Cabernet Sauvignon & Your Senses …
Thunder cracks! Lightning flashes across the sky. Suddenly, your day has changed as you dash for cover before an impending downpour. You can smell the rain before it starts to fall, can’t you?
Or gradually as the light increases so does the intensity of the gold, red, and purples as the stretch across the inky dark blue sky that melts slowly into a bright blue. Each moment the beauty increases with the brightening sky. Slowly the still quiet that enveloped you fades as everyone and everything around you once again come to life. Dawn fades to day.
All sensory information that you can relate to because you have been there, right? For the experienced wine drinker, saying the name of a wine varietal brings these same vivid sensory memories to their mind. This is one of the true beauties of wine.
What Tastes Dance Across Your Tongue?
Big and bold are words that describe a Cabernet Sauvignon wine’s taste explosion in your mouth. Another sensory experience with these rich red wines is that of tannins on your tongue. What does that even mean?
“Red wines have acid as well as tannin, and distinguishing between the two as you taste a wine can be a real challenge. When you’re not sure whether you’re perceiving mainly tannin or acid, pay attention to how your mouth feels after you’ve swallowed the wine. Acid makes you salivate (saliva is alkaline, and it flows to neutralize the acid). Tannin leaves your mouth dry.” is a helpful tip that is shared in
How Tannin Affects Red Wine’s Taste.
Tannins are naturally occurring due to the grape skins and are a part of the red wine making process. Science has repeatedly proven in numerous studies that red wine tannins have special health benefits for us. Tannins are what gives red wine it’s marvelous antioxidant health benefits. Fortunately, a good Cabernet Sauvignon is loaded with tannins.
Deep rich fruit flavors will dance across your tongue as you drink a glass of this purply red wine. Which fruit flavors depends on where it is grown? Warm climate Cabernet Sauvignons tend to have blackberry or black cherry flavors. Interestingly, Cabernet Sauvignon grapes grown in cooler climates will give your tongue black or red currant flavors.
Some folks say they pick up flavors of green peppers as they sip this wine. If you pick up a bit of vanilla, that was a result of being aged in oak barrels.
However it isn’t just your tongue that will enjoy this big bold red wine, your nose will too!
Stop & Smell the Cabernet Sauvignon!
What smells does your nose detect from your glass of Cabernet Sauvignon? Cassis? Tobacco? Licorice? Earth? Yes, all of these and more are possible for your nose to detect in this strong bold red wine.
Can you tell that wine is truly a delight for many human senses? It is an enjoyable sensory experience!
Cabernet Sauvignon needs to breathe too! Prior to serving, you will need to “decant” your wine. This means to pour it into a pitcher so that it is exposed to oxygen. Why? This can awaken the flavors in your wine. The older the wine, the shorter time you will want to decant it. Learn more about this How to Serve Wine 101:Why and When to Decant Wine.
Where did Cabernet Sauvignon Come From?
As a result of a fortunate accidental cross of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc wine grapes that occurred in southwestern Bordeaux region of France in the late seventeenth century, Cabernet Sauvignon grapes came to be. UC Davis wine researchers were able to prove this in 1996. (WHAT IS CABERNET SAUVIGNON? A GUIDE )
Ironically, Cabernet Sauvignon was the most planted wine grape in the world up until that time.
Drink Cabernet Sauvignon Alone or With Food?
To really enjoy a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon, you should pair it with food. Such strong bold wine can be overpowering without something to balance the flavors for your tongue. Typically, a strong cheese or red meats are excellent pairing partners for a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon.
A Thunderstorm of Flavors –
Hosting a dinner party and want to create a memorable meal? Invite Cabernet Sauvignon to be your wine! Serve it with hamburgers or steak covered in strong cheese. Surely this big bold wine’s flavors will melt together beautifully with the rich flavors and fats for an enjoyable thunderstorm for your tongue.
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You may also want to read –
Deeper Learning Dive on Cabernet Sauvignon?
General Overview –
Quick Video from Wine Enthusiast – Scroll down page Cabernet Sauvignon
Wine Folly’s – Guide to Cabernet Sauvignon Red Wine – http://winefolly.com/review/guide-to-cabernet-sauvignon-red-wine/
Growing the vines?
Jancis Robinson explains more about the where, why & effect of vines grown around the world –
Cabernet Sauvignon – https://www.jancisrobinson.com/learn/grape-varieties/red/cabernet-sauvignon
More on Tannins?
What is a Tannin? A Guide to Tannins
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