Wine of the Month: Cabernet Sauvignon

 

With winter in full swing, we’re embracing the warming qualities of our red wines, with one standing out as a holiday classic. Cabernet Sauvignon is not only one of our most popular wines here at Brooklyn Winery, it’s also the most planted wine grape in the world! That’s right, Cabernet Sauvignon is truly wine royalty, making it the perfect addition to your holiday table or New Year’s celebration.

Since this grape is planted in so many regions around the world, including the United States, we had several options when it came to choosing a vineyard to source our grapes from. This particular bottle was made with grapes from Musto Ranch in Suisun Valley, a small, high quality wine region adjacent to the more famed Napa Valley. But don’t underestimate Suisun, while this area has fewer tasting rooms and public attractions, it’s terrior (the environmental characteristics of the vineyard) is quite similar to Napa, producing robust, yet restrained red wines.

 

 

So how do we achieve such a perfectly balanced wine? Well it all starts on the vine. Cabernet Sauvignon is a late-ripening grape, meaning it’s one of the last to be harvested in order to achieve the right balance of sugar, acidity and tannin. The Cabernet Sauvignon grape has a thick skin, meaning higher levels of tannin that can be balanced with perfectly ripe fruit. This also creates a wonderfully rich texture in the wine that can stand up to the equally powerful flavors in your favorite holiday foods.

Our winemakers also chose to blend in an additional grape variety in this bottle, in order to balance the strong characteristics of this powerhouse grape. Can you guess what it is? The answer may be surprising! This bottle contains a little over 17% Malbec, for the perfect combination of lush fruit and bright acidity. You’ll note aromas of clove and anise with dried fruit flavor and solid tannins. Enjoy it now or add a couple bottles to your collection and hold on to them for ten years or more for even more refined, elegant flavors! 

 

 

We recommend pairing our Cabernet with your favorite meat dishes like roast beef, hearty stew or pasta bolognese. For vegetarians, savory mushroom dishes or even pizza are perfect pairings for this bold wine. If you have your own favorite Cabernet Sauvignon pairing, let us know and tag us in your foodie photos @brooklynwinery!

Cheers to the New Year and more amazing wine!