It’s hard to believe that a year ago, Rick Bakas started the global celebration of one of our most beloved wine grapes; Cabernet Sauvignon. This year’s (as well as last year’s) celebration was a smashing success. People from all over the world came together over the span of a day to sip Cabernet and discuss it on the various social media platforms. Twitter was the most popular platform with tweets using the dedicated hashtag, #CabernetDay. Pictures of what people were drinking as well as the global celebrations were shared on Twitter, Facebook, and even the newer Instagram photo sharing platform.
Several global headquarters held celebrations in honor of the day. I saw tweets from people celebrating in groups at various restaurants and bars across the country as well as in their own homes. Due to a hectic work schedule, I stayed in and opened up some Cabernets to taste in the comfort of my own home and joined the celebration online. Mark Buckley of Hahn Wines was kind enough to send me some samples of some of the wines from the Hahn family of wines.
2009 Cycles Gladiator California Cabernet Sauvignon: In the glass the wine poured a dark ruby color. On the nose, I got aromas of lush dark fruits, mocha, herbs, and spice. Rich dark fruits and spice encompassed the palate and the wine had a long finish. I found this wine to be adequately balanced and have good acidity. The wine was composed of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon and 18% Merlot. The wine retails for $12 from the winery. For the price, this is a good, approachable wine. This is one you can take to a informal gathering such as a BBQ. It will pair well with a burger or a steak.
2010 Cycles Gladiator Lodi Cabernet Sauvignon: The Wine poured a dark purple color in the glass with cherry dominant on the nose with cola, and hints of herbs. I got a lot of overripe fruits. For me, the wine had no acidity nor balance and felt short on the finish. I was a bit disappointed since this was my first experience with a Lodi Cabernet and was excited to try it. I was expecting a bit more. The composition of the wine was 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, and 5% Petite Sirah. It has a suggested retail price of $12 from the winery.
2009 Hahn Wines Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon: This wine poured a lovely dark purple color in the glass. The nose was powerful with abundant dark fruits, espresso, and a hint of baker’s chocolate. On the palate were flavors of more rich dark fruit, spice, and dark chocolate. The wine is balanced with an adequate finish. It has a retail price of $12 from the winery. This is a basic cabernet and a solid wine for the price. Again, this is one you will want to take to a summer BBQ or informal gathering with friends. It will go great with a burger or steak. The composition of the wine is 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot.
As always, I had a great time participating in Cabernet Day. I learned about new wines and had an enjoyable time discussing the wines with my friends and people from all over the world. This event was definitely another success for Rick Bakas and I am excited for the one for next year as well as the other things he has lined up for all his wine-loving friends from around the world. If you have yet to participate in an online event such as this one, I encourage you to do so. They’re not only fun but you get to meet a lot of fellow wine lovers from all over the globe as well as learn about wines that may be new to you.
* These wines were sent as media samples for review