All about Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Sauvignon is a famous global red wine variety grown in almost major countries that produce wine. The wine is full-bodied and acidic, with hard tannins that mellow with age. It is made from red wine grapes.
Cabernet Sauvignon became internationally popular through its eminence in Bordeaux where it often mixed with Cabernet Franc and Merlot. With its origin in Spain and France, the grape has its roots across Europe and the New World. It spread over the years to regions such as Paso Robles, Napa Valley, Cruz Mountains, and Coonawarra among others.
Making Cabernet Sauvignon Wines
Cabernet Sauvignon has a very small, thick skin grape creating a 1:12 seed to fruit high ratio. The high proportions of tannins and phenols from these elements can influence the structure and flavor of the wine, especially when made to macerate for long periods before fermentation. Long maceration periods result in tannic and flavorful wines. Cabernet is fermented at high temperatures after the maceration, which results in a wine with more flavor components and deeper colors.
The tannic nature of the Cabernet Sauvignon is a vital characteristic that must be considered in the production process of the wine. The elongated maceration period results in more tannins being obtained from the grapes’ skin and are normally felt in the resulting wine. Winemakers can decide to lengthen the maceration time to maximize the flavor and color concentration. In such situations, other methods such as oak aging are adopted to soften the tannin levels.
Cabernet Sauvignon has dark flavors of black cherry, blackcurrant, and blackberry with tobacco, wood, vanilla, and green bell pepper notes. Cabernet Sauvignon is a dry wine with a delicate, fruity flavor that satisfies your tongue and leaves you wanting more. When you sniff the wine, you'll get faint aromas of dark chocolate, graphite, and green peppercorn.
Cabernet Sauvignon is mostly mixed with Merlot, a sweeter, easier-to-drink wine than the former. This is due to Cabernet Sauvignon's high tannin and acidity levels, which are softer in Merlot.
How to drink Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Sauvignon should be opened and served at room temperature or slightly chilled. The wine is best enjoyed with food and pairs best with meat entrée but also goes well with vegetarian dishes such as cheeses and Portobello mushrooms.
Bordeaux glass with a large less rounded bowl makes a perfect fit when serving Cabernet Sauvignon. Take your time to appreciate the aromas, sip and taste the flavors. With a good quality red wine brand, I would say it’s an experience of a lifetime; like tasting liquid sunshine.
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