Thursday, August 28, 2014

Happy Cabernet Day

Today is the 5th Annual International Cabernet Day, a day to celebrate and enjoy any Cabernet based wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet blends and more.  What is your favorite cab?

Here are a few favorite Cabs:

Silver Oak 2010 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – Silver Oak is world famous in their Cabernet Sauvignon.  I happen to enjoy their Alexander Valley Cab since it is friendly and open when drinking it by itself, but still is a great wine to serve with food.  It has the deep garnet color you expect from a fine Cab and a very enjoyable nose of cassis, blueberry, blackberry, dark fruits, tobacco and coffee.  Many of these aromas carry on to the palate and so enjoyable when combined with the full body of the wine leading onto a long complex finish.

McGrail Vineyards 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve – McGrail Vineyards in Livermore Valley has developed an art in making Cabernet Sauvignon.  A couple years ago the Reserve Cab won the Best Red Wine award at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.  This wine has a deep purple color.  The nose is a true delight with a blend of dark cherry, cassis, plum and spice.  You will detect a nice smoky element and a touch of earthiness.  The tannins are full and complex and it has a long balanced finish.

Cuda Ridge 2012 Livermore Valley Cabernet Franc – This is one of the top wines at Cuda Ridge, with a very fragrant nose of raspberry and blackberry, cedar and vanilla.  It has a warm full mouth feel and good tannin structure throughout the wine. 

Corte Riva 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon – This has been an excellent year for the Corte Riva Cab, with beautiful, complex aromas and flavors of blackberries, black cherry, cassis, and forest floor.  You will love the nice minerality and complex tannins that make this wine a joy to drink from its first whiff on the nose to that long finish.

Whatever Cab you like, take some time today to enjoy it, by itself or with dinner.

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