Cabernet Savignon - did you know that it was originally produced in Bordeaux, France? Or that Chile is the second largest producer of this wine in the world?  A cross between Cabernet Franc and Savignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon is known for its deep berry flavors. And here are some simply wonderful ones to try as the fall weather comes creeping in!

Antler Hill cabernet sauvignon 2016, Napa Valley

Named for one of the most beautiful locations on the estate, Antler Hill wines are the finest in their exquisite portfolio. Carefully handcrafted using grapes exclusively from the best harvests and vintages in premium regions, these are wines to be treasured. This wine is barrel aged and bottled in California under the supervision and direction of their winemakers. The juice is fermented in contact with the skins, allowing for proper color and flavor development. After fermentation, the wine is pressed and transferred to French or American oak barrels. The wine is aged for about 24 months in oak. The color is dark blackberry and the nose is Cassis, wild raspberry, pipe tobacco, leather and a touch of vanilla. The tastes are blackberry, rosemary, licorice, tobacco with a rich structure, a good body with medium tannins and good aging potential. This wine goes well with steak, venison, leg of lamb. $75 

Bread and Butter cabernet sauvignon 2019, California varietal

At Bread & Butter, they believe good things shouldn't be complicated. Good things should just be good, honest and simple. And the same goes for their wine. They make good, honest, delicious wines meant to be simply enjoyed. They know that a good bottle of wine is an easy, thoughtful thing in a world that’s usually neither. So, if life doesn't suddenly get easier (and it won’t), they are here to help you. All you need to do is pour a glass, sit down, and don’t overthink it. As our award-winning veteran winemaker Linda Trotta says, “A good wine is a wine you like.” It’s time to leave the complexity to them and cheers with their classically-styled wines.  This 2019 is a ripe and robust Cabernet Sauvignon that charms with layers of mocha, fresh berries, black currants and subtle black pepper. Round and luscious, soft tannins weave into a smooth and lingering finish. Goes well with grilled ribeye, blue cheese burgers and the satisfying smack of a well-deserved high five. $15.99  

Silver Spur cabernet sauvignon 2017, Napa Valley

Aromas of black cherry, blackberry and toasted oak delight the senses. In this full-bodied and layered wine, flavors of black cherry, ripe plum, black current and violet unfold. Soft, well-integrated tannins lead to a long, lingering finish filled with savory spices. This wine is balanced, bold and elegant. After several years of drought, 2017 began with abundant rainfall, which replenished soils and helped vines rebound. The mild spring resulted in extended flowering and a seamless bud break, creating healthy fruit sets. Summer weather was temperate without noteworthy heat spikes. The cool nights and foggy mornings followed by sunny afternoons allowed the grapes to develop intense flavors and aromas while maintaining a nice acidity. With Labor Day came warm temperatures, which kicked harvest into high gear. In mid-September, the weather cooled and provided Cabernet Sauvignon with some extra hang-time. This has resulted in an elegant, layered and soon-to-be-celebrated wine. Nestled between two mountain ranges, the Napa Valley offers diverse microclimates and soils that are uniquely suited to growing fine Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine includes grapes grown up-and-down the Valley. The hillside fruit brings bright acidity, rich tannins, as well as intense fruit, floral and herbaceous notes. The vineyards on the valley floor provide ripe, juicy fruit notes and fleshy tannins. Pairs beautifully with meals featuring duck and red meat alongside roasted or baked hearty vegetables. 


