Cabernet Sauvignon is widely accepted as one of the premier red winevarietals in the world. The small, dark, thick-skinned grapes are 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.
2) 2003 Schug Heritage Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon – An incredible acheivement by the former winemaker of Joseph Phelps Insignia! This cult classic is sure to move fast into the hands of collectors. Aromas of herb, dried cherry, plum and cedar are tight and taut on the palate. Well-structured. The intense, distinctive dark red fruit readily glows. While all of Schug’s reds are glorious efforts, their Reserve Cabernet truly rates among Sonoma’s finest. (On sale at Wines.com for $25 per bottle or $315 per case.)
3) 2007 Crios de Susana Balbo Cabernet Sauvignon– The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon spent 9 months in one-year-old French and American oak and was bottled without fining or filtration. Purple-colored, it reveals an expressive perfume of cedar, spice box, black currant and black raspberry. This is followed by a medium to full-bodied wine with lots of savory black fruit, enough structure to evolve for 1-2 years, excellent balance, and a long, fruit-filled finish. Drink it over the next 3-4 years. The Crios de Susana Balbo label has rapidly become synonymous with great value. (On sale at Wines.com for $13.89 per bottle and $149.89 per case.)