Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
Grown in mineral rich soil enhances the earthy tones of cherry and tobacco. Aging in Hungarian oak for 18 months gives tannins and great texture, creating its full body.
Cabernet Sauvignon, often referred to as the "King of Red Wine Grapes," originally from Bordeaux, with a substancial foothold in California's wine races, has the priviledge of being the world's most sought after red wine. Cabernet Sauvignon grapes tend to favor warmer climates and are often an ideal wine for aging, with 5-10 years being optimal for the maturation process to peak. Because Cabernets take a bit longer to reach maturation, allowing their flavors to mellow, they are ideal candidates for blending with other grapes, primarily Merlot. This blending softens the Cabernet, adding appealing fruit tones, without sacrificing its innate character.
Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the world's most widely recognized red wine grape varieties. It is grown in nearly every major wine producing country among a diverse spectrum of climates. Cabernet Sauvignon became intenationally recognized through its prominence in Bordaux wines where it is often blended with Merlot and Cabernet Franc. From France, the grape spread across Europe and to the New World where it found new homes in places like California's Napa Valley, Australia's Coonawarra region and Chile's Maipo Valley. For most of the 20th century, it was the world's most widely planted premium red wine grape until it was surpassed by Merlot in the 1990s.