 Silver Spur Limited Edition Ryder Cup Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, Napa Valley

A balanced, bold, and powerful representation of Napa Valley Cab, the Silver Spur Cabernet Sauvignon is full-bodied and delicately layered. A balanced, bold, elegant, and powerful representation of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from the 2018 vintage. This wine will continue to be celebrated in years to come, this wine is a true collector’s wine.  $35

Our Daily Wines cabernet sauvignon 2018, California

In the beginning, there was wine. It was pure and natural. These days? Not so much. Most wines add preservatives, called sulfites. Not these winemakers. They make Our Daily Wines without adding preservatives, so you can enjoy wine the way it was meant to be: pure and delicious. By definition, no sulfites can be added to certified organic wines, even though organically grown grapes have naturally occurring elemental sulfur. Our Daily Wines are among the few wines that contain no detectable sulfites. How do they accomplish this? Zero sulfites are added before or after fermentation. The natural antioxidants in the wine, tannins and color molecules act to scavenge oxygen. During fermentation, any elemental sulphur that may be naturally present in the grapes is converted to a gaseous form and is blown off during the remaining fermentation process. USDA Organic Organic simply means that there are no pesticides, fungicides, synthetic fertilizers or chemicals allowed on the vines or in the soil. Our Daily Wines are Organic Certified (since 1989), which requires certification of both the vineyards and the winemaking facility. Gluten Free Our wines do not contain proteins that occur naturally in wheat, rye, barley and other types of hybrids of these grains. Vegan Our wines do not contain any animal-derived ingredients or dairy products. $10

Hahn Cabernet Sauvignon 2019, Monterey California

Since 1980, the Hahn family has cultivated their hillside vineyards in Monterey County. Today, Hahn wines represent the family’s commitment to craft rich, supple wines which over deliver on quality yet are perfect for everyday enjoyment. Their Cabernet Sauvignon is grown in outstanding vineyards throughout California, primarily the warmer climates in Lodi and Paso Robles. Here grapes ripen fully and develop ample red cherry and black currant flavors on the vine. Once harvested, they barrel ferment our grapes in French oak, enhancing the wine’s mouthfeel and contributing a subtle spicy aroma. Inviting blackberry, blueberry and tobacco aromas are complemented by notes of vanilla and toasted oak. Rich and robust tannins frame flavors of blackberry cream, violet and mature red fruit, leading to a smooth, opulent finish. Food pairings include bleu cheese turkey burgers, slow cooker beef stew or filet mignon with a rich balsamic glaze. 

2018 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2018 growing season in Paso Robles was mild and uneventful. Plenty of sunshine, consistently warm, dry days followed by fog and coastal influences and cool temperatures at night ensured even fruit development with little variation throughout vineyard blocks. The fruit for this Reserve is sourced from three distinguished vineyards: Estrella River Ranch, Cass and San Juan North. The well-drained alluvial and sandy loam soils combined with the vineyards’ deep inland locations create the ideal terroir for intensely flavored wines with depth of flavor, excellent structure and naturally balanced acidity.The fruit was harvested in the cool morning, brought to the winery and sorted using an optical sorter. The perfect whole berries were then delivered to stainless steel tanks and cold soaked for several days. The wine was fermented on the skins in small lots with 5% barrel fermented. Fermentation was managed by pump overs for maximum extraction of color and flavor. The lots were then individually pressed and settled before transferring into French oak barrels (40% new), where the wine was aged for 24 months. Seductively deep and vibrant brick red with hues of crimson, this Reserve possesses aromas of purple flowers, red cherries, cassis, cedar, warm gravel and graphite. With time, the nose on this wine continues to evolve, revealing plum, leather and tobacco accents. The palate is youthful and vibrant, baalancing on the lighter side of blue and black fruits and berries. A second sip introduces cherry candy and wet rock minerality. A third sip brings forest floor bramble and dried herb notes. The wine is in constant motion, playfully dancing across the palate until it dissolves into dusty, fine tannins.

Cynthia Calvert
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A trained journalist with a masters degree from Lamar University, a masters from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, as well as extensive coursework toward a masters of science in psychology from the University of New Orleans, Calvert founded the Tribune Newspapers in 2007. Her experiences as an investigative, award winning reporter (She won Journalist of the Year from the Houston Press Club among many other awards for reporting and writing), professor and chair of the journalism department for Lone Star College-Kingwood and vice president of editorial for a large group of community weeklies provides her with a triple dose of bankable skills that cover every aspect of the journalism field. Solid reporting. Careful interviews. Respect and curiosity for people and places.

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