Cabernet Sauvignon makes the most dependable candidate for aging, more often improving into a truly great wine than any other single varietal. Long thought to be an ancient variety, recent genetic studies at U.C. Davis have determined that Cabernet Sauvignon is actually the hybrid offspring of Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc.
Cabernet Sauvignon berries are small, spherical with black, thick and very tough skin. This toughness makes the grapes fairly resistant to disease and spoilage and able to withstand some autumn rains with little damage. It is a mid to late season ripener. These growth characteristics, along with its flavour appeal have made Cabernet Sauvignon one of the most popular red wine varieties worldwide.
The best growing sites for producing quality wines from Cabernet Sauvignon are in moderately warm, semi-arid regions providing a long growing season, on well-drained, not-too-fertile soils.
In the mouth, Cabernet can have liveliness and even a degree of richness, yet usually finishes with firm astringency.
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