Cabernet Sauvignon Wine

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By Mark Adams

Mark is a professional winemaker, former winery owner, author and frequent speaker on wine.  He currently teaches wine classes throughout the United States.

There’s an old joke.

Name the three kings…Answer: Elvis, Budweiser and Richard Petty

Elvis: The King of Rock and Roll

Budweiser: The kind of beers and

Richard Petty: The king of racin’

Since I’m not really a fan of any of the above things, OK Elvis, I’m not sure why I told you that story except that I think that if there were four kings, Cabernet definitely would be the king of wine.

Cabernet Sauvignon wine has many names, Bordeaux, Claret, Cabernet or simply just Cab. But no matter what you call it, it is a very interesting wine.

Bordeaux comes from the Bordeaux region in the southwest corner of France. This wine has a slightly drier more tannic taste and is usually blended with merlot to take some of the bite out.

The English call Bordeaux wines Clarets. You may remember in the James Bond movie “From Russia with Love” Mr. Connery figured out on the train that the Robert Shaw character was a spy because he didn’t know that Bordeaux was a claret.

Of course any proper British agent would be aware of this…so there you have it, even James Bond knows his cabernets.

Outside of Europe this wine is called Cabernet Sauvignon. Most people will just shorten it to Cabernet or even Cab.

Cabernet is popular for many reasons. One is it fairly easy to grow and will grow well in many places. But the main reason is that it just tastes really, really good.

It has flavors of plums, berries, a little spice and is usually stored in oak to create an oak flavor.

In France it’s usually drier. In the US, namely Napa, it has more fruit flavor and a higher alcohol percentage. In Australia, it has a touch more flavor and spice and is even sometimes blended with shiraz.

Three very different styles. But its like having three kids. How do you choose which one you like the best. I guess you’ll just have to try all three styles and decide for yourself!

You will also see vast price differences between bottles. Why is this? Usually less expensive cabs, under say $25 dollars have more of a fruity taste and a touch more tannin.

This wine ages particularly well so the more expensive wines tannins soften and the flavors dry out a bit as the wine matures.

But here’s the thing. Most people prefer the more fruity taste and don’t seem to like the drier aged versions. So that’s an enigma huh?

The thing you like more is actually less in cost.

How often does that happen? Go figure

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In reality, people who have been drinking reds for years have developed the tastes to appreciate the drier, less fruity cabs.

Here’s the skinny on Cabernet.  Maybe the world’s most popular red.  The taste is very different depending on the region.  The taste can change depending on the age.  Great food wine for steak

So depending on your flavor profile, find the style you like and go try that.

But regardless, think of Cabernet sauvignon wine as a hunka, hunka of burnin’ love. Thanks Elvis, wherever you are…whether you’ve left the building or not.

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