What is in a Cabernet Sauvignon? 

Sommeliers know: the grapes make or break the wine. How the grapes were grown, where they were grown, and what variety was used all affect what kind of wine ends up in the bottle. And for too long, the casual wine drinkers of the world have had to rely on these experts to figure out what kind of ingredients are in their bottles. 

Well, grapes are in wine, obviously, but what kind of grapes? Only the experts knew.

The latest cabernet sauvignon release from Robert Mondavi is putting sommeliers out of a job by putting everything they use to create a velvety wine directly on the label. Robert Mondavi’s Private Selection Cabernet Sauvignon is made only from the variety of grape called cabernet sauvignon. The cabernet sauvignon grape is a hybrid variety, made by crossing a red grape– cabernet franc– with the white grape, sauvignon blanc, which is the main grape in sauvignon blanc the wine.

You might be saying to yourself, “Saucey, don’t try and fool me– all cabernet sauvignon is made using cabernet sauvignon grapes. That’s literally why it’s called cabernet sauvignon.” Well, no. Many wines sold as cabernet sauvignon, even at the higher end, are actually blended with other red grape varieties like pinot noir or malbec. Robert Mondavi Private Selection Cab is one of these cab blends, delicious though it may be. Cab made from 100% cabernet sauvignon grapes is much harder to find– until now. 

Finally, wine drinkers have full ingredient transparency with Robert Mondavi Private Selection Cabernet Sauvignon. Still made from California grapes aged in American and French oak barrels, this 100% varietal cabernet sauvignon has complex notes of ripe red and black fruits, vanilla, and coffee. It’s cabernet sauvignon in its purest form. 

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