Known as the King of all the fine wine grapes, is there any doubt that it should deserve its own day for celebration? Cabernet Sauvignon is, arguably, the most well-known red grape on the planet and gained high regard early in wine history as the main proportion of the prominent Bordeaux wines hailing from the left bank blended with Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petite Verdot. These days it has continued its dominance and is bringing power, structure and finesse from New World terroir like Napa Valley, Coonawarra in Australia as well as the Maipo Valley in Chile. To honor Cabernet and share the love around the globe, grab a bottle and raise a glass this Thursday, September 1, 2011.
Cabernet Sauvignon is the 17th century lovechild of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc and if you “look” real close you can really get the black currant and graphite (pencil lead) aromas of the Cab Franc along with the grassiness of the SB. The skins of the grapes are super thick increasing the skin-to-juice ratio leading to significant levels of tannin and structure leading to great ageability.
How to Participate
Grab a bottle (or more) of your favorite Cabernet Sauvignon, host your own party or find a venue hosting a Cabernet Day event near you. Click HERE to see Cabernet Day Meetup locations near you.
If you are in the San Francisco or North Bay areas, there will be many locations in the Napa/Sonoma wine country hosting events for this very occasion throughout the day. We hope you will visit Cosentino Winery next to Mustard’s Grill, Thursday, September 1, from 5-7pm, where Girard will be pouring along with Cornerstone Cellars, Beau Vigne and pureCru. All wines being poured will be 30% off during and at the event only.
If you’re social media savvy, you can also share your thoughts on the wine(s) you have chosen as well as follow along with the global conversation on Twitter or any social media channel using the hashtag #CabernetDay.
For more information on this event, venues around the world and participating wineries be sure to check out the main event page HERE.
We will be pouring the 2006 Diamond Mountain Cabernet at the Cosentino Winery event.
2006 Girard Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Mountain
The 2006 vintage is our second release of our Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from vineyards with heavier volcanic clay hillside soils. It offers lush blackberry, brambleberry and even blueberries at the beginning, with hints of spice, light mocha and minerality layered throughout. Extended maceration ensures soft, integrated tannins making it very drinkable now with proper decanting but will also age well for 15-20 years.
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Long live the King!