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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  • Early Mountain Vineyards Foothills 2015


    68% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 8% Syrah, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Verdot. 10 months in French oak - 75% neutral, 25% new. Purple to ruby color. Very aromatic with tart red fruits - cranberry. Some earthy and blackberry notes as well. Zesty acidity.Dusty tannins which build on finish. Small hit of white pepper on finish. Read More

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  • Gabriele Rausse Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2014


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