Often used but not unambiguous short name for the two red grape varieties Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. These are closely related (the parents of Cabernet Sauvignon are Cabernet Franc x Sauvignon Blanc), but it is not always clear which one is meant. Particularly in northern Italy, some DOC wines are inconclusive as to which variety or composition is included. As a rule, however, Cabernet Sauvignon is more likely to be meant, especially because it is simply more common. However, Cabernet is confusingly also a synonym for the grape varieties Béquignol Noir and Carmenère.
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