Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the most difficult wines to understand. In addition, it is one of the most expensive red wines. This is the signature grape variety of the Bordeaux region. What makes this full-bodied and tannic wine so valuable and unique? Let's find out!
Key Features of Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Sauvignon is a widely grown dark-skinned grape variety. Favored by winemakers in the southeast of France for its diverse character, it serves as the key ingredient for the famous Bordeaux blend. However, even Cabernet Sauvignon itself deserves your attention.
This rich dry red wine is for you if you prefer:
- Full-bodied wines;
- High level of tannins;
- Aged wines with a tart aftertaste;
- Dominant acidity;
- Notes of cherry, currant, black fruits.
As you may have guessed, this wine is not for every day. It is not suitable for hot summer days or picnics with light snacks. Cabernet Sauvignon is a winter story: candlelight, the warmth of a fireplace, inclement weather outside and a favorite cozy sweater.
In the glass, Cabernet Sauvignon has an intense dark red color. This suggests that the wine will not taste light. Be prepared to experience dry mouth and velvety tannins on the tongue.
Where is Cabernet Sauvignon grown?
Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the lowest maintenance grape varieties, which is why winemakers love it so much. The vines can adapt to a wide range of soils and climates, from rainy Washington State in the northern United States to southern Australia.
The best climate for Cabernet Sauvignon is the north of Italy, the Bordeaux region, the Russian south (Black Sea coast), the Napa Valley in California. They maintain the correct balance of humidity and sun, which is important for the ripening of grapes.
Have you always thought that Cabernet Sauvignon is the privilege of French winemaking? You will be surprised to know that other countries produce the same quality and delicious wines. On the website of Wine Russian House you can find the best varietal wines from Cabernet Sauvignon and several interesting blends.
Varietal wine or blend: what to choose?
Cabernet Sauvignon reveals itself in many ways when performed solo or blended with other grape varieties. Another important feature is the fermentation process. When aging in oak barrels, it acquires new shades and aromas.
The best way to figure out what you like is to try it. On the website of Wine Russian House you will find a wide variety of both varietal wines and blends based on Cabernet Sauvignon. Want something fruity and velvety? Pay attention to Dry Mountain VARIETY Cabernet Sauvignon dry red 2019. Are you a fan of woody aromas? Licuria Cabernet Sauvignon dry red 2016 is for you!
Remember that every bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon has a lot of potential for further aging, so feel free to buy multiple bottles. This way you will be able to study the changes over the years.
Serving and pairing: how to fall in love with Cabernet Sauvignon from the first sip
How to get the best dry red wine experience without being disappointed? Follow a few basic pairing and serving rules:
- Cabernet Sauvignon should be served between 16 and 18 degrees.
- Never forget about aeration. Full-bodied wines need contact with oxygen. Open the bottle 30 minutes before dinner.
- Fruity and tart flavors of Cabernet Sauvignon go well with fatty dishes - juicy steak, a good burger, beef short ribs, hard cheese, mushroom pizza with tomato sauce,
- grilled lamb. And, of course, some vegetarian options - Cabernet Sauvignon pairs well with arugula, eggplant, or radicchio.
The quality of the wine itself also plays an important role. Buy bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon in the Wine Russian House online store and stop restraining yourself from this noble drink.