VineCo Signature Series™ Wine Making Kit - French Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot
Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot is quite possibly the premier wine blend, pairing two of the most widely-grown grape varieties in the world. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot on their own are the foundation of countless remarkable wines produced in Bordeaux, France. Now staples in other major wine growing countries such as Italy, Chile, and the US, these grapes have also become rooted in such far-flung countries as South Africa, New Zealand, Israel, and on and on. The “Bordeaux Blend” combines the tannic, more acidic structure of Cabernet Sauvignon with the juicier, fruit-forward contribution from Merlot for a result that is greater than the sum of its parts.
Our French Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot bursts with vivid flavors of black currants, plum, and dark berries, with subtle mineral notes, firm tannic structure, and heavy oak character. An alcohol content of 13.5% provides a considerably dry finish to this medium-full bodied blend. A proven favorite for wine lovers across the globe.
The Signature Series™ Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot is one of the most satisfying kits to make thanks to the inclusion of grape skins. You’ll mirror the professional vintner process of “punching the cap”, which makes your winemaking adventure even more hands on. VineCo’s jammy skin packs are much more expressive than dried grape skins, imparting more character from the grapes and boosting tannin structure in the finished wine.
High quality French oak cubes are used in the final aging process of the French Cab/Merlot kit. One of the reasons oak has always been used to age wine is the slow release of delicious, complex compounds that complement the wines flavor. Oak cubes have more depth of flavor than chips or powder and slowly release compounds like furfural (sweet, caramel like), lignins (vanillin, spice, smoke), and lactones (classic oak flavor). French oak in particular is known to deliver refined, less apparent oakiness than American oak. It's famous for adding mouthfeel and flavors of custard and chocolate while still allowing the fruit flavors of the wine to shine through.
The Vinceo Signature Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot pairs well with any evening occasion, and should be one of your go-to bottles for an important dinner or classy date night. Even though this blend can add a touch of refinement when served along a perfectly seared lamb chop, don’t be afraid to pour a tall glass while cozied up for a night of take out pizza and binge watching.
Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot, France
Black currant, plum, dark berries, subtle mineral notes