Who doesn’t love a nice glass of Cabernet? You don’t have to be Phileas Fogg to enjoy the many great cabs from all around the world. I especially like Cabernet Sauvignon when I am grilling a big, fat, juicy steak or eating my favorite pasta with a red sauce.
Cabernet Sauvignon is dry and needs a warmer climate to grow. If you have never had a red Bordeaux, you are definitely missing out. It’s known to be one of the most famous Cabernet Sauvignons made, especially the wines from the French Pauillac appellation. Just swirl it in your glass, put your nose in, and you will be amazed.
Chateau Pedesclaux – Bordeaux, France 2011
Deep purple color with black fruit aromas and a long, lingering finish.
When I first tried Chateau Pedesclaux, I instantly smelled the black currants. Then I took a sip, and it knocked my socks off! I completely enjoyed the luscious flavors of cedar wood with a slight spiciness. Sometimes you may experience the taste of a cigar box perfume. If you have ever tried a Cabernet from Australia in the Coonawarra area, you will also notice a slight mint flavor. They say this is because of all the eucalyptus trees that are found around the vineyards. Also, if you’re ever in the mood for an Italian Super Tuscan from Tuscany, these wines are sometimes blended with the Sangiovese grape, and they typically have a delightful acidity with a sweet cherry flavor.
Hoopes Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon – Napa Valley, California 2012
This Cab has aromas of raspberries and violets with sweet cherries. On the palate, it’s full and rich, with a slight hint of sweetness.
Most of my guests here at Nino’s are big fans of the Cabernets from Napa Valley, California. Most of these cabs are very well structured, offering aromas and flavors of black cherry, black currants, and plums, with smooth, velvety tannins on the finish. Here are a couple of my favorites from around the globe.
Don’t wait 80 days to try any of these great Cabernets from any of these regions around the world.