Cabernet Sauvignon Wines

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007 at 12:00 am

Cabernet Sauvignon is considered to be the king of all red wine grapes. It is actually one of the most widely planted red grape varieties today. This wine type has been praised as having a depth and richness that is quite uncommon and unique. It is the principal grape blend for most Bordeaux wines. Cabernet Sauvignon wines are usually produced either alone or blended with other grape varieties.

It is the type of wine that is known to be the most dependable type for aging as well as improving its quality and richness with age.

Cabernet Sauvignon wines usually come from vineyards that are in a moderately warm and semi-arid regions that allow for a longer growing season than usual. Cabernet Sauvignon wines are known for their well defined aroma. They typically smell like black currants with some degree of peppery tones which may vary on varying climactic conditions from which the grapes used were planted on. When mixed with other grape types it provides a unique and interesting mix altogether.

In warmer locations, Cabernet Sauvignon can be supple and acquire some elegant texture. Cooler areas give it a marked bell pepper, oregano and tar flavors due to the fact that it can be a late ripener especially in cool areas. Some Cabernet Sauvignons can also acquire a very tannic flavor. The best Cabernet Sauvignons are considered to start out as wines with dark purple-ruby color, a full body with firm acidity and pronounced intensity. The best ones are also known for their concentrated flavors and firm tannins.

Although some of the best Cabernet Sauvignons can stand on its own, it is usually mixed with Syrah wines in Australia and in Provence, with Sangiovese in Tuscany and with Merlot and Cabernet Franc in South Africa. California wine producers have been known to produce top quality 100 percent Cabernet Sauvignons. California, notably in Napa Valley, has been known as the world’s largest producer of Cabernet Sauvignon.

Aside from California, other notable Cabernet Sauvignon wine producers include those coming form Tuscany in Italy. Although being regarded with suspicion in other Italian wine regions, Tuscany was still able to come up with top class wines that has been popularly known today as the "Super Tuscans". It was a risk that has paid off for the wine producers in Tuscany who continued on introducing Cabernet Sauvignons as part of their wine varieties despite not being the accepted type for most other wine regions in the country.

Other notable producers of Cabernet Sauvignon wines include those producers that belong to the New World. Countries such as Chile, Argentina, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia as well as Canada has been able to come up with good and, at times, top quality Cabernet Sauvignon wines, thanks to a more consistent climate in their respective regions as well as due to more innovative wine making techniques that has been developed through the years.