Many say that California Cabernet Sauvignon reaches its peak in the Napa Valley
California Cabernet Sauvignon is the signature grape of California’s Napa Valley and is grown in many areas of the state. Cabernet Sauvignon is the dominant red grape variety on the left-bank of Bordeaux. It is popular in many other countries including Argentina, Australia, Chile, and South Africa. Cabernet Sauvignon is a really “red” red wine with strong tannins, high acidity, and powerful flavors, usually black currant. One food pairing that calls for California Cabernet Sauvignon is Hare Stew. The multiple food pairings such as many beef and lamb dishes, venison, and a variety of cheeses that call for Cabernet Sauvignon usually go well with a high-quality California Cabernet Sauvignon .
California Cabernet Sauvignon wine starts at about $10 and goes up from there. As always be careful about El Cheapos. One bargain is the Fetzer Cabernet Sauvignon California Valley Oaks for about $9. It comes with berry and herbal flavors, a bit of spice and smooth tannins. This is a bargain. If you want to spend about three times that much take a look at the Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon Knights Valley with red currant and black cherry fruit, accompanied by anise and mineral. You can age this wine for a few years. The Georges De Latour Private Reserve Beaulieu Vineyard may cost about $70. Its flavors include cassis, plums, chocolate cherries, and tobacco. It's the kind of wine that you can age for a generation. And of course there is always Opus 1, the world famous California wine created in a joint venture between Baron Philippe de Rothschild and Robert Mondavi starting in the $200 range, which is actually a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, and other Bordeaux varieties such as Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Tell us your experience with this wine.