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Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Kit (Vintner's Reserve)


Product Number: 40390

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Vintner's Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Create a bold wine masterpiece with this Cabernet Sauvignon wine kit. This classically bold red wine is rich with black fruit and hints of spice. An excellent varietal to serve with lamb and other red meats.

  • Bold, medium-bodied red wine
  • Sweetness: Dry
  • Body: Medium
  • Oak Intensity: Light
  • Age for maximum benefits
  • Makes 6 gallons

Type Red
Body Medium
Sweetness Dry
Oak Type Toasted
Oak Intensity Light
Food Pairings Excellent with rack of lamb

Customer Reviews

34 People have reviewed this product

Overall Rating: 4.6

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Good kit with excellent potential Review by DaveM in Texas

(Posted on 5/29/15)

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I made this kit according to instructions for my first go-round. At bottling (per the instructions) it tasted very thin. However, this was mainly due to it youth (being "green"). After 3 months in the bottle, it had much more body to it. It is VERY fruit-forward, but lacks at the back of the mouth. Folks I have given this to rave about it, but I think it needs a little something. I figured out by experimenting with other wines that for a very cheap price, you can add to the mouth-feel of this wine with a handful of dried elderberries or a couple pounds of fresh blueberries/blackberries tossed in to ferment with the juice. Overall, I'd say that by itself, it's a very good $7 bottle of wine that I would not hesitate to purchase on a regular basis. With a bit more complexity from your own personal additions, it can be GREAT. The value for what you get compared to what you spend on this kit is excellent in my opinion.

Great inexpensive kit Review by DeepSouthTX

(Posted on 11/28/14)

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I wouldn't consider myself an expert wine maker or taster, however, I know what my taste buds like and they like this wine with a little modification. After making it once, I decided to bulk age it in the carboy with 1oz medium toast French oak chips for 9 months. All I can say is AMAZING! Patience is the key to these types of kits. Learn to start a batch at least 9-12 months prior to consumption. I now begin a new batch every 2 months and have 5 carboys for bulk aging. This step has been a game changer.

I agree with MNSavage that this is nowhere near a $30 bottle of wine. However, bulk aging it for 9 months makes it comparable to a $15-20 bottle. Bottling it in 5 weeks and drinking it in 3-6 months makes it a solid $8-10 bottle. Have patience and you'll be very pleased. Total investment for my first bulk aged batched was around $130 (kit plus a carboy, bottles I collected over the years), or $5 per bottle. Each batch thereafter takes another carboy until you have all of the equipment. I now have everything and come in around $3 per bottle (I never get 30 bottles, more like 27-28).

Winexpert Cabernet good table wine Review by MNSavage

(Posted on 11/24/14)

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This was an easy kit to make. The wine came out decent enough to be a good table wine. The users that claim this will rival a $20-$30 bottle must be getting shafted at their local liquor store. It is good don’t get me wrong, however it is nowhere in that league. I would echo other comments that the wine is way too thin. It fermented and cleared well, but looks pretty watered down in the glass(especially compared to a $20-$30 store bought bottle). Though they caution against modification of the recipe, perhaps this would better with less water to begin with, perhaps 5 instead of 6 gallons would yield a richer end product. I would rate this comparable to a $7-$8 red table wine(Trader Joe’s Red Blend perhaps), not a semi-expensive Cabernet. I am going to try the Chilean Cab next, and maybe the Lodi Ranch if that turns out well. Overall, I was a bit disappointed that it wasn’t better with all of the rave reviews. I will continue to sip on this over the next year and see how it improves. Good kit, but not great. Be reasonable with your expectations.

Solid kit Review by Pants

(Posted on 3/4/14)

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Kit was great, i went of the directions a bit but got an amazing wine out of it. all of my friends enjoyed it, and i gave it as a Christmas gift this past year, some happy family members!

always a tasty treat Review by jamesj

(Posted on 2/16/14)

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I have been through about 15 vintners reserve win kits. I drink this one before no means am I a professional wine taster. It was very good and I personally think it matched $20-30 bottles of wine.

Good value kit Review by Hank

(Posted on 2/6/14)

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Tastes good as I bottle it, am really looking forward to how it is in 6 months.
For the price, this is a bargain.

2nd Time Around Review by John T

(Posted on 1/29/14)

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This is my second batch of this Cabernet Sauvignon. The first batch was good but I learned a lot since then. My first attempt tasted great and many bottles are still aging however I tried to capture the entire 6 gallons and that resulted in a lot of sentiment in the last 5 bottles. I purchased a better bottle with racking adapter from Midwest and this does the trick. I settle for 28 good bottles instead of trying to get 30. This is a great wine at this price and very easy to make.

Good kit at a great price Review by Bolars

(Posted on 12/21/13)

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As long as you give this some extra time to age it's good enough. Its the perfect into kit because it's inexpensive and makes a good table wine. Its not as good as some of the very expensive kits, though for the price it's exceptional value.

Good at bottling Review by anthony

(Posted on 12/13/13)

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I just bottled this kit and it tasted good a bottling time. I can't wait to try it when it gets some age on it.

One of my favorite wine kits Review by Randy

(Posted on 12/4/13)

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I've made many batches of this wine. It is quite good for the price and easy to make. As others have noted, it can be a bit thin if you add too much water - keep the starting gravity on the high side and don't try to get the full 6 gallons. This wine really improves with age so give it at least 6 months.

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