Thursday, January 13, 2011
A few of our favorites.....
- Pinot Grigio
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Sauvignon Blanc
- Ridge Three Valley Reds, Sonoma County
This week’s favorite.........
The Cabernet Sauvignon grape is a small berry with a thick skin, giving it a high solid to juice ratio and creating a wine high in color, tannin and extract. Some typical Cabernet Sauvignon descriptors are cassis, cedar and currant. Because the grape adapts to so many different soils and climates and can flourish with different types of winemaking, its characteristics are different depending on its origin.
Bordeaux generally have more of an earthy, tannic side of Cabernet. It's almost always blended in Bordeaux, using other grapes to soften the tannins and add complexity. In warmer regions like California, grapes are picked when higher in fruit and lower in acid, often giving a sweeter wine.