Weekly Wine Picks: Celebrate Cabernet Sauvignon day!
There’s lots of exciting things going on in Bath at the moment, whether it’s joining in with the Holburne Museum’s Summer Art Camp or enjoying some music from one of the hardest working bands in the UK, Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra. However you’re planning to spend the week, there’s no better way to relax in the wet evenings than with a warming glass of Cabernet.
Especially with Cabernet Sauvignon day this week on Friday 28 August! Okay, so there’s a little bit of controversy about exactly what day Cabernet Sauvignon day is supposed to be celebrated – but I’ve gone with one of America’s oldest Cabernet-growing vineyards, Concannon.
Concannon vineyards have been celebrating Cabernet Sauvignon day for over 130 years, so they must be pretty accurate.
In spirit of their celebration, I’ve picked a beautiful Californian Cabernet you must try if you can get your hands on it – amongst some other tasty Cabernet Sauvignons that are simply must buys.
Geyser Peak Walking Tree Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
I reviewed the 2011 vintage of Walking Tree from California’s Alexandra Valley in March and wasn’t hugely impressed. It was a tasty and robust Cabernet but it hadn’t synced well with its oak maturation, which was a shame.
But having recently tried the 2012 I will have to eat my words. This vintage has lots of dark fruits, impressive alcohol, and a much softer oak influence. Well integrated already, it’s a catch to drink young. Cheapest when bought direct from Waitrose for £10.99. Pair with this delicious lamb steak and crispy spuds recipe from BBC Food.
Journey’s End Sir Lowry Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Everyone knows I absolutely love the Sir Lowry Cabernet from South Africa’s vines in Stellenbosch. Chocolatey sweet plumbs intertwine with rich, ripe black fruits. A wine to truly savour in front of a roaring fire to the sound of the rain outside. Smooth, integrated, and definitely worth drinking now.
Despite its £14.99 price tag, this is one exception to fork out a little more cash for your wine. A treat for even the snobbiest Cabernet lover. The 2013 is almost as amazing as the 2011 I gave a whopping 86% BFWR.
Concha y Toro Casillero del Diablo Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
A favourite alongside a BBQ – if we manage to get a sunny day this week! – Concha y Toro’s incredibly affordable Cabernet Sauvignon is the perfect partner. Try with these sizzling BBQ sauce ribs. Alongside smoky, sweet meats and flash-grilled veggies, this Cabernet’s youthful cassis and creamy oak notes are ideal.
It’s a wine that’s also very good at reflecting Chile’s soft and quaffable red wine market that has pushed it into nearly everyone’s cellar collections. Easy to enjoy and, for just £7.99, it’s not going to hurt the wallet too much either.
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