Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the world’s most widely planted grape varieties and suffers in some ways from the same problem as Chardonnay, in that it’s very popularity means that some drinkers will look down on it ordering ABC Anything but Cabernet/Chardonnay.
Yet Cabernet Sauvignon is capable of producing some of the world’s best wines, notably in Bordeaux where it shines when warm autumns produce some incredibly long lasting wines. Throughout the world winemakers follow the Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. It blends beautifully in temperate climes, and makes full on alcoholic fruity varietals in warmer spots.
Typical flavours associated with Cabernet Sauvignon are dominated by blackcurrant, and mint is associated with the grape. In Australia, particularly Coonawarra this mutates slightly into eucalyptus. Violets and other dark berries such as black cherries are often reported. Oak and age add spice and cedar.