If you absolutely enjoy red wine, especially Cabernet Sauvignon, and are on the lookout for the best varietals, let this article be your guide.
The Romans addressed him as Bacchus, while the Greeks called him Dionysus. Irrespective of how you call him, he was the God of Wine. The wise words of Cardinal Richelieu further justifies a man’s love for this beverage. In his words, “If God forbade drinking, would he have made wine so good?” So do not feel guilty and enjoy every sip of this divine beverage.
Types of Wine
We’re all aware that even if people aren’t familiar with all the wines, the two varieties that they are definitely accustomed with are Red and White. Some of the other types that are normally available are Sparkling, Rose, and Dessert. While red ones acquire their deep color from the black grapes used to produce them, white ones are light in color and have little to no red tinge in them, as they are essentially made from white grapes. Hence, the difference between Sauvignon Blanc, which is a white variety, and Cabernet Sauvignon, occasionally known as Sauvignon Rouge, which is one of the best red wines.
It is essential to understand that most wines have certain characteristics, which is what helps us distinguish one from another. No two varieties will ever have identical flavors. Even Cabernet Sauvignon is no exception to this rule. Here are a few characteristic features of this beverage. It is usually a full-bodied, dry red wine, which ideally tastes like black currant, blackberry, possibly black olive, and moves towards flavors like spice, coffee, or even chocolate. Its scent is like oak and finds its best pairing when had with red meats.
Here’s a list of some Cabernet Sauvignons and Blends that cost USD 100 or more.
- Shafer 2000 Napa Valley Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon
- Ridge 2000 California Monte Bello
- Quintessa 2000 Rutherford Red
- Hartwell 2000 Napa Valley, Stags Leap District Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
- Quilceda Creek 2000 Washington State Cabernet Sauvignon
It may be difficult to believe, but red wine isn’t necessarily always expensive, unless of course you are looking for something that is in fact a top of the line produce. You would be surprised to know that you can actually get it for USD 30 and below. Better still, you can also get it under USD 20. Take a look at some of the available options.
Options Under USD 20
- Tilia Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
- Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
- Bonterra Organically Grown Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
- Lake Sonoma Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
- Whitehall Lane Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Options Under USD 30
- Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
- Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
- Columbia Crest Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
- Dry Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
- Hanna Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
Apart from all that has been said about it until now, there are several benefits of this beverage. Apart from being good for the heart, it is also known to help with regards to cholesterol. Studies have found that if consumed in moderation, it can help to raise the levels of HDL (good cholesterol) as well as reduce blood clots and help against artery damage. In fact, a study carried out by Mount Sinai School of Medicine reveals that consuming it on regular basis could help lessen the risk of being affected by Alzheimer’s Disease too.
All said and done, America, in the mid ’60s, saw Cabernet Sauvignon come forth as one of the most popular wines, making it a star in the years to follow.