Power and Pedigree: Benchmark Cabernet Blends That Wow


Power and Pedigree: Benchmark Cabernet Blends That Wow

Wine Team New York |
The legendary enologist André Tchelistcheff once quipped: “God made Cabernet Sauvignon, whereas the Devil made Pinot Noir.” While the thin-skinned, famously fickle Pinot variety gives vintners fits, the rich, robust Cabernet Sauvignon grape is often a winemaker’s best friend. Adaptable to almost any terroir, it produces some of the greatest, boldest red wines in the world, at a range of price points.

Napa and Bordeaux are two of the best-known regions for producing Cabernet-dominant wines—and several of our selections below showcase why these two areas win out vintage after vintage.

In sun-drenched Napa, with its mix of benchlands and valleys, classic Cab bottlings from Dana EstatesCorison, and Snowden overflow with texture and body. In Bordeaux, centuries of savoir-faire in the cellar and vineyard and a maritime climate tease aristocratic elegance from the grape’s natural power. Critically-acclaimed expressions from Château Lynch-Bages and Château Talbot deliver pedigree, refinement, and superb age-worthiness.

But if you just limited your collection to those geographic regions, you’d be missing out on stunning Cabernet exemplars like Italy's legendary Super Tuscan, Sassicaia; the old-vine Spanish blockbuster Torres Mas Planaor Australia's Cabernet icon, Bin 407.

Complemented by dancing partners like MerlotMalbecPetit Verdot, and Cabernet Franc that soften the edges and round out structure, the showstopping Cabernet blends below go a long way to showing why this grape is so universally adored.

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