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Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Details

Description: A nice ruby/light garnet colour with plenty of depth and a purple rim. This wine offers up aromas of fruit, mostly plum and black fruit with hints of, roasted beet, cedar, balsa and tea. The wine is very youthful and does need time to open to show its best. My first taste shows plenty of nice currant and plumy notes, but layers of dark chocolate and dusty tannin soon come to the forefront and take over. I poured the wine into a decanter and let it sit for an hour. This brought out much more of the fruit flavours, which are balanced by a nice streak of acidity. I suggest a year or two of cellaring, but it is nice to consume now with a little aeration and a little protein.

Varietal Definition
Cabernet Sauvignon:
Cabernet Sauvignon is the most widely planted and significant among the five dominant varieties in France’s Bordeaux region, as well as the most successful red wine produced in California. Though it was thought to be an ancient variety, recent genetic studies at U.C. Davis have determined that Cabernet Sauvignon is actually the hybrid offspring of Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc. Cabernet Sauvignon berries are small with black, thick and very tough skin. This toughness makes the grapes fairly resistant to disease and spoilage and able to withstand some autumn rains with little or no damage. It is a mid to late season ripener. These growth characteristics, along with its flavor appeal have made Cabernet Sauvignon one of the most popular red wine varieties worldwide.


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