How to Store Your Cabernet Sauvignon Wine
Cabernet Sauvignon wine is one of the most popular wines in the world. It is versatile and easy to make. It grows from cool to warm climates, and adapts well in different places and types of soils. It has a lot of body, tannins and flavor. It has fruity flavors with a little bit of spice and earthiness. It also has a hint of bitterness.
It is made of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. The premier red wine grape in the world that is dominant in Bordeaux, France. It is a small, dark and thick skinned grape that needs warmer conditions to mature perfectly. Also, its thick skin makes it more resistant against spoilage or disease.
It is best paired with red pasta dishes, red meat dishes like steaks and lamb stews, prominent cheeses and chocolates.
Bordeaux, France, Tuscany, Italy, Napa Valley, California and Chile are known to produce the best-tasting Cabernet Sauvignon wines.
Cabernet Sauvignon wines continue to change even after bottling and release. They become better with age. When stored properly, its tannins – the astringent components from the grapes and oak barrels gradually combine to form more complex and larger molecules. This results in wine developing a unique multi-faceted flavors and aromas overtime.
Proper storage is the key to ensure the proper aging of Cabernet Sauvignon wines; hence its best quality. Abrupt light or heat changes or traces of vibration may affect the process and cause undesirable effects. To avoid this, keep wine bottles in dark and stable storage places. Store them in a dark damp place like a wine cellar. Coolers with controlled humidity and temperature, caves, and basements make good substitutes for a wine cellar.
Also store unopened bottles to the side to keep the cork wet. Cork shrinks when dry. This allows wine to oxidize causing chemical reactions resulting in undesirable taste and odor.
Bottle size also affects the aging. Bigger wine bottles require longer storing time to reach its premium flavor. Wine’s large volume offers stronger resistance against heat and light. It also offers more stability that slows down the chemical reactions in the aging process.
Cabernet Sauvignon wines taste and smell great because of its premier ingredients. Yet, it would turn the other way around if stored improperly. It is best to keep the wine in a wine cellar from five to ten years to make sure to reach its peak flavor and aroma that everyone will enjoy.