Cabernet Sauvignon is widely accepted as the premier red wine varietals in the world. The small, dark, thick-skinned grapes planted wherever red wine grapes grow except in the Northern fringes such as Germany. It is part of the great red Médoc wines of France, and among the finest reds in Australia, California and Chile. In some parts of the world Cabernet Sauvignon is known as Petit Cabernet, Sauvignon Rouge, and Vidure.
Characteristics of Cabernet Sauvignon are dark cherry, cedar, tobacco, and black currant. Cool climate growth can give green pepper or olive. Up to 18 months of aging in small oak barrels before bottling Cabernet is common in order to achieve more complexity.