerful yet…  — S.H.  (3/1/2010)
99
points

Trefethen 2005 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Oak Knoll)

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  1. $100
This is nearly perfect, a massive, monumental wine whose sheer power is matched only by its grace and refinement. The flavors of blackberries, cassis, dark chocolate, buttered toast and cedar flood the mouth, tightly controlled by firm tannins and good acidity. Decant for several hours if you open it now, but better to give it 6–10 years in the bottle.  — S.H.  (4/1/2010)
99
points

David Arthur 2009 Elevation 1147 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)

  1. $150
There are incredible aromatics on this Cabernet. It’s powerful yet subtle (how can that be?), all about sweet, crushed summer blackberries and pure cassis liqueur. Elaborate oak, in the form of buttered toast, is perfectly in balance, never overshadowing the fruit. The tannins are dry, rich and smooth, defining Napa elegance, grace and beauty. World class, dramatic…  — S.H.  (10/1/2012)
99
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Quilceda Creek 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley (WA))

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $125
The flagship wine from Quilceda Creek offers exotic scents of plum, cassis, loam, coffee and pine sap, a rich and evocative blend. The wine delivers all that is promised and more; it is deep and dense with flavor, polished, focused and persistent. Vanilla, espresso, fine tannins, luscious acids and cascading fruits.  — P.G.  (2/1/2012)
99
points

Venge 2008 Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Oakville)

  1. $125
An absolute joy and triumph. Just superb, showcasing the best of Oakville. Perfect tannins, as pure as velvet and sweet, and perfect oak, too, with beautifully applied char and wood spice. That the oak is 100% new is in keeping with the wine’s volumetrics. The wine’s flavors are a profound, heady expression of blackberries, blueberries, cassis and dark, barely…  — S.H.  (6/1/2011)
99
points

Stonestreet 2007 Rockfall Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $75
This is Cabernet Sauvignon lifted to greatness, an impeccable statement concerning this region of the high Mayacamas Mountains on the Sonoma side that, by law, is forced to bear a “valley” appellation. The wine is awesome, vast and complex, fascinating in every aspect, yet locked down in tough tannins that exaggerate the acidity, making the wine functionally…  — S.H.  (5/1/2011)
98
points

Quilceda Creek 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley (WA))

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $135
A bold, muscular, striking wine with nerves of steel, this offers a dense, demanding array of black fruit threaded with veins of espresso, smoke, tar, tobacco and iron. As it bursts with exotic barrel flavor, the fruit seems a bit buried, but time after time these wines unfold over the course of decades into glorious maturity. These are arguably the most long-lived…  — P.G.  (9/1/2012)
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