Day 22

On the homestretch!

Cabernet Sauvignon is a grape that has created some of the most highly sought after wines. It’s the main grape in Sassicaia from Tuscany, Screaming Eagle from Napa Valley, and Chateau Lafite from Bordeaux. It’s thick skins are responsible for deeply colored wines and a rigid backbone of tannin and acid which allows for increased aging potential. But this is not the only reason Cabernet Sauvignon is such a successful variety; it can also make quality wine as a young vine, and add some OOMPH! to red blends.


While this grape may have had humble beginnings in Bordeaux, France, it is now produced in every major wine region across the globe. It can take on a slightly different character in each place but it is more reliable than other international varieties like Pinot Noir.


Many don’t know that Cabernet Sauvignon is the progeny of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc. All of these grapes are found in Bordeaux and it is believed to have been a natural cross between the two grapes in the vineyard.