2011 Cabernet Shootout Results
Scores: Men Judges Bang for your Buck


2011 Cabernet Shootout Results
Scores: Women Judges
Scores: Women Judges Bang for Your Buck
Scores: Men Judges
Scores: Men Judges Bang for Your Buck

heartheartheartheart = Love at First Sip = Gold Medal

Bogle 2007 Reserve Old River Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Clarksburg, $20.00

900 cases produced
(91)
Male: Smoky black mushroom and black currant aromas waft from the glass. The mouth feel is just right showing plum, cassis, and truffle with toasty oak accents. Integrated tannins. Nice finish.
Hahn Winery 2009 Meritage
Central Coast, $18.00

16907 cases produced
(91)
Male: Cherry with a touch of vanilla on the nose. The palate is super elegant, smooth with soft tannins, fine balance, crisp acidity, and a long finish.
Perrucci Family 2008 Mescolanza Cabernet Blend
Santa Cruz Mountains, $18.00

300 cases produced
(91)
Male: The cherry, raspberry nose shows bright fruity aromas with baking spice accents. The palate mirrors the nose with a port-like note mid. Soft tannins. Firm structure with a long, vibrant finish.
Bellarina Meritage 2008 Cabernet Blend
Knights Valley, $20.00

790 cases produced
(90)
Male: The nose is complex. There is an intriguing bit of navel orange leading to guava, blueberry, chocolate, and cola with sage, rosemary, and dried fennel seed accents. Coffee and plum flavors on the palate with a citrus component that is surprising. The acidity is appealing. A good food wine.

Grady Family Vineyards 2008 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Lodi, $14.99

160 cases produced
(90)
Male: Earthy nose. The palate is loaded with cherry and currants. The mouth feel is silky with voluptuous fruit and cedar accents. Easy tannins. Nice finish.
Kenwood Vineyards 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma County, $16.00

40000 cases produced
(90)
Male: Nice nose of cassis and tea. Rich opening showing cassis with earthy backnotes. Nicely balanced. Harmonious and lively. Good depth and grip. Nice finish.
Lake Crest Winery 2008 Oroville Cabernet Sauvignon
Washington, $16.00

80 cases produced
(90)
Male: Rich dark berry and minty aromatics open to a juicy palate with citrus notes on the edges. Cranberry flavors mid- to late with a pleasant food-friendly finish.
Michael Pozzan 2008 Napa Cuvee No.14 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $20.00

2595 cases produced
(90)
Male: The aromas are layered and interesting – cream de cassis, cedar, black cherry, red currant, bay, and dill. “It’s rather Bordeaux-like.” Currant fruit on the soft and lush palate. The wine shows stony with a hint of black olive and cedar on the mid-palate through the lingering finish. Nicely structured wine.

heartheartheart = An Affair to Remember = Silver Medal

Blind Dog Wines Blind Dog Cuvee Cabernet Blend
Paso Robles, $15.00

750 cases produced
(89)
Male: Light berry and cedar on the nose. Warm black cherry and cocoa with a hint of licorice on the tart palate. Nicely rounded on the finish.

Eberle 2009 Vineyard Selection Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $19.00

4302 cases produced
(89)
Male: Dark chocolate and coffee on the appealing nose. This wine is soft, round, supple, and balanced. Cedar and tobacco, licorice and blackberry flavors expand from front to back. Complex and delicious!
Pedroncelli 2009 Three Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
Dry Creek Valley, $17.00

7500 cases produced
(89)
Male: Subtle and well proportioned aromas of black fruit and spice lead to a much more dramatic palate than expected. Ripe plum and black cherry with mint/spice combination on the finish. Beautiful. Will age.
Valley of the Moon Winery 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma County, $18.00

5500 cases produced
(89)
Male: Inviting aromas of chocolate and toasty bread lead to earthy black fruit with foresty accents in the mouth. Nicely balanced.
Amaro Winery 2007 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
New Mexico, $18.00

1750 cases produced
(88)
Male: Forward cherry and berry nose with earthy notes and a floral blast late. Soft on the palate showing layers of cassis, earth, cedar, tea, and leather. A bit tart on the mid-palate. The finish is long, complex, and balanced with tart notes hanging in. “New Mexico? Wow!”
Avalon 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
California, $12.00

50000 cases produced
(88)
Male: Subtle aromatics of violets and oak. Dark fruit flavors on opening. Good balance of cassis, oak, and coffee on the velvety smooth finish.
Barefoot Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon
California, $6.99

30000 cases produced
(88)
Male: Rose petal and rhubarb aromas. Soft middle showing black fruit. Delicious.
Bogle 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
California, $11.00

220000 cases produced
(88)
Male: Bright and well defined, cherry and raspberry aromatics create a very inviting experience before tasting. Cassis and spice define the palate with the addition of some light red cherry notes. Easy to drink. Easy to enjoy
Michael Pozzan 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma County, $19.00

4000 cases produced
(88)
Male: Delicate in appearance. Aromatics of violets and blueberries. Good solid core of fruit. Good balance. Tight. Young.
ORSIANNA 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
Mendocino, $20.00

1500 cases produced
(88)
Male: Cedar and while cherry create a rustic aromatic. The palate broadens with ripe black fruit. Coffee notes and soft cherry on the finish.
Turning Leaf 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
California, $8.00

170000 cases produced
(88)
Male: Red fruits, plum, black cherries, herbs, and brambly aromas arise from the glass. The fruit forward palate confirms the red fruit. Judicious use of oak. Nicely balanced acid. “This wine is how much?”
Copa Del Rey 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Colchagua Valley, Chile, $12.00

5140 cases produced
(87)
Male: It looks like a classic Cabernet in the glass. The aromatics are dominated by anise with a touch of mintiness. There in a soft and delicate balance of oak and fruit. Young but will pair beautifully with steak.
Hahn Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Central Coast, $12.00

14448 cases produced
(87)
Male: Complex nose of oak, blackberry, earth, cinnamon, leather, and one of our panelists even found avocado, and olive oil here too. Dark stone fruit with oak accents on entry. Toasty black cherry, and jammy black plum explode mid-palate. The finish is not as exciting as what comes before it.
J Pilar 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
South Coast, $19.99

180 cases produced
(87)
Male: The light nose disguises the fruit forward aspects of the wine. Black cherry, plum, and rhubarb flavors. Nice, easy drinking mid-palate showing black stone fruit. Finishes with light tannins.
Annabella 2009 Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $16.00

20000 cases produced
(86)
Male: Standard Cabernet flavors of blackberry, oak, and leather. Simple.
Aresti 2008 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
Curico Valley, Chile, $15.00

1500 cases produced
(86)
Male: Cranberry and eucalyptus combined with earth for an Old World aromatic. Bright cherry and raspberry fruit combined with soft vanilla to create an attractive palate that finishes with soft tannins and well-proportioned acidity. Enjoy with grilled beef to finish the experience.
Avalon 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $18.00

10000 cases produced
(86)
Male: Restrained aromatics with hints of vanilla and spice coming through. Soft deft fruit and oak. Nice Cabernet.
Cycles Gladiator 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Lodi, $9.99

10515 cases produced
(86)
Male: Black currant, licorice, liquid smoke, and floral aromas. Smoky dried currant on the palate. Medium plus tannins.
Martin Ray Winery 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa-Mendocino-Sonoma Counties, $20.00

7500 cases produced
(86)
Male: Black plum and black cherry aromas. Repeat on the palate. Easy to sip. Rich and smooth on the finish.
Pedroncelli 2008 Morris Fay Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley, $19.00

1000 cases produced
(86)
Male: Coffee and toast complement the red fruit on the nose. Dried fruit and spice on the palate.
Pollak 2009 Cabernet Franc
Monticello, $20.00

314 cases produced
(86)
Male: Violet, and anise rise from the glass. Soft and delicate fruit over the mid-palate. The finish is simple.

Shenanigans Fine Irish Cab 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
Lodi, $11.99

600 cases produced
(86)
Male: Dark raspberry aromas with cocoa and black tea backnotes. Soft and easy drinking Cabernet with a light style and an interesting finish which shows dried flower notes.
Symbiotic Terra Bella Cabernet Blend
California, $20.00

47 cases produced
(86)
Male: Definitely different. Zinfandel shows through. Cherry and raspberry combine in an aromatic with notes of vanilla and graham cracker. Chocolate black pepper and both red and black fruit on the palate. Young tannins balanced by nice acidity. Interesting wine. Fun food wine. That would be great with BBQ. My score would’ve been higher, but does not quite fit the Cabernet blend category.

Thomas Henry 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma County, $20.00

1100 cases produced
(86)
Male: Dried berries and dried red Apple aromatics arise from the glass. Raspberries and red stone fruit on the palate with tannins that are drying now but should evolve nicely. There is plenty of fruit to carry aging.

heartheart = Will Provide Fond Memories = Honorable Mention

Grayson Cellars 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
California, $9.99

5000 cases produced
(85)
Male: Caramel on the nose. The caramel carries through onto the palate dominating the black raspberry and plum fruit. Oaky finish.
Dry Comal Creek Vineyards 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
California, $19.99

1910 cases produced
(84)
Male: Floral and barnyard nose. Juicy red fruit on entry. Nice acid tannin balance. Licorice enters late on the palate. Strong tannins on the finish.
Redwood Creek 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
California, $8.00

500000 cases produced
(84)
Male: Floral notes and vanilla introduce the red fruit flavors. Simple. Easy to drink.
Vintage Sun 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Mendoza, Argentina, $8.99

(84)
Male: Dark fruit throughout. Simple.
Warwick, First Lady 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Stellenbosch, South Africa, $16.99

10000 cases produced
(84)
Male: Cigar box and leather, with black currants and celery on the nose. Black tea, light cranberry, and earth on the palate. Coffee notes mid.
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