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Cabernet Sauvignon is a brash, vigorous vine that grows easily in a variety of different soils all over the world. The Cabernet grape survives cold winters and buds late. However the Cabernet grape does need dry, well-drained soils and lots of sunshine to ripen properly. This explains why the shale rich earth of San Miguel and Paso Robles are its perfect environment.
The key to producing good quality Cabernet is to control its growth. It grows extremely easily, producing lots of leaves and shoots, and therefore needs to be pruned quite severely and hedged during the summer months. Cabernet produces small, round berries that are thick skinned and blue tinged. This can be crucial at the end of the growing season when rain can risk piercing and rotting the grapes and diluting the juice. Its thick skin also means the variety is not attacked by insects. In the past, the disadvantage of the Cabernet Sauvignon was its relatively low yields. Yet today, in our search for quality, this characteristic has become more of a virtue.