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All About Cabernet Sauvignon

March 28, 2017

Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the most widely grown grapes in the world, as well as one of the world’s most recognized wine grapes.  Grown in a wide range of climates, and in nearly every major wine producing country in the world, the Cab is a favorite among wine consumers.

Did you know – 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.

Cab developed of a chance crossing between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc in France during the 17th century. Its popularity is often attributed to its ease of cultivation—grapes with thick skins and hardy vines that bud late to avoid frost and hazards such as rot and insects.

Does all the different climates Cab is grown in affect it’s tasting notes? “In cooler climates, Cabernet Sauvignon tends to produce wines with black currant notes that can accompanied by green bell pepper notes, mint and cedar which will all become more pronounced as the wine ages. In more moderate climates the black currant notes are often seen with black cherry and black olives notes while in very hot climates the current flavors can veer towards the over-ripe and “jammy” side.” – Wikipedia

So what does our Cab taste like? The Mira 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon is 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. The wine is aged in 100% French oak barrels, 60% new for 18 months. Blackberry, mocha and black plum flavors guide the palate to smooth, silky fine-grained tannins that come into focus in the long, lingering finish. There are also noticeable traits of spice and anise, and a wild forest fruit nose.

But what do consumers think? 

Perfect! Five Stars = Excellent wine. We served this and the Pinot Noir at a recent party and both were extremely well received. Thanks Mira!

 

A Delightful Cabernet! Five Stars = We got a few of the Mira wines for our company party this year to give them a try. I am normally a big cabernet fan, so this was my go to for the tasting. I was extremely pleased with this full bodied wine. Has a nice strong oak finish and is the perfect amount of dry, in my opinion. If you like red wines, I highly recommend you give this one a try – you won’t be disappointed.

Recipe Recommendations? Cheese, Meat, Pasta, Pizza…so many ideas!  Below are some of our favorites, but we would also love to hear from you on what you like to pair with Cabernet Sauvignon (besides good company)!

Braised Lamb Shanks with Roasted Broccoli and Squash // Sirloin Steak Kabobs // Aged Gouda & San Andreas

Wait…is this your Ocean-Aged Cab? We have been experimenting with ocean aging wine (Aquaoir), 60 feet deep for a period of three to six months time.  We successfully retrieved our first phase of wines in May of 2013, and yes those were all our 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon. Click here to learn more about Aquaoir.

Where can I buy?Be sure to check out our gift boxes offering huge discounts and shipping included on the Cab – plus check out our Wine Clubs which feature our Cab as well!

Mira Locations

Southern Roots, Napa Grapes

Napa, CA

Home of our boutique, limited production winery.

Charleston, SC

Home of our tasting room for our Napa Valley wines.

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