Gift-giving can be one of the most stressful parts of the holidays. Wine is always a welcomed gift and Cabernet Sauvignon is perhaps the most noble of them all. Having originated in Bordeaux, it is now being grown worldwide, notably Napa Valley. Cabernet Sauvignon wines are versatile in taste, mainly due to the varied temperatures in which they grow. It can be blended with other grape varieties, commonly Merlot and Cabernet Franc, to craft a rich and complex Bordeaux blend. The possibilities of Cabernet Sauvignons are endless. As a full-bodied red wine with fruit and savory flavors, Cabs pair marvelously with meat dishes, such as roasts and steaks. The meat flavors will stand firmly against the savory qualities of Cabernet Sauvignon, leaving the fruit flavors to shine. Here are a few of my favorites.
Sequoia Grove Vineyards 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($38)
Silky texture and ripe plum, blackberry and cassis; elegant, rich and balanced with hints of vanilla and toasty oak; polished, lush and quite lovely. 93 points
Mt. Brave 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Mt. Veeder ($75)
Deep, lush and smoky nose; smooth, rich and fleshy with a core of bright, juicy acidity; deep and intense, balanced and long. 93 points
Black Stallion 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Barrel Reserve, Napa Valley ($98)
Deep and dense color, and lush, rich nose; ripe and showing sweet toasty oak and spice; deep, intense and complex; long and lovely. A staggering 95 points!