Naturally, every winery that produces cabernet sauvignon wine is going to claim that they have an incredible tasting wine, but how many of them can claim that they truly have one of the best cabernet sauvignons in the world.
Austin Hope and the Hope family have been producing incredible wines in the Paso Robles region of California for over 30 years, and their dedication to the craft shows in the quality of their wines.
Hope Family Wines offers a variety of different types of wines including chardonnay, rose, and sauvignon blanc, but their shining star is the Austin Hope Cabernet Sauvignon.
All of their wine varieties are available through their online wine shop, their local tasting cellar, and on store shelves all around the country, but what really makes Austin Hope Cabernet the BEST cabernet wine?
Growing the Best Cabernet Grapes
When it comes to producing the best cabernet sauvignon wine, it all starts with the growing region. If the grapes aren’t grown in the proper climate, with the optimal soil, the process will be doomed from the start.
Hope Family in the Paso Robles region of California which is home to a variety of AVA districts that are perfect for producing the grapes needed to produce some of the best cabernet sauvignon wine. These districts offer a unique microclimate in the area that mirrors that of the climate found in Rhone Valley in France, as well as Napa’s acclaimed Rutherford district. The days within the districts are warm and sunny, while the nights remain cool.
It’s this unique climate for the area, that lends itself to being a perfect region for growing the grapes needed for an incredible Cabernet Sauvignon wine.
But there’s more to making a great bottle of wine than the climate… the soil in this region is also an important piece of the puzzle.
The grapes associated with cabernet sauvignon are generally smaller grapes with thicker skin, this is part of what lends to the drier taste in the wine. These types of grapes require a soil that is more gravely in nature.
The soil located in the Paso Robles region is perfect for growing these types of grapes. It’s known for its calcareous and limestone soils mixed with disintegrated bedrock and gravel that make this area so special.
This perfect combination of climate and soil is the building block for growing the grapes suited for producing the best cabernet sauvignon possible.
Producing the Best Cabernet Sauvignon Wine
The soil found in the Paso Robles region helps create the flavor profile that you find in every bottle of our cabernet sauvignon. The soil helps add fruit flavors, along with pepper and spice to the overall taste of the wine.
In addition to flavor, managing the tannins within the wine is crucial to helping create an intense richness on the palette with every sip. You want to ensure that the tannins are balanced properly so that you don’t create an experience that is too dry for the consumer. This is part of the reason why some people get turned off to certain cabernet sauvignon wines, and exactly why Austin Hope has made it his life’s work to study and properly understand how tannins affect the wine experience.
Once the grapes are harvest and processed, the aging process begins.
To produce the best cabernet sauvignon, the wine is moved to new French oak barrels, which are sourced from all around the world. Hope Family Wines then uses a process that was developed in-house that dries the oak staves for much longer before the barrels are put together and toasted.
By utilizing this process, it adds a flavor element to the wine that you won’t find anywhere else.
Austin Hope Cabernet – Best Cabernet Sauvignon
As we said above, every winemaker strives to make the best wine they possibly can. They use the tools available to them and the knowledge and experience they’ve gained over years to evolve and experiment in making their wine stand out.
At Hope Family Wines, Austin Hope has been perfecting his cabernet sauvignon wine for years and can truly say that he has one of the best cabernet sauvignon wines in the world.
The 2018 Austin Hope Cabernet Sauvignon was ranked #7 in Top 100 Enthusiast Wines in the world according to Wine Enthusiast magazine, so we know a little something about being one of the best. Austin continues to perfect his craft and loves what he does, and we can’t wait to share with you what he comes up with next.