Sommelier Select™ by Master Vintner®
The oldest vines (between 60 and 80 years) produce fruit unlike any other. This Cabernet Sauvignon has stupefying levels of fruit and extract. The blackberry, blackcurrant and jammy notes give way to pepper, mint, cedar and black cherry. Dense and dark, with rock-ribbed tannins when young, it will round out to a smooth lustrous finish that goes on forever at its peak.
Sommelier Select™ Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon includes grapeskins* in the kit. Grapeskins are an excellent addition to wine kits. Not only do they enhance body, mouth-feel and tannin, they also boost color, flavor and aroma. This is because all of the raw ingredients for these things are found in the skin of a red grape. All of our red juices are macerated in our wineries to get the most out of their skins, but adding an extra dose of skin material turns up the volume on the wine's character.
Yield: 6 Gallons
*This recipe kit uses a RealGrape pack to boost flavor and body. Because the grape skins are not dried, they take up more space in your fermentor. This recipe requires the larger 7.9 gallon wine fermentor.
- Details & Instructions
Wine Recipe Type Cabernet Sauvignon Type Red Origin - USA Body Full
4.6 / 5.09 ReviewsMay 5, 2019Purchased
1 year agoI’m just in the process of making the wine so I haven’t had a chance to taste it yet. My only complaint is they don’t put any wine bottle labels in the kit.February 18, 2019Purchased
4 months agoIn processThe instructions specify to use a 6.5 gallon Big Mouth Bubbler. With the addition of the grape skins there was not enough room so I transferred to a pail type fermenter. The initial fermentation was shorter time than the instructions indicated but not a problem. It's about halfway through the final step so it will be a while before I have an opportunity to sample it. Looking forward to the final product.January 31, 2019Purchased
4 months agojust now bottling-sample was excellent. can't wait for 6-month and one year samplingJanuary 2, 2019Purchased
5 months agoBest so farThe best red wine kit so far. Skins give it a lot more subtle notes. Definitely o e of our favorites. Will make it again.October 30, 2018Purchased
1 year agosmoothfirst try at red very drinkable smooth body low tannins fruity
hint of vanilla finishAugust 28, 2018Purchased
1 year agoJuice with SkinsI think the grape skins will really make this wine. Bottling today, and this one is going to be special.June 12, 2018Purchased
1 year agoSo far excellent! Just recommend clarifications regarding wood chips.Great timing on your part for review - just now ready to rack to secondary. Directions confusing to me I received 3 different packages of wood chips unlabeled with directions stating if you received chips add to secondary before racking as a longtime winemaker I have never mixed 3 different chips total weight 7 ounces in 6 gallons of wine seems a little woody to me would like clarification of type chips and dosageApril 2, 2018Purchased
1 year agoWine skinsI like the product but the directions need to be clearer about making adjustments for adding the grape skins to the wine making process.June 5, 2017Purchased
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- Customer Q&A
Browse 7 questions Browse 7 questions and 30 answersWhere exactly are the grapes sourced?how many liters is the kit?BEST ANSWER: On the box pictured above, at the bottom, it says "16L / 4.2 US Gallons - Yields 6 US Gallons."The grape source and the amount of liters in the kit type of yeast and the type of Oak?BEST ANSWER: I haven't a clue. But it sure smells great. Glad I could help. Cheers!My kit not come with a fermentation mesh bag. Is there supposed to be one in the kit and somehow got missed??BEST ANSWER: I did not get one either, and made a suggestion to include. A kit that cost that much should have a bagDo labels come with the kit for the bottles?BEST ANSWER: Yes, it comes with labels. They were decent quality with some graphics. Since I reuse the bottle and find it a pain to remove the labels I never actually used them though. So I can't comment on durability or ease of removal.How long does it take from start to finish?BEST ANSWER: It takes 4 to 5 weeks (depending on how long you decide to let it clarify) before it's ready to bottle. Drinkability increases with age. I'd say 3 months after bottling before it starts to have flavors blending well. Older is better!This juice kit came with EC-1118 yeast. Is that really the best for Cabernet Sauvignon? Why not the Red Star Premier Rouge yeast?BEST ANSWER: EC-1118 is the standard workhorse of the kit industry. Is it the absolute best for Cab Sauv . . probably not, but will it make a good wine. I made this kit about 18 months ago. It's been in the bottle for 6 months and it is drinking quite well. I expect it to be very good in another few months.
If you have RC-212 or BM 4x4 available I would substitute either one. However, the EC-118 will work just fine. I believe that the fermentation tehcniques and aging are much bigger factors than the choice of yeast.