Why does Cabernet Sauvignon taste so good? | Wine Central

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Let’s identify what it is about Cabernet Sauvignon that you go crazy for...

What does the chart mean?
Basically, Cabernet Sauvignon tends to linger longer on your palate. This ‘lingering’ helps the drinker taste many different components within the wine over a longer period of time. Think about how a wine builds in your palate the next time you taste a wine.

  • Tannin tends to come in after the initial burst of fruit
  • The finish of a wine will either give the sense of sweetness or of tartness
  • Some wines have very little mid-palate
  • Some wines build over time, some diminish

 

Fruit
Cabernet Sauvignon has primarily dark fruit flavours including:
Currant, Blackberry, Plum, Boysenberry, Black Cherry, Blueberry, Jam

 

Herb, Spice, Other
Cabernet Sauvignon offers very savory flavors in addition to fruit with the following nuanced flavors:
Mint, Black Pepper, Red Bell Pepper, Violet, Eucalyptus, Anise, Bay Leaf, Cinnamon, Menthol, Camphor

 

Tannin
The tannins in Cabernet Sauvignon are bold, but when made well they come on smoothly:
Cedar, Tobacco, Sandpaper Grit, Gravel, Bitterness, Dark Chocolate, Grip, Graphite, Charcoal

 

Oak
Oak aging Cabernet Sauvignon smooths out grippy grape tannins and makes the wine feel more concentrated:
Smoke, Vanilla, Clove, Milk Chocolate, Fenugreek, Roasted Coffee, Dusty, Mocha

 

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