Originally cultivated in the Medoc region of Bordeaux, Cabernet Sauvignon has become one of the most popular red wine varieties in the world. When grown in the proper locations, its small, dark, thick skinned berries produce wines of great depth, intensity, complexity and longevity. The extraordinary quality of wines has led to Cabernet Sauvignon’s reputation as the undisputed King of Wines.
Cabernet Sauvignon is a moderately late ripening variety with thick skins offering protection from occasional late autumn rains. Recent genetic testing has shown the grape to be a cross between Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc.
In general, Cabernet Sauvignon likes a warmer climate, which is why it does so well in California. In fact, California is the 2nd leading producer of Cabernet Sauvignon in the world behind Bordeaux.
Cabernet is a wine that will age for many years due to its intense tannin structure. Time in the bottle integrates the tannins with the rest of the flavor components. Due to the sometimes aggressive nature of the tannins, it is common to blend Cab with other varieties to bring out the fruit and spice components. Merlot is a common blending grape as is Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot.
In 2007, we found a vineyard in the Coombsville hillside of Napa, that produces small-berried Cab from four different clones. Harvesting at ripeness in late October, we barrel ferment the grapes in order to marry the flavor components of the barrel with the complex flavors of the fruit. We will release our augural 2007 Cabernet in 2010.