Cabernet Sauvignon is among the worlds' most recognizable varieties of red wine grape. Although it is a fairly new variety of grape, in that it was only discovered in the 17th century, in France, Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are now grown all over the world, including in France, Napa Valley, California, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and even Lebanon! The international recognition of Cabernet Sauvignon came from its use in mixed wines from Bordeaux, where they are often blended with Merlot and Cabernet Franc wines.
Cabernet Sauvignon was the most popular variety of red wine the world over for most of the last century. Although it has somewhat been surpassed by Merlot since the 1980s, its classic profile including high tannin levels, a full-bodied flavor, affinity for oak, and a noticeable acidity makes it a recognizable favorite wine that ages very well. Cabernet Sauvignon wines from cooler climates often have blackcurrant notes, while wines from moderate climates often come with cherry notes and in hot climates the wine can be quite jammy. When aged, the tannins in Cabernet Sauvignon soften and the subtle notes in the flavor profile increase in noticeability.