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Wine Kit - Cellar Craft Sterling Collection - California Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
WK201

Wine Kit - Cellar Craft Sterling Collection - California Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

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Description

Cellar Craft's Sterling Collection red wine kits are the only budget-level red wine kits on the market that include a "virgin," never-processed crushed grape pack to include in the fermentation. Made entirely from region-specific varietal juice and concentrate, and skins from the same harvest lots that the juice comes from, these kits produce a true varietal wine on a short timeline! Designed to be bottled in 5 weeks, these kits will benefit from an additional 6-12 months of cellaring in the bottle.
Makes 6 gallons, or 2 cases, of finished wine

Cellar Craft's Description

This California Cabernet, fermented on a 1.5 liter virgin crushed California Cabernet Sauvignon grape pack, delivers a characteristically firm-tannin wine with loads of black fruit character made more interesting by the vanilla notes from the oak. The aromatics suggest blackberry and black currant. Flavor is centered around red and black currants which remain evident through the nice finish. Six months of ageing should reveal a harmonized wine with somewhat softened tannins, but the wine will improve for a year or two. This is a wine to serve with beef and lamb.

Item # WK201
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Availability California - In Stock
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Weight 33 LBS
Grape StyleCabernet Sauvignon
White, Red, or RoseRed
Product LineCellar Craft
Skin Pack IncludedY
Ready In6-7 Weeks
Price$50-100
Concentrate Volume12L
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Cousin loves cab and hei
Joyce M on Jun 17, 2019
Cellar craft are my favorites
Jay W on Dec 14, 2018
Cousin loves cab and hei
Joyce M on Jun 17, 2019
love Cabernets
frank h on Feb 1, 2019
Cellar craft are my favorites
Jay W on Dec 14, 2018
Good reviews, Good price
Barry Y on Dec 6, 2018
Kit comes with grape skins to improve flavor and complexity
Justin Z on Mar 1, 2018
Made this cab before. Giving as a gift.
John J on Feb 19, 2018
reviews
jon s on Feb 13, 2018
love Cabernets
frank h on Feb 1, 2019
Good reviews, Good price
Barry Y on Dec 6, 2018
What type of yeast is recommended with this kit/included, and is there any oak included?
Dillon Boggs on Dec 28, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I have used BDX or Bordeaux red, BM45, BX 4x4 and MT, all with good result. My favorite was the BM45 for its overall depth of flavor. This kit also blends well with Syrah and merlot. there are oak chips included for use during fermentation. I usually add some oak staves during clearing and age up to two months before bottling. Good luck and enjoy.
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I usually use whole grapes but because of a lack of availability I tried several Cellar Craft Showcase kits including this Cabernet Sauvignon. The kit seems good with grape skins and necessary supplies. My issue is with the brix. The SG was as advertised for the concentrate but when diluted to come to the advertised 6 gallons the SG dropped to 1.06 or a Potential Alcohol (PA) of 7.5%. That's fine if I'm making beer but it isn't even good enough to make jug wine. It is hard to make a quality wine. Have plenty of sugar ready. Maybe a pound per kit. Very disappointing.
October 9, 2019
Purchased
1 month ago
great wine kit
I Have always liked and used Cellar Craft Sterling kits. I have never been disappointed in the results and the quality. MoreBeer is doing a great job in getting quality products to the customer. TkS, Jim
April 14, 2019
Purchased
7 months ago
Great bottles
Good value and good bottle
March 25, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
Tasty kit, first batch
Well i'm not really a wine drinker, but I decided to give this a go because I do prefer red wine over any others (except mead). It has been in the bottle now for about 3 months and is already starting to smooth out and has a great taste and aroma. Since I am not really a red wine guy it's hard to compare, but I can say that I have had worse from store bought wine. It's pretty tasty, and easy to make. Tip: don't try to squeeze the grape pack into a carboy, it gets messy. Use a large mouth fermentor or a bucket for primary fermentation. I did not use the supplied yeast pack, but took the advice of the employee at the store and used RBS 133 which he said helps smooth out red wines. It definitely did, and pretty much matched it's profile, giving the wine a nice fruity aroma and flavor, and reduced the acidity. I wanted the wine a little more rich so I added less water and went for a 5 gallon batch instead of 6, per the instructions. I think i'll try the pinot noir next.

December 2, 2016
three batch results
I have made three batches of wine from this kit. The first with the supplied yeast. It took six months before it was drinkable but disappeared quickly after that. The second was made using the BDX strain with similar results but much better after six months in the bottle. The last batch was made using the MT strain of yeast. Much better nose and substantially better overall, again after some time in the bottle. This kit responds better with yeasts more suited to cabernet. Malolactic fermentation should be considered if you want to win any competitions but is still very good if aged for at least five to six months. I have also blended the two batches from two yeast strains with good results but additional ageing is required to allow all the flavors to develop.
December 27, 2014