Jul 20 , 2022
Cabernet Sauvignon is the most popular red wine in the world and one of my favorites, yet I just realized I haven't featured a California Cabernet yet in any of my blogs! This is probably because everyone drinks Cabernet Sauvignon, and my goal is to try and get you to expand your horizons and try new and exciting wines. However, I got to try this particular wine last week and it was delicious! It was in a lineup of about 6 wines. It was probably the cheapest of them all with the most expensive being over $100 and yet it was my favorite of the tasting!
Cabernet Sauvignon is the king of all wines. It is the most popular red grape in the world and is grown almost everywhere. The most well-known areas for Cabernet Sauvignon are Bordeaux France, where it is the primary grape for all the wines on the left bank of the Gironde River and in Napa Valley California. Napa Valley has become known as one of the best areas for Cabernet Sauvignon and with that, the price of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has gone up as well. When I started in the wine industry over 15 years ago, it was easy to find a Napa Cab for $15. Now, it is virtually impossible to find any under $20.
The style of Cabernet from California has changed quite a bit over the years as well. Many producers have started to create wines that are much more jammy in style and that are not quite as dry. The likes of Caymus and Quilt are very good examples of this. Not to say these are not good wines, but just not quite the style that I am looking for in my Cabernet. There are still amazing producers that make excellent full-bodied rich Cabernet that still have nice ripe tannins and a dry lengthy finish.
Today I wanted to feature the 2019 Truchard Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. Like I mentioned earlier, I just got to taste this last week. I was really impressed with the quality and style. This wine actually comes from Carneros which lies in both Napa Valley and Sonoma. It has rich ripe flavors of cherry and cassis with silky tannins that lead to a long finish with spice and more red fruit. It tasted like the Napa Cabernet of years ago, very traditional and classy. The best part was the price! With so many Napa Cab's hitting $40 to $50 and up, this is only $28! This wine way over delivers for the price point.
Although I usually am always trying to get people to venture out and try new grapes and regions, sometimes it is nice to just try new wines from grapes and regions that you are familiar with. So many people are drinking the same Cabernet from California and do not even realize that there are so many great options they haven't even tried yet. So, take this chance to try an awesome Napa Cabernet and probably save a few dollars in the process!