Cab is king around the world, especially for us here in the acclaimed Moon Mountain District AVA. With 11 distinct estate-grown Cabernets and several Cabernet-based blends, Ty Caton Vineyards is all about celebrating this renowned grape. With International Cabernet Day coming up on August 31st, here are our top 5 reasons why we can’t get enough of this one-of-a-kind varietal.
1.Cabernet is an ideal match for growing conditions in the Moon Mountain District.
The Caton Vineyards lie in the acclaimed Moon Mountain District of Sonoma Valley on the western slopes of the Mayacamas Mountain Range, known for its varying microclimates, elevations, and diverse volcanic soil that is ideal for producing high value and quality Cabernet Sauvignon. The vineyard sits on a warm site just over the hill from Napa Valley’s famed Mount Veeder AVA. The Moon Mountain District brings cool breezes that keep temperatures moderate, allowing for an extended ripening period and intense flavors to develop. We produce seven single block Cabernets that showcase each unique vineyard site. You can learn more about the Caton Vineyards and its distinct vineyard blocks here.
2. It’s a beautiful blending grape.
Cabernet Sauvignon is known for its intense flavor, bold tannin structure and aromatic profile. These elements have the ability to create beautiful blends with balance and structure. Cabernet shows well in classic Bordeaux-style blends like the Upper Bench Block Three- Bordeaux Blend composed of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Ty uses his creativity in the winemaking process to craft the flagship Tytanium Red Wine which is a unique blend showcasing all 5 varietals grown on the Caton Vineyard- Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Merlot, and Malbec. There are many possibilities to create something unique that demonstrates the art of winemaking through blended wines.
3. It’s a match for many food pairings.
From sweet to savory, there are many ways to enjoy Cabernet that enhance everyday life. This is a full-bodied wine with rich tannins, it pairs with nearly all red meat, cheese, even dark chocolate. We love this wine for the versatility it provides. View our favorite portobello mushroom and Cabernet pairing on our summer pairing guide for barbeque season.
4. It’s rich history.
Did you know that Cabernet is one of the most popular wine varietals in the world? Cabernet Sauvignon is thought to originate from Bordeaux, France in the 1600’s as offspring of Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc, giving some mirroring qualities in its flavor profile. You can find Cabernet Sauvignon planted all around the world in leading wine regions such as Bordeaux, Australia, Argentina, South Africa, and of course, Northern California. Cabernet has been studied for centuries which continually raises the quality and production standards for this leading wine.
5. Its better with age.
The saying, “like a fine wine, it gets better with age” is only true for some wines. Balanced wines with high tannins and acidity continue to transform with years in the bottle. Cabernet Sauvignon is a great example of how a wine can continue to develop into a smooth wine that is drinkable for decades to come. Wines with less tannin structure may not benefit from aging.