The DNA of Cabernet (A Legend was Born)

In the past century, Cabernet Sauvignon (also known as Cab or Cabernet) has enjoyed tremendous popularity as one of the Noble grapes in the world of wine. Built partially on its historical success in Bordeaux and New World wine regions such as in California and Australia, planting the grape is considered a solid choice in any wine region that is warm enough to cultivate it. Among consumers, Cabernet has become a familiar wine which has aided in its accessibility and appeal even from obscure wine regions and producers.

Where did it originate? Who were its parents? Grapes have parents?!

Through Mother Nature’s never-ending miraculous marvel, DNA analysis determined that a chance crossing between two grapes, Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc during the 17th century in southwestern France created the offspring Cabernet Sauvignon and… a Legend was born.

“Wine is constant proof that God loves us and wants to see us happy.” – Benjamin Franklin

Before this discovery, its’ origin had been suspected from the similarity of the grapes' names and the fact that Cabernet Sauvignon shares similar aromas with both grapes, such as the blackcurrant and pencil box aromas of Cabernet Franc and the grassiness of Sauvignon Blanc.

Its popularity is often attributed to its ease to cultivate. The grape contains a thick skin and the vines are hardy and naturally low yielding, budding late to avoid frost and resistant to most viticultural hazards such as rot and insect infestation.

The classic profile of Cabernet Sauvignon has herbaceous or green bell pepper notes that tend to produce full-bodied wines with high tannins and noticeable acidity that contributes to its aging potential. In cooler climates, Cabernet Sauvignon produces wines with blackcurrant notes that can be accompanied by green bell pepper notes, mint and cedar, which will all become more pronounced as the wine ages. One of the most noted traits of Cabernet Sauvignon is its affinity for oak, either during fermentation or in barrel aging. In more moderate climates, the black currant notes are often seen with black cherry and black olive notes, while in very hot climates, the currant flavours can lean towards being over-ripe and more Jam-like.

‘Cabernet’ continues to create new followers, satisfy its loyal consumers, mystify the experts and remind Collectors amongst us that true legends exist.

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