A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration, Cabernet Sauvignon enjoys success all over the globe. Inherently high in tannins and acidity, the best bottlings of Cabernet can age beautifully for decades. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in temperate climates like Bordeaux where it forms the base of the Medoc reds. These blends are typically mostly Cabernet with Merlot and smaller amounts of some combination of Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot. (Enjoying a great deal of success in various regions around the world, this blend is now globally referred to as a Bordeaux Blend.) Cabernet Sauvignon from the Napa Valley is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious, age-worthy, and sought-after “cult” wines.
Despite the modern importance and ubiquity of Cabernet Sauvignon, it is a relatively young variety. In 1997, DNA profiling revealed the grape to be a spontaneous crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc which took place in 17th century southwestern France.
This Cabernet is focused on the broader palate that is subdued from overly tannic expressions found in the same region. The blending of this wine aging in both French and American Oak lends its fruiter side to be showcased with dark berries, violet, and plum coming forward finishing with slight hints of chocolate. Pairs with aged hard cheese, wild rice, rosemary, beef filet, lamb, and even venison.