Where can you find the best Cabernet Sauvignon wines? Read on to discover four regions producing the best Cab wines in the world today.
This red wine is one of the most grown in the world. Its popularity continues to increase and every day more producers plant this easy to grow red.
This means that you will find quite a variance in quality. This variance also makes it a little more challenging to find the right Cab.
Below, you will find all the information you need to select a great bottle of wine from the top four Cabernet Sauvignon regions.
Napa Valley is the first region on my list. It has some of the best Cabernet Sauvignon wine on the market. The climate and soil in the region make it the perfect place to produce these.
Prices for them from Napa Valley vary quite a bit. You will find them from $10 to $500+ a bottle. Even though the prices vary, you can still find some great Cabs from Napa at a reasonable price.
If you are new to Napa Valley red wines, start with a those between $20 and $30 a bottle with a rating of at least 88 or 89. This will give you a great introduction into the Cabs in this region.
There are hundreds of wineries in Napa Valley. Here are some of the names to look for when you want to buy some of the best Cabernet Sauvignon from this region.
The word "Bordeaux" seems a little scary for those just getting started in red wine. The perception of the region is that they only produce very expensive wines that need more than a decade to age. It's true that these are the wines that make this area famous. However, today you can easily find affordable, young, drinkable wines from Bordeaux.
Bordeaux has some of the best Cabernet Sauvignon wines in the world. The French typically enjoy theirs with meals, so their wines are very food friendly. A great Bordeaux is always a hit at dinner parties or the perfect match with every day dinners.
Most people don't realize that Merlot is the most grown red in Bordeaux. This means you need to look for certain AOCs, Appellation d'Origine Controlee -- regulated quality growing regions -- to find a red Bordeaux with a high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon.
Pauillac, St. Julien and Margaux are three communal AOCs in Bordeaux with some of the highest quality red wine blends. Haut Medoc and Medoc are two other AOCs with a high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in their blends. The last two are larger wine regions, so the quality is just a little lower than the communal AOCs mentioned above.
The image above shows a wine label from Pauillac. The words 'Appellation Pauillac Controlee' confirms this wine is from the Pauillac region. Not all Bordeaux labels will showcase the region name as large as this one, but they are required to show it somewhere on the front label so you can always see the wine's origin.
Next on the list is the Columbia Valley in the state of Washington. This is the largest region in Washington State and encompasses several smaller sub-regions.
Columbia Valley is located at a similar latitude as Bordeaux. It has an average of 17 hours of sunshine a day during the growing season. Both of these combine to create the perfect climate to produce Cabernet wines.
Some of the best Cabernet Sauvignon in the region comes from the smaller sub-region of Red Mountain. This region only has about 15 producers, so these wines are a little tricky to find. Some of the top producers are Hedges Family Estates, Kiona Vineyards and Winery and Col Solare.
Other producers with amazing bottles from the Columbia Valley include:
Although Shiraz is the most famous red wine from Australia, the Coonawarra region is where you will find some of the best Cabernet Sauvignon wine. This is one of the oldest regions in the country. It also produces some of the the finest wines in Australia.
Coonawarra's famous terra rossa soil is just one aspect that helps it produce award winning reds, especially Cabernet Sauvignon. In addition to the soil, this region also has a long growing season. This allows the grapes to ripen to their fullest.
Coonawarra is a small region on the southwestern side of Australia. Although you will only find around 25 wineries operating in the region, several other Australian wineries source grapes and produce Cab wines from this region.
Some of my favorite producers of wines from this region include:
Search for these Cabs or other great red wines on Wine.com.
Pauillac: This popular red wine region produces some of the best Cabernet Sauvignon wines in France. Read on to learn even more about this region and why its Cabs are some of the best in the world.
Margaux: Another communal AOC in Bordeaux is Margaux. It's another very important Cabernet Sauvignon wine region in France. Read on to learn more about the region and how to find some of its most popular reds.
Red Mountain: Located in the Columbia Valley in Washington State, you will find the small Red Mountain wine region. Discover what makes this region so popular and find more information on its red wines.
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