Strains to know: Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon is an inscription that is most often found on the labels of red wines in our stores. No wonder – among all red grape varieties, Cabernet Sauvignon is the most famous and appreciated. Undoubtedly, we can also include it among the most characteristic varieties.


It is a strain with relatively small fruits, thick black skin and large seeds. It is this skin and seeds that are the source of tannins called tannins. And the tannins determine the complexity, fullness of the wine and its ability to mature for a long time. Very often it is Cabernet Sauvignon that stands behind great wines. It is not a strain for the production of young and fresh wines. This variety does not like rush. On the contrary – it needs a lot of time and lots of patience to develop and bring out what is most valuable in itself. Cabernet Sauvignon is a wine with a huge aging potential – on average it is 10 years. It seems to be made for fermentation and storage in barrels, gaining complexity and finesse with age.


What does cabernet sauvignon taste like?


Wines obtained from the cabernet sauvignon variety are dark red, highly tannic, with a multidimensional aroma. A characteristic note for cabernet sauvignon is blackcurrant with an admixture of liquorice and… paprika. Its strength and power depend on the region it comes from. The most powerful, highly tannic and complex wines with great aging potential come from Bordeaux, Tuscany and California. If we buy Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile, it will most likely be a slightly lighter and fruitier wine. On the other hand, cabernet sauvignon from Australia will almost certainly blow us away with its intensity and unbridled, hot, sweet and alcoholic character with an admixture of eucalyptus notes.


What to drink cabernet sauvignon with?


Because Cabernet Sauvignon is a wine with a high tannin content and body, it is best paired with dishes with strong, strong flavors. This is a dream wine for carnivores. Grilled and fried beef, roasted ribs in a thick sauce, dishes with a high content of pepper and spices – it’s the perfect company for cabernet sauvignon, especially the barreled, mature one. Fruitier and slightly fresher, New World cabernet sauvignon can be served with poultry and legumes. Unfortunately, it is not the best companion for cheeses and fish due to strong tannins.


Renata Pyskiewicz – Kowalska

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