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Top 10 Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 from Wine Spectator

Cabernet Sauvignon is the most popular red wine with a big bold taste and is one of the most expensive wines in the world.Cabernet Sauvignon wines always seem to demonstrate a handful of common character traits: deep color, good tannin structure, moderate acidity and aromas of blackcurrant, tomato leaf, dark spices and cedarwood.This time we'll cover the top 10 Cabernet Sauvignon and see what we find below. Also, note we will be doing a series of these posts for the most popular varietals so check back soon. Enjoy!

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9. Concha y Toro Cabernet Sauvignon Puente Alto Don Melchor 2010 ($125) >

Deep cherry red in the glass. The aroma of this wine is elegant and complex, brimming with notes of black currants and spice complemented by chocolate and tobacco. Soft tannins give way to evolving freshness with an elegant, persistent finish.Pretty aromas of blueberries with hints of sandalwood and cedar. Full body, with very integrated tannins and a wonderfully polished texture. The finish is extremely long and intense. Serious density and class to this. A blend of 97% cabernet sauvignon and 3% cabernet frac.

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32. Hidden Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County 55% Slope 2009 ($45) >

Dark and brooding, the bouquet offers intense huckleberry, red cassis, and black tea aromas, laced with hibiscus flower and brown sugar. The palate is firm initially, but with aeration opens up to give layers of dense cocoa, sweet spice, ripe black fruit and iodine, with touches of violet. The finish completes with a coda of hibiscus, sweet huckleberry, smoky tea and cocoa tannins.
Score: 93

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35. Amavi Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley 2011 ($29) >

The aromatics of this wine immediately start with earthy scents of dusty brambles and dried mint that combine elegantly with notes of bright fruit. This carries over to the palate in a lively combination of black cherries, raspberries, currants, and fig weaved harmoniously with exotic spices. The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon boasts complex structure and an acute balance between fruit and acid.
Score: 92

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42. Lapostolle Clos Apalta Limited Release Colchagua Valley 2010 ($89) >

Dark and deep inky purple red color. Still young, but opening on the nose towards ripe and expressive red and black fruit, such as plums, red cherries, dry figs and blueberries. Also, spices such as vanilla, clover and white pepper. With a concentrated structure, this wine has a round and packed attack followed by velvety and polished tannins filling the mid palate and a ripe and rich long lasting finish.
Score: 94

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44. Viña Cono Sur Cabernet Sauvignon-Carmenère Colchagua Valley 2011 ($14) >

The wine's color is an intense reddish purple and it displays aromas of strawberries, wild berries and plums. It is very expressive and fruity in the nose and concentrated in the mouth. Red and black fruits combine with a soft, underlying toasted oak flavor with soft tannins to create a beautiful wine served best with red meats, cheeses and stews.
Score: 91

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55. Veramonte Cabernet Sauvignon Colchagua Valley El Caballero 2011 ($12) >

Our Cabernet Sauvignon is a dark ruby red. On the nose, a beaut iful bouquet of strawberry, cherry and raspberry, complemented by notes of black pepper and nutmeg. Fresh and juicy on the palate with ripe strawberry, cherry and raspberry fruit flavors. There are suppple tannins and a velvety finish.
Score: 90

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58. TwentyFour Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2010($112) >

The 2010 harvest was an exciting one that kept us on our toes by throwing a few curve balls to the valley. After three years on the dry side, we were relieved to have the much needed rainfall, even though it delayed bud break by a few weeks. The cloud cover that stuck around for the beginning of the growing season insulated the valley, eliminating any frost damage, which was an added bonus. Over the summer, temperatures were cooler than normal, dragging out the growing season and causing us all to be extra aware of canopy management so we didn’t get surprised with mildew problems.
Score: 93

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61. De Martino Cabernet Sauvignon Maipo Valley Legado Reserva 2011 ($17) >

The Legado line of wines from De Martino showcase a specific varietal and their cultivation in the best terroirs of Chile resulting in wines that express the true character of each region. The bouquet consists of ripe aromas of cassis and black cherry, a mild touch of oak and a slight hint of earth. Medium in body with fantastic acidity, it is very juicy, with a medium-long finish.
Score: 92

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79. Marqués de Griñon Cabernet Sauvignon Dominio de Valdepusa 2010 ($40) >

Deep purple in color, this Cabernet Sauvignon bursts from the glass with aromas of black cherries, wild berry fruits and sweet spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, chocolate and tobacco. It is expansive on the palate: full-bodied, well-structured with fine, integrated tannins, and outstanding depth. Pair this wine with osso bucco, truffle and boar ravioli, or barbecue.
Score: 93

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93. Recanati Cabernet Sauvignon Galilee 2012 ($17) >

The 2012 delivers ripe black currant and cherry fruit with light herbal accents and spice and mocha touches from 5 months in French oak. Soft and easygoing, the light tannin will handle lamb but not get in the way of solo sipping, either.A rich red, showing good power to the mineral-infused dried blackberry, dark plum and currant flavors. Engaging dried herbal notes emerge on the focused finish.
Score: 90

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