2011 Cabernet Shootout Results – Scores: Men Judges

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

CYRUS 2007 Estate Cabernet Blend
Alexander Valley, $60.00
2900 cases produced
(94)
Male: The enticing cherry, berry nose replicates on the palate with vibrancy. There is a brambly character here. The flavors of red and black currants and the minerally notes bespeak hillside or mountain fruit. Maintains the same level of intensity from the aromatic nose to the long finish. Elegant and very sophisticated. “Very much my style.” Age worthy too.
En Garde 2007 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Diamond Mountain District – Napa Valley, $88.00
80 cases produced
(94)
Male: Rhubarb pie with boysenberry and cassis and coffee and cola and cedar and vanilla… Is there really room in the glass for all these aromas? The wine is wonderfully dense. The fruit shines through on the palate with a mouthful of plum and cherry. Cocoa and a mélange of herbs show through on the big complex finish.
Kenefick Ranch 2007 Estate Kenefick Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon
Calistoga AVA, $60.00
605 cases produced
(93)
Male: Very aromatic. Pretty perfumed berry and currant fruit with mint, cocoa, and licorice. Artfully made! Beautifully integrated oak. Everything fits together perfectly. Polished tannins. Tremendous Bordeaux-like finish. “I want to know who the winemaker is!”
L’Amante 2008 Ink Grade Cabernet Sauvignon
Howell Mountain/Napa Valley, $59.95
300 cases produced
(93)
Male: Good nose with jammy blackberry, plenty of French oak, olive, sage, and bay laurel. “Love the flavors!” Lush BlackBerry, vanilla, Brown, baking spices, and vibrant acidity. Concentrated but graceful. Sturdy and well extracted with nice minerally backbone. Killer black currant, vanilla, and stone. Loooong finish. One to cellar.
Prestwood Cellars 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa, $79.00
200 cases produced
(93)
Male: Complex and elegant aromatics covering a broad fruit range with spice and earth notes. The palate is beautifully proportioned with complex black fruit, lovely tannins, and precise finishing acids. Drinks like a young Bordeaux.
AuburnJames 2008 Block 4 Bella Vista Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $75.00
150 cases produced
(92)
Male: Toast, brown sugar, raspberry, red currant, wet autumn leaves…layered with hints cedar in the glass. Black cherry and vanilla on the palate. Everything is proportional in the right place. Balanced and complex.
Christopher Creek 2007 Finlay’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Dry Creek, $32.00
330 cases produced
(92)
Male: Dark in color, almost India ink in the glass with a garnet-ruby hue. The nose is very nice-intense! Really lovely aromatics! Seems to be a wine of consequence and breeding. The mouth feel is silky but weighty. Profound. Some unresolved tannins give backbone and promise. The complexity and length offer potential.
Dusinberre 2004 Boodeaux Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $27.00
100 cases produced
(92)
Male: Aromas of vanilla, tobacco, cedar, nutmeg, clove, pomegranate, and red currant make you want to dive into the glass. When you do, you are rewarded with a lovely mouthfeel showing good acidity. Pure clean fruit shows through with raspberry, blackberry, blood orange, black cherry, and plum deftly integrated with the oak. The fruit and tannins are balanced nicely on the finish.
Eberle 2007 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $34.00
3524 cases produced
(92)
Male: In the glass. The wine is a dense garnet color. The vanilla and dark fruit nose delivers substantial fruit on the palate. Heavy tannins show through. Very structured. Should age well.
Field Stone Winery 2007 Staten Family Reserve, Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley, $40.00
495 cases produced
(92)
Male: Deep color in the glass. The nose is incredibly complex showing tobacco, caramel, lemon thyme, and marshmallow with undertones of dark cherry. The tannins are prominent at first but then the fruit jumps out of the glass and lingers. The juicy and tasty palate shows blood orange, strawberry, black cherry, and subtle spice. This big, dense wine has a lovely finish.
Lucas & Lewellen 2008 COTE DEL SOL Cabernet Sauvignon
Santa Barbara County, $32.00
359 cases produced
(92)
Male: Concentrated blackberry and cherry aromas with a like amount of spice, showing vanilla and allspice. Complex mid-palate…blackberry, cocoa, and chocolate. The wine appears soft though the tannins are substantial. Fine balance with a long finish that evolves beautifully. A keeper!
Penman Springs Vineyard 2007 Penman Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $26.00
294 cases produced
(92)
Male: Dense garnet color with strong cola and dark fruit aromas in the glass. Smooth tannins and nice acidity. Lots of plum and black cherry on the palate with a long wonderful finish.
Scherrer Winery 2004 Scherrer Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley, $55.00
200 cases produced
(92)
Male: Olive, red currant, dried flowers, sweet berry flavors, and a touch of dustiness on the nose. Deliciously sweet and sweet/tart fruit. The oak is nicely integrated showing anise, vanilla, and herbs. The finish is precise. Soft tannins and crisp acidity.
Spoto Wines 2008 Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Oakville, $95.00
100 cases produced
(92)
Male: Very intriguing mix of us exotic spice and fruit. The palate shows lots of oak at first but black plum and cassis flavors emerge with sandalwood, eucalyptus and Asian spice as interesting accents. Great structure and balance. This wine will age gracefully.
Stella Monsi 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
Howell Mountain, $90.00
25 cases produced
(92)
Male: Dramatic black fruit and spice vanilla in the nose. Beautifully proportioned palate of fruit and tannins with a silky finish that invites you back for another taste.
Ty Caton Vineyards 2009 Estate – Caton Cabernet Collection Caton Vineyard – Knoll Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma Valley, $49.00
45 cases produced
(92)
Male: Very deep garnet color. The nose is dominated by oak, showing licorice, anise, and herb notes. Beautiful fruit on the palate with predominantly dark cherry fruit joined by currant, cassis and herbs. Add to the complexity. Nicely integrated tannins and long finish.
VJB Vineyards & Cellars 2008 Reserve Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma Valley, $46.00
150 cases produced
(92)
Male: Pretty in the glass with the color showing some age at the rim. Excellent structure showing leather, licorice, blackberry pie, dried herbs, and cassis. Earthy mushroom and cranberry join mid-palate in this complex wine.
B.R. Cohn 2007 Special Selection