Of all the grapes used to make red wines, Cabernet Sauvignon is easily the most popular option among winemakers. It is one grape that will surely result in a finely aged wine and it is also a wine which is guaranteed to improve as it gets much older. It can easily grow from a wine that is young and good to an excellent and superior wine with the most delightful of aromas. Sometimes it smells like blackcurrant and at other times it smells of cedar, flowers and even fruit. Other people claim new Cabernet Sauvignon wine smells like new leather, a taste which tends to smoothen out as the wine ages.
Some of the most profitable red wines made in the California are made from this popular grape out of all the red grapes available. These grapes were initially grown in the winemaking region of Bordeaux in France. Studies have been carried out which have tried to ascertain the true origins of this grape. Research however has shown that its origins can easily be traced to grapes such as the Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc.
Cabernet Sauvignon grapes tend to be small and round, they tend to have very thick skins as well. This factor makes them more resistant to disease than any other form of grapes. These thicker skins mean that during the rains where many grapes experience damage, they stay free from harm. These grapes tend to ripen a little later than most other grapes but they have the characteristics necessary for great winemaking. It also adds to the reasons why the grape is popular among people on a global scale.
Cabernet Sauvignon grapes tend to grow in areas where the weather is sufficiently warm enough but not extremely hot. The climate should be dry because this tends to give rise to a longer growing season. In terms of the soil, it shouldn’t be too fertile as this will result in the grapes not growing too well. If the weather is too cool or too hot or if the soil is overtly rich and if there is not enough sunlight or if the grapes are picked too soon, it will affect the quality of the grapes.
The popularity of the grape started as far back as the 1960′s. It’s a popularity was due to two reasons. One of these factors was due to the flavor of the grape and people felt at the time that the grape would become a collector’s item. These speculators were proved right and in time the wine attained the expected collectors’ status. It became so popular among a number of socialites as well as the nouveau riche who always want to remain in style. Regardless of the sort of aroma that you prefer, Cabernet Sauvignon grapes will always result in excellent wine. This is a fact whether you’re planning to make wine to serve to friends and family or you’re trying to make your own brand of wine which you’ll later put up in one store or the other for sale.