Ruby Cabernet

Developed for the hot climate of California’s San Joaquin Valley, this red wine grape was bred by crossing Cabernet Sauvignon with Carignan. Most of Ruby Cabernet’s acreage in California is in the Central Valley, where it improves the quality of the area’s basic bulk wine blends providing backbone with its good natural acidity. Despite this workhorse role, Ruby Cabernet does show promise in cooler, coastal areas, though few are willing to allocated such valuable vineyard acreage to the variety. Also grown to a limited degree in Australia, Argentina, Chile and South Africa. The wines made from this grape may not possess the distinguishing flavor and structure of its famous parent, but do manage to exhibit some of the fruity aromatics. Ruby Cabernet is vulnerable to powdery mildew and has been susceptible to both leaf roll and fan leaf virus.

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  • The majority of wines on the market these days are meant to be consumed within one to five years. This is a natural law. Producing wines that can sit in the cellar for decades is time-consuming and expensive. There is a time and place for wines that age and adventurous palates are required. Most all age-worthy wines will have high acid, tannin, ... Read More

    From the article Your Guide to Aged Wines


  • VV-the Bedrock looks good tell us more about it? I have way more Zin's than Syrah's from them. Last night we had this very good 2010 James Blake Cabernet. Beautiful dark Ruby in the glass. Big nose of dark fruit, a fruit forward wine for sure but not over the top. Loads of Black-Blue fruit with a hint of minerality, medium body, excellent balanc... Read More

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  • White wines are a summer classic, but it has been a long summer. There is a good chance that you are surfeit with white wine by now. Ultra-hip rosé and orange wines aren’t your only options. Be a true trendsetter and cozy up with a late summer red. Summer calls for diaphanous red wine grapes that allow fresh fruits to shine without the deep, dar... Read More

    From the article Superior Red Wines for Summertime


  • Wine myths are often unspoken but incredibly pervasive. Their looming presence may prevent wine novices from feeling confident about how they drink. Most would agree that wine experiences are best enjoyed with friends, but myths can hinder otherwise joyous wine drinking occasions. “Sparkling wine MUST be enjoyed in a flute glass, or else!” “Wine... Read More

    From the article Wine Myths: Debunked


  • In 2012 it looked like this:1. Chardonnay (93,153 acres)2. Cabernet Sauvignon ... Grenache (5,846 acres)15. Ruby Cabernet (5,801)16. Carignan (2,547 acres)Rubired is used to make juice and powdered tannins. It's one reason wines like Earthquake Zin can be so dark. Plantings of Pinot Noir skyrocketed after the movie Sideways but that's leveling... Read More

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  • Trying to recall a conversation we had a little while ago on this subject.Whats the most widely planted (acreage) and produced (bottles) red grape in CA, U.S., and worldwide?I seem to recall a Snooth article mentioning Grenache as the most widely planted red grape worldwide, but that was some years ago. I'm assuming it's Chardonnay for white? Read More

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  • JD - Ruby Cabernet is one of the grapes produced at UC Davis. After Prohibition, the US wine industry was wrecked and they were looking for jug wine mostly. They wanted things that would grow in the hot Central Valley and they crossed lots of grapes to come up with something. They developed a few grapes but I don't know that any of them are used... Read More

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  • Avalon California Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    There are many intriguing stories of a mystical island called Avalon. Many stories of King Arthur visiting the island and forging his sword Excalibur there. And tales about the abundant lush gardens, beautiful people, and dreams of paradise were all part of the legendary Isle of Avalon. It was said that the Isle of Avalon was a place of wonder, ... Read More

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  • Grenache as Garnacha and Cabernet are blended in Priorat in some of the top ... ... It was really good. Ruby Cabernet was a hybrid created at Davis, yes?  Cab and carignane, mostly used in bulk wines.  I think the idea was to get Cab's good traits and Carignane's ability to grow just about anywhere hot.  Didn't really work out all that well.&nbs Read More

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  • It's interesting, Jon, that Ruby Cabernet seems to be grown a lot in BC.  I can think of two blends that I have had from there that included it--Tres Valles Kuwal (blended with Grenache and Tempranillo) and.Casa Pedro Domecq Reserva Real (blended with Barbera). Read More

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