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Class 1: Cabernet and California


King of Reds
This is the title most frequently awarded to Cabernet Sauvignon. It is widely regarded as the most noble of red wines for its ability to mature gracefully for many years. Of, course, this level of quality is attained only when the grapes have been grown in top regions and vineyards and have been vinified by expert winemakers.

Napa is Cab Country
Years of Wine Spectator's tasting notes support the thesis that Napa is Cab country. Most of California's outstanding Cabernets, those rated 90+, are from Napa. You can expect these wines to be the most consistently complex -- and pricey.

California Cabs
That said, many top wineries in California's other regions produce noteworthy and sometimes outstanding Cabernets. A...

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