DetailsMaster Vintner™ Cabernet Sauvignon makes six gallons of medium-bodied wine with moderate tannins, featuring savory notes of dark, dried fruit behind aromas of ripe plum and vanilla.
Wonderfully complex flavors of currants, blackberry and chocolate burst from this crowd-pleasing wine.
Master Vintner™ Cabernet Sauvignon gains depth and complexity with oak aging (not included), developing an aroma of peppery-spice that melts into flavors of smoked cedar, coffee and tobacco.
Yield: 6 gallons
- Details & Instructions
Type Red Origin - Body Medium
4.7 / 5.012 ReviewsBest wine I've ever made.10/10.... I used to have a store bought favorite red wine.... not anymore! I used the French Toasted Oak Cubes while it was still fermenting (day ~3ish) and it came out phenomenally. Everyone raved, so it's time for batch #2!July 29, 2016Tim's Excellent CabernetI'm doing my second 6 gallons of Tim Vandergrift's Cabernet Sauvignon because everyone raved about the first batch, and it's easy to make. I used other kits, but Tim's are very predictable and the results are spot on.July 11, 2016Easy to make and rivalsEasy to make and rivals more expensive brands. I will purchase again.March 20, 2016Tasty, but not exactly what I expectedI'll start by saying I have been making beer for some time, but this was my first batch of wine. Also, it probably fermented a little "cooler" than in should since it was winter. The gravity readings matched what they should, it just took a little longer to get there.
The end product was very "berry" forward, more like a Pinot than a Cab. The finish wasn't as tart/acidic as I like from Cabernets. With that said it is a good wine and we will drink the two+ cases we ended up with, it is just slight different from what I expected when I ordered a Cab.
If you like slightly fruity/berry forward reds, this is a good wine for you.Added Jan 13, 2017January 13, 2017First kit I ever completed.This was an easy kit to follow and the results were good. A very nice drinkable wine and with age it gets even better. The only thing I did not like was the video Tim Vandergrif posted using this kit had different instruction than what came in the box. Since he's "the expert" I was confused as to what to listen to. Although he does say follow the instructions in your kit. I just find it useful as a first timer to watch the steps as I go along. I got a gift card for Midwest for Christmas. I haven't used it because shipping alone will eatbuo the gift card,January 3, 2017Purchased
8 months agoLoved this Wine!I liked the video that walks you thorugh everything, step by step, liked the process of making it...I have made bottling/corking day a holiday!July 30, 2016Finished product is very good! Easy to make, too. I will make this again!January 26, 2017Purchased
1 month agocould be more full bodied but very good none the less. Easy to make.November 24, 2016Not bad, easy to make, fast.Easy recipe. Reasonable wine. I would recommend for a first wine.July 31, 2016
- Customer Q&A
Browse 7 questions Browse 7 questions and 31 answersWhat yeast is used in this kit. I purchased this kit and need to purchase an additional yeast packet as my packet has gone missing for some reason.BEST ANSWER: lalvin ec-1118Approximately what alcohol content did this have?BEST ANSWER: I've had these kits start between 1.080 and 1.100 so if you made no modifications to the kit (add sugar etc.) it will finish at approx. 10.5% - 13% ABV.If I were to add oak to this kit when would it be added ?BEST ANSWER: I have oaked at different stages with good results. If using oak powder, I prefer to add it during primary. But with chips, I find that oaking in the carboy after clearing works well. It's a more controlled oaking where I can focus on the length and amount of oaking to get the exact flavor I want.Is it appropriate to add extra tannin and if so how much to make it somewhat bolder?BEST ANSWER: Adding tannin can ruin your wine very quickly. It's easy to add too much. So I only add tannin to lighter fruit wines that need a little extra punch. I have never added tannins to a red grape wine kit.What is the source of the juice? California grapes?BEST ANSWER: These are not rated by source of grapes but rather the style of wine produced. Most of these grapes in most batches come from California yes. The produced wine is a California style cabernet. Cheers!if one wanted to "gain depth and complexity with oak aging (not included)" what would you suggest adding to the kitBEST ANSWER: Oak enhances the color, soften the flavors and impart its own characteristics to your wine. The choice is definitely yours. American oak is usually a bit more intense in flavor than it's French counterpart. American works great for the big, bold reds.
We would suggest a medium to heavy toast for the Cabernet Sauvignon.Is this a complete kit or just juice?BEST ANSWER: This is a complete kit that includes the concentrate, yeast, additives, and instructions.