Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Did you know...? About Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon is a red grape, grown throughout the wine world, second only in total production to Merlot. Along with Cabernet Franc and Merlot, it is one of the three components in the Bordeaux blend. It is also one of the main grapes that brought Californian wines to world prominence. The wines tend to be fruity in the New World and earthy in the Old World, with strong notes of currants, along with strong traces of tannins and the oak from barrel aging, along with deeper earthy and herbal note that come with bottle aging. Cabernet Sauvignon is often a prime candidate for bottle aging, as the strong flavors of the wine can stand up to decades of aging. In California, the grapes reach a high level of ripeness, creating extremely "hot" wines, meaning high in alcohol content.

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