We’ve been seeing a lot of each other lately. Some might say too much.
It’s not you. You are perfect. It’s me…I need to see what else is out there.
Explore a little, have new experiences.
No, please don’t try to speak…it’s better for us both.
You know what they say if you love something set it free. (Sniff)
And if it comes back to you, it’s yours to keep forever….
I’m in a monogamous relationship…with a certain Cabernet Sauvignon.
Oh sure things are casual enough right now but I’m starting to get wrapped up emotionally.
I’m too happy and complacent.
I know I need to get out there and explore and I’ve tried to drink other varieties but I keep coming back… like a faithful lover.
Why do I need to go any place else when I have everything I need right here?
I might have to force myself to drink some Chardonnay just to get you out of my head.
I’ll be back because 2013 was an exceptional year for Cabs in Napa Valley with a long warm growing season to ripen the fruit and develop flavor.
In fact some of the 2012’s and 2011’s aren’t as expensive as the 2013’s.
2013 Black Stallion Cabernet Sauvignon
Black Stallion Winery is located in the southern region of Napa and is committed to crafting exquisite, ultra-premium wines.
It was also an historic equestrian center and horse farm before it was converted it into a winery.
Black Stallion has a philosophy of creating balance and complexity by blending small lots.
I got a bottle for around $28 at Ralphs but if you order it in bulk online then it’s a lot cheaper, more like 20 bucks.
The Cab has a big black cherry aroma.
There’s also plenty of clove, black currant and has a great chocolate finish.
You won’t be disappointed.
Made with the same grapes and grown in the same regions as some of the finest cabernets in the world, Black Stallion Cabernet is a steal under $30 dollars a bottle.
It’s worthy of it’s own rack in your wine cellar (or a NewAir Wine Cooler) as it will definitely get better with age. Invest in greatness.
History of Cab Sauv
Cabernet Sauvignon has been the flagship red grape of the California wine industry for decades and its popularity shows no signs of slowing down.
It was originally thought Cab Sauv derived from the wild Vitis Vinifera vines that used to grow throughout France and have been around since the Neolithic period (10,000 BC)
People thought that “Sauvignon” sounds like the French word ‘sauvage’, meaning “wild”.
But up until 1996 nobody really knew where the grapes came from until scientists did a DNA test to determine Cabernet Sauvignon’s true origins.
Cabernet Sauvignon was a cross between two well-known grapes: Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc.
The researchers found out the crossing probably occurred in the 17th century by accident.
There were two vineyards next to each other containing the two different types of grapes and they cross-contaminated resulting in the world’s most popular red wine!
Cab Sauv originated in the Bordeaux wine region of France but the grape spread across Europe and to America due to its hardy nature and full-bodied taste.
Records indicate that the grape was very popular planting in the 18th century.
Cab Sauv has a tough, thick skin that makes it easy to grow and harvest almost anywhere.
The thick-skin on the Cabernet Sauvignon grape is the key attribute to it’s survival and rabid proliferation.
The Bordeaux winemakers discovered it responded well to spending time in oak as that brought out more complex flavors.
The result was a wine that was full-bodied with a medium level of acidity and was perfect for drinking with food.
Vintners loved the grape’s robust level of tannins, which meant the wine evolved in the bottle over years.
Cab Sauv has a good amount of tannin which makes it dry instead of sweet.
Tannins are naturally occurring compounds that exist inside grape skins, seeds and stems.
Tannin is basically decayed plant matter sediment (or crap) in the bottom of the bottle that adds a textural element and makes wine taste dry.
About 50% of the dry weight of plant leaves are tannins and they add bitterness, astringency as well as complexity.
To really understand tannin, take a sip of black tea.
Note the bitterness in the middle of your tongue and a dryness in the front of your mouth…that is a tannin.
As growers started experimenting with the varietal, they began blending it with other grapes like Merlot, and created the world’s most famous wine blend: the Bordeaux blend.
A Bordeaux Blend is any combination of grapes used to make the red wines of Bordeaux but it’s mostly Cab Sauv.
WineFolley.com gives it a most appropriate description,
“When you smell a Bordeaux, you’ll often get hints of black cherries and licorice along with the earthiness. Imagine you’ve filled a new leather bag with a pound of black cherries and held it to your chest while rolling down a hill.”
The large scale spread of Cab Sauv came in the 1800’s when it was used to replant the diseased vineyards of Europe.
Cab Sauv is responsible for some of the best wine blends in the world but stands alone just as strong.
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