Everyone loves red grape varieties, but what are the best ones?
Long live the king of grapes, Cabernet Sauvignon.
Everybody loves it, everybody wants it, everybody’s ready to shell out tons of cash for it, right? Well, not quite, but close enough to get a foothold in the truth. is.
Granted, not everyone loves Pinot Noir. Witness the hordes of people ad nauseum claiming that Pinot Noir is the best grape of all time, or the tons of Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon gulped down every day to prove that Cabernet is wine. Not necessarily the people’s defender.
But when it comes to this grape, there’s nothing quite like it (aside from Pinot Noir). genuine Standards of the wine world: prestige, recognition, price and critic scores. Overall, wines made from Cabernet consistently outperform Zinfandel and Syrah. That’s not because the wine is inherently better, but because it’s made from Cabernet. They automatically get a head start based on the grape’s prestige among critics and the power of other wines.
Of course, this is not Cabernet’s fault. The petty attitudes of fine wine gatekeepers don’t influence the purchasing choices of most ordinary consumers, but they certainly influence Cabernet scores as well as search volume and perceived value. This is the hallmark of our world’s best wine range. They intersect neatly.
Interestingly, Cabernet is Wine-Searcher’s most popular single grape variety, appearing in 42 of the 100 most searched wines when combined with Cabernet-rich Bordeaux blends. Pinot remains popular across searches, with scores and prices increasing, but it lags behind Cabernet in terms of volume across the fine wine sector.
Much of this is due to the lower yields of Pinot compared to Cabernet, and the fact that there are so many Cabernet or Cabernet-based wines on the market. Pinot is still grown in some regions of France, but in most other regions Cabernet is planted more, produced more frequently, and is becoming more widely available, especially in the world’s top wine market, the United States. It has become.
This makes it an excellent addition to the list of top cabernets. Of all the places where Cabernet has found a home outside of its native France, nowhere has it been more welcoming than in the United States, especially California. That’s reflected in the fact that our list of Top His Cabernets is also like our list of Top Napa His wines, minus the Bordeaux His blends. Five of this year’s top cabernets would have been on Wine-Searcher’s list of the best Napa wines.
First, a word about the score. Our list is based on average critic scores, updated monthly, and weighted according to number of reviews and number of critics. For example, a wine with a score of 94 based on 100 reviews by a large number of reviewers may appear higher on the list than a wine with a score of 95 based on 10 reviews by a small number of reviewers.
Wine-Searcher’s World’s Best Cabernet Sauvignon:
Well, there have certainly been changes since last year. In fact, only six companies survived from the 2022 list, with new entrants being Realm, Dana Estates, Spottswoode, and, perhaps surprisingly, Scarecrow. That’s not to say the various Abreus, Hundred Acres, and Schraders that were on the list last year have gotten worse, just that more critics are giving the newcomers more points.
And the points are also interesting. In 2021, this list included five players with 97 points, three players with 96 points, and two players with 95 points. By last year, the scores had gradually increased, with 98 points being his one point, 97 points being his five points, and 96 points being his four points. This year, the score has been shuffled slightly downwards due to the addition of more critics and reviews. Perhaps, at least for Napa, the days of severe inflation are nearing an end.
Perhaps the era of price inflation is coming to an end, at least for luxury goods in Napa. Buying each of the top 10 bottles in 2021 (at current global average retail prices) would cost you $10,110. Last year’s price for the same set was $10,690, an increase of 5.7%. This year, the top 10 total was $10,277, down 3.8%. This is not a huge drop, but given the prevailing inflation rate over the past 12 months, it is probably a significant drop.
Much of that decline is due to a roughly 12 percent drop in the global average retail price of Screaming Eagle, but other wines have remained surprisingly stable (even though they are among the most reasonably priced of all wines). Regardless, kudos to Spotswood for making this list (it was $4 more expensive than this time last year).
But it’s not the price that matters in this series, but the prestige and power that Cabernet is lavished with. It will be interesting to see which wines make it into the overall top 10 in the coming days, but no matter who comes out on top, Cabernet will always be king as far as the fine wine industry is concerned.
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