The oldest vines (between 60 and 80 years) produce fruit unlike any other. This Cabernet Sauvignon has stupefying levels of fruit and extract. The blackberry, blackcurrant and jammy notes give way to pepper, mint, cedar and black cherry. Dense and dark, with rock-ribbed tannins when young, it will round out to a smooth lustrous finish that goes on forever at its peak.
Sommelier Select Old Vine Cabernet includes grapeskins in the kit. Grapeskins are an excellent addition to wine kits. Not only do they enhance body, mouth-feel and tannin, they also boost color, flavor and aroma. This is because all of the raw ingredients for these things are found in the skin of a red grape. All of our red juices are macerated in our wineries to get the most out of their skins, but adding an extra dose of skin material turns up the volume on the wine's character.
The trade-off for the extra character is that the wines are incredibly bold when they're young. A lot of people think that's a good thing, but the other side of it is that when they're properly aged, six months to a year, they pay off big, and taste like a much more expensive bottle of commercial wine.
They're a little extra, but once you taste your wine, you'll know immediately where that money went--straight to the flavor!
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Yields 6 Gallons of Wine