28 May Why is Cabernet still considered the King of the Reds?
Cabernet has been long-known as the king of the red wines. The reasons for this are listed in a wide spectrum, as everyone has their own views. However, one large reason behind this ruling is that Cabernet grapes are simply more adaptable than many other varietals. As long as a basic set of rules for growing conditions is followed, vineyards can expect to have reasonable harvests when selecting a Cabernet variety to plant. This is not the only reason for its popularity, but it certainly helps to make the decision when a vineyard has a prime block to plant.
Perhaps the character makes the king?
While the absolute strength of growth that this varietal offers is probably the driving force behind its selection, the character of the wine that can be achieved with these grapes is another strong draw for many connoisseurs. Not only is this wine capable of the most luscious hues, but it also holds the unforgettable ability to be powerful, yet subtle, and is extremely popular as a wine for aging. This makes it the preferred wine for many collectors who love to age their wines even further than the winery has already done, giving them the chance to taste the wine after it has evolved a bit more.
Cabernet is known to be a powerful wine, making barrel aging a near must in order to add a depth of character that is distinct, yet subtle at the same time. The many luscious flavors and aromas held within each bottle of Cabernet differ as much as the different types of Cabernet do, including:
- A rich cigar aroma and flavor
- Deep black cherry
- Dark chocolate
- Bell pepper
- Red berries such as strawberry
- Oaky notes
The variation of flavors depends, largely, on the soil in which the vines were planted, as well as the barrels it was aged in and how long it was aged. This creates a wondrous range of possibilities that allows Cabernet to remain at the top of the “food chain” of the wine making industry. That is not to say that other wines are not capable of such interesting variations but simply shows the versatility that Cabernets have displayed for centuries.
No surprise that Cabernet has remained on top
With so many vineyards and wineries working with Cabernet, it is no surprise that this wine has remained at the top of the industry overall. Good vintners realize how versatile the vines and grapes can be, thus pushing them to bring forth every possible outcome for Cab lovers to enjoy. We’re quite sure this will remain the same for a very long time to come. After all, when you have something great, why throw it away for something new?
Remember to drop us a note in the comments about the many Cabernets you have tried and what you’ve thought of them. We love to hear from our readers and your story might be the inspiration for our next feature post! In the meantime, from all of us at West Palm Beach Brewery and Wine Vault in South Florida, happy tasting!