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Cabernet

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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