Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Making Kit For 5 Gallons

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Making your own wine is satisfying and easy.  As long as you ferment great juice, keep everything sanitary, and give it enough time to age (3 months or more for whites, 6 months or more for reds), you will get great wine.

Here at William’s, we have developed our William’s California Wine Kits with this philosophy in mind. Our Kits include 192 ounces of pure California varietal grape concentrate, condensed at temperatures that never exceed 180 degrees F. from Central Valley wine grapes picked at their ripe peak in the late Summer and early Fall. To complement the varietal juice, specially selected dry wine yeast, oak chips, and nutrient are also included as needed. Unlike many wine kits featuring added sugar, this 192 ounces of pure concentrate is all that is needed (except for the yeast and addtives) to produce 5 gallons (24 bottles) of varietal wine.

Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the most popular California varieties, and is ideal for the true red wine lover than can age their wine for 3 years or more. This grape produces a full and rich red wine, with more boldness and dry tannin flavors than Merlot. You can easily age this one for 4 years and have it continually improve.

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Average rating 7.91666666666667 out of 10 ( based on 12 reviews )

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Review by kgadzia on 9/16/2005

Pros: Simple to make. Flavor acceptable, but aging of most bottles still continues.

Cons: The instructions and details for these wine making kits are minimal. I have tried most of the wine making kits availalbe and found their instructions and on-line help much more informative than the 4 line quip on the side of the extract box. Help us make better wine by testing these products and getting the instructions more detailed and with options for improving the outcomes at various stages. Thanks for the chance to review. Cheers.

William's Cabernet

Review by BRUCE C. on 9/30/2005

Pros: Easier than brewing beer, this has been my first adventure in wine making. As a beginner, I appreciated the fact that I didn't have to worry about acid balance, ph, or sulfite. Instructions are limited, but as with most who brew or make wine, I keep adequate reference materials on hand to supplement instructions that come with the kit. Although I did purchase fermenters dedicated to making only wine, I needed to buy very little additional equipment before I was ready to bottle. Most references report that the wine will taste dramatically different after a year or more in the bottle. I suspect that is true of the wine I made, but it actually tastes pretty good right now. Starting gravity 1.110 Final Gravity .998 ABV at bottling 15.2% These kits seem to be very consistent. I've made Cabernet from three in the past few months, and the characteristics of the wine produced are very much the same.

Cons: At bottling the wine is slightly sweeter than is typical for a Cabernet, but not so much so as to make it objectionable.

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Review by MJL on 3/7/2008

Pros: Easy to make, smells incredibly awesome while fermenting. Even simpler than making beer, since no brewing is required. When I serve it to guests, they generally like it.

Cons: Time is a major factor. I made a cab in 2004 (3.5 years ago) that still needs some aging to mellow out. The wine starts out overly fruity with a wicked bite. The bite has left now, but it's still only average - comparable to a roughly $5 bottle in the store. I'm hoping another year or so in the cellar will give it some complexity.


Review by Tim B. on 7/11/2008

Pros: This wine is very easy to make. The taste is more like a mild bodied port than a Cabernet at the moment... probably needs time to mature. Overall, I am happy with the results.

California Cabernet Sauvignon Kit

Review by RCH on 2/8/2010

Pros: I consider myself to be still in the process of making this wine. I have it in a carboy and I have "barrel tasted" it and so far it is the best from concentrate wine I have ever made.

Cons: I don't know for sure but, it may be better to instruct people to add the oak after the first racking instead of during primary fermintation.

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Jan 23, 2021 by Rob Frazier

Q: Does this come with 5 galfermentors?

A: This does not come with any equipment, only ingredients.

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