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Italian wine and grape guide : Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon

The Cabernet Sauvignon is probably the most famous red wine grape variety in the world, it has French origin, Bordeaux and particularly the areas of Medoc and Graves, but has successfully spread to almost every winegrowing country in the world making it one of the most planted if not the most, grapes in the world.

Cabernet Sauvignon is the main grape variety in plenty of great wines from all over the world and has a large number of common blending partners, but when blended with Cabernet Franc and Merlot, the wine is commonly known as the "Bordeaux blend". Cabernet Sauvignon wines, wherever the grapes come from, always seem to have a handful of common characteristics, color, tannin, moderate acidity and aromas of blackcurrant and dark spices making its wines recognisable independently of their grape provenance.

DNA tests have shown that Cabernet Sauvignon is a crossover between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon and is a grape that easily adapts to all climates and soil types. In Italy, the Cabernet Sauvignon is grown all over the country, from Sicily to Friuli Venezia Giulia, vinified on its own or blended, and it is now also allowed in the blend of traditional Italian wines such as the Chianti, evidence of the value of the grape.