Serving Cabernet Sauvignon
Worldwide, Cabernet Sauvignon is one of most popular red wines. Napa Valley has all the characteristic that has made our Cabernet one of the most esteemed wines in the world. The full- bodied flavor of the Cabernet Sauvignon can only be enjoyed when it is properly served. Follow the steps below to learn how to serve Cabernet Sauvignon.
Cool to the proper temperature
Do not make the classic mistake of over chilling a Cabernet Sauvignon, or letting it stand at room temperature. We know that room temperature is the common term we all use when we refer to the serving temperature of a Cabernet Sauvignon. However, let’s get specific so you know exactly what that means. Store the bottle at a temperature range of 63 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit. When you are ready to serve, place the bottle in the refrigerator 20 minutes prior to serving, or in an ice bucket for 5 minutes.
Aerate before serving
Aerating the wine is necessary in order to enjoy its full flavor. This intent is to mix air into the wine, reducing the carbon dioxide levels that are naturally present. Aerating the wine also removes any accompanying odors that can conceal the wine’s true aroma. Ideally, you should use a decanter, but if one is not available, simply uncork the bottle and let it sit for 45 minutes to an hour.
Decant the wine
Not to be confused with pouring the wine into a decanter, decanting is the process by which we separate sediment from the wine. Sediment is somewhat common in red wine as a byproduct of the breaking down of pigments and tannin within the wine. To decant the wine, simply place the bottle in an upright position for 24 to 36 hours prior to serving.
Serve in the proper glass
A complex wine like Cabernet Sauvignon requires a wine glass that is large, and with a wide rim. Always hold the wine glass by its stem. This will prevent your hand and fingers from warming the wine beyond the perfect serving temperature. Warming a Cabernet above its desired serving temperature will leave your guests to experience unpleasant characteristics within the wine.
Ghost Horse Vineyard in St. Helena, Ca
Touring through Napa Valley is not complete without a visit to the Ghost Horse Vineyard, located in the Southeastern part of the Napa Valley, in St. Helena, CA up against the Vaca Mountain Range, home of some of the finest grapes in the world. The vineyard was planted in 1997 and has been owned by Todd Anderson, Celebrity winemaker of Ghost Horse wines at Ghost Horse World. Ghost Horse World is one of Napa Valley’s leading estates, and has become infamous the world over for the price and scarcity of its wines.
The vineyard produces 4 separate and distinct Cabernets. Each of the wines are 100% Cabernet. Part of what makes them distinct one from the other is that their fruit comes from a different part of the vineyard and each are produced by its own unique wine making techniques. Ghost Horse Wines, located in Ghost Horse World. Todd Anderson is one of Napa’s oldest Winemakers. He and his family have been making wine since 1983. The wines are highly acclaimed Cabernet Sauvignon, bearing an incredible intensity of sweet fruit and exceptional length. The wines are absolutely an Occult Wine Experience! Contact Amy Ash, their general manager, to schedule a private tour of the winery or for a dinner in your area.