This is our Ghost Pines Cabernet Sauvignon review.
Are you after a bold, complex, and full-body Cabernet Sauvignon with black fruit and vanilla flavors?
And what if I tell you that it pairs well with a vast variety of dishes and it’s affordable too?
Well, this is the wine you have been looking for! We liked it a lot!
Find below our Ghost Pines Cabernet Sauvignon review along with our food pairings recommendations, serving tips, curiosity and where you can buy it.
Our Ghost Pines Cabernet Sauvignon Review
Ghost Pines Cabernet Sauvignon review: What's its color?
Ghost Pines Cabernet Sauvignon wine has a deep ruby color with slow-falling legs.
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Ghost Pines Cabernet Sauvignon review: What are the flavors?
Ghost Pines Cabernet Sauvignon is a red blend made primarily from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.
On the nose, black currant, blackberry, and dark cherry with a hint of pepper.
On the palate, it’s a round full-body wine with medium acidity and flavors of black fruit, ripe cassis, and a finish of vanilla, spice, and tobacco.
Is Ghost Pines Cabernet Sauvignon wine sweet?
No, it’s not sweet. Ghost Pines Cabernet Sauvignon wine is a dry wine.
Dry wine contains less than 15 g/L.
Learn more about wine sweetness level here.
Ghost Pines Cabernet Sauvignon review: Which food pairs well with it?
Ghost Pines Cabernet Sauvignon is a bold wine with intense flavors, as such, we recommend to pair with equally strong flavor dishes.
Classic appetizers are pasta with veal ragu, lasagna, grilled vegetables, onion, and mushroom to name some.
Meat wise you have a wide selection here from veal, beef, stew, lamb, pulled-pork burger, and poultry for example.
If you are a cheese lover our recommendations for you are hard and blue cheeses like Pecorino and Gorgonzola.
Ghost Pines Cabernet Sauvignon review: What's its alcohol content?
Ghost Pines Cabernet Sauvignon wine’s alcohol content is 13.9%.
In case you wonder about alcohol content or more precisely Alcohol By Volume, i.e. ABV, measure the alcoholic strength of a drink.
There is a direct relationship between the sugar left in the wine after the alcoholic fermentation has taken place, i.e. Residual Sugar or RS, and ABV.
During alcoholic fermentation, the yeast transforms the sugar in the grape juice into alcohol.
Grapes with high residual sugar will therefore produce dry wine with a high ABV.
How many calories are in a glass of Ghost Pines Cabernet Sauvignon wine?
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture  a 5-ounce glass will contain about 120 to 130 calories.
Alcohol contains 7 calories per gram. So a wine with high ABV will have a higher calories per glass than a wine with low ABV.
Furthermore, sugar contributes to the calorie count.
A dry wine will usually have 4 calories per grams vs a sweet wine that will have around 20 calories per grams of carbs, which include sugar.
What is the Ghost Pines brand?
Here is an extract from the Ghost Pines website itself:
“Ghost Pines knows no boundaries.
Without the restriction of traditional winegrowing boundaries, we source grapes for Ghost Pines wines solely for quality and flavor from wherever we find the best fruit.
Though sourcing changes from year to year, this philosophy delivers wines of consistent quality with a distinct combination of richness, smoothness and balance that could never be mistaken for ordinary.
Ghost Pines embodies the progressive spirit of California winemaking and inspires a sense of individuality. “
This is a round and bold Cabernet Sauvignon that for around ~$20 offers a good value for your money.
Black fruit, ripe cassis, and a finish of vanilla, spice, and tobacco will complement many dishes from veggie, pasta, a large variety of red meats, and our beloved cheeses.
Try it with agnolotti mushroom, roasted vegetables, pull-porked burger, or Pecorino cheese and it’ll be a delight. At least it was for me!
If you have never tried it, I’m not entirely sure what are you still waiting for?
Once you had it, we’d love to know your opinion, so reach out and let’s know what you think! Enjoy!