Sauvignon is the premier red wine
grape in the world. Cabernet Sauvignon is the dominant
grape in the Bordeaux
region of France
and has spread to every other major growing region.
The Cabernet Sauvignon grape produces distinctive wines
that are tannic and can have long aging potential.
Average aging potential for Cabernet is 5 to 10 years in
order to achieve peak flavor. It is usually
blended with other varieties to make wines with increased
Cabernet Sauvignon is a small
dark thick skinned grape that gives average yields.
It needs slightly warmer growing conditions than many other
varieties in order to achieve maturity. DNA testing
shows that it is descended from Cabernet
Franc and Sauvignon
Cabernet Sauvignon Taste characteristics:
dark cherry, cedar, tobacco, black currant, cool climate
growth can give green pepper or olive. Up to 18 months
of aging in small oak barrels before bottling Cabernet is
common in order to achieve more complexity.
When you think of the finest
red wines in the world, you often are thinking of wines
made with Cabernet Sauvignon. Cabernet Sauvignon is known
in some parts of the world by other names including: Petit
Cabernet, Sauvignon Rouge, and Vidure.