Cab Day

Now that it’s International Cabernet Sauvignon Day (Yes! It’s celebrated every August), why don’t we take a quick look as to why everyone loves this red wine.

 

Part of a Revolutionary Idea

If you haven’t read the book Judgement of Paris, then you are missing out on some great stuff. The book, Judgement of Paris: California vs. France and the Historic 1976 Paris Tasting the Revolutionised Wine written by George M. Taber, shares the story of how one marketing incident turned the tables for blind wine tasting. And guess which wine was included in the blind tasting? Cabernet Sauvignon!

 

Historically Dominant

Did you know that Cabernet Sauvignon is produced in almost all, if not every, winemaking region? Though tracing the roots for this variety will take us to Bordeaux, France – it is literally everywhere. Even in the dunes area of China (Gobi Desert)!

 

Ever since producers started growing this vine, it was the most planted grape variety. Imagine thousands of acres were dedicated solely for it! It was not until the 90’s when Merlot decided to catch up with Cabernet Sauvignon. In fact, research done by the University of Adelaide once concluded that these two are indeed the most planted varieties.

 

A High Breed of Hybrids

Now how come Cabernet Sauvignon is always on the list of wines? Maybe because they are born to be famous! When genetic cross-breeding of varieties was further explored, Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc were matched and thus Cabernet Sauvignon was made.

 

But this information was verified through a study done by Dr. Carole Meredith and her research team at UC Davis. By using DNA typing it was found out that the two common grapes mentioned above created a new, a rich, dry, and full-bodied red wine.

 

Good thing you don’t have to wait for the Emmys to get a hold of superb Cabernet Sauvignon. Check out our list below and more on our website!

 

2016 Les Jamelles Cabernet Sauvignon Vin De Pays D'Oc [BUY NOW]

Our Cabernet Sauvignon Les Jamelles has aromas of red fruits (blackcurrants, strawberries) together with a light fresh vegetal note (green peppers), spicy scents (cinnamon, mint, honey) and subtle woody notes on the finish (cedar, oak, walnuts). This is an elegant and complex wine, long and velvety on the palate, with well-balanced tannins.

 

2013 Wolf Blass Shiraz-Cabernet Sauvignon Grey Label [BUY NOW]

 “The palate is medium to full bodied with layers of bramble berry fruits, fresh eucalypt notes and subtle oak. The wine finishes with finely textured, elegant tannins, displaying great finesse and fruit presence.

 

2003 Gralyn Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve [BUY NOW]

Very good colour; classic cassis and blackcurrant varietal character; medium to full-bodied; balanced, persistent but fine tannins. Good oak. High quality cork. Included in the “Best of the best by variety” list. Dense, inky crimson in colour with aromas of ripe black fruit, chocolate, and toasty oak. The palate is complex and full bodied; powerful yet elegant, with fine firm tannins and a core of rich cassis fruit. The finish is long and persistent. The wine will reward careful cellaring.

 

2012 Casarena Cabernet Sauvignon Owen's Vineyard [BUY NOW]

Look for big, bold, assertive aromatics and flavors. Broad, with layers of dark fruit with savory notes are accompanied by wonderful texture and seamless tannin structure.

 

2013 Miguel Torres Cabernet Sauvignon Manso De Velasco [BUY NOW]

 “The classical Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Manso de Velasco is produced with grapes from a cool vintage. It's spicy and turns meatier with time, with integrated oak aromas and moderate alcohol. There are notes of cedar wood and graphite. They are evolving towards the style of the wines from yesterday, with less alcohol—hence harvesting earlier—even if the grape provides for powerful wines (the vines are old and produce naturally concentrated wine). This has good drinkability and typicity. A textbook Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon. 58,822 bottles produced.

 

*In photo: 2010 Mayacamas Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon [BUY NOW]