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Arabella

Arabella
2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Western Cape

Pair this wine with:
Beef Lamb Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Sauvignon

Date Tasted:
Country: South Africa
Alcohol: 14%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$9.99
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Arabella
2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Western Cape

Pair this wine with:
Beef Lamb Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Sauvignon

Date Tasted:
Country: South Africa
Alcohol: 14%
Ruby black color. Savory aromas and flavors of pickled tomatoes, sour cherries and blueberries, chestnut honey, and hint of crispy bacon with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-long finish that exhibits notes of creme brulee, sweet spices, nuts, and tobacco with chewy, fine tannins and light oak flavor. A crisp, refreshing cabernet that will be very versatile.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Savory & Crisp & Lively
Aroma Aroma: pickled tomatoes, sour cherries and blueberries, chestnut honey, and hint of crispy bacon
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of creme brulee, sweet spices, nuts, and tobacco
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Braised Argentine Steaks, Rack of Baby Lamb, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A crisp, refreshing cabernet that will be very versatile.

The Importer

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Cabernet Sauvignon

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Serve in a Cabernet Wine Glass
Cabernet Sauvignon is a variety that is the source of some of the world’s most celebrated and longest-lived reds. Grown in many countries, it is most famous in Bordeaux, where it is the principal grape in red Bordeaux as well as in California – especially Napa Valley- where it is labeled by its varietal name.

Cabernet Sauvignon has aromas and flavors of black currant, cassis, black cherry and sometimes plum (in warmer regions or vintages). Quite rich on the palate, the variety is very tannic, giving its wines a bitter edge in their youth, but also providing the wines with great aging potential, with top flight examples drinking well for as long as four or five decades. Given their richness and flavor profile, wines made from Cabernet Sauvignon need to be paired with rich red meats, such as steaks and roasts as well as game.

Besides France and California, other countries with warm growing regions also excel with Cabernet Sauvignon. These include the Maipo and Colchagua Valleys in Chile as well as the Bolgheri district, situated on the coast of Tuscany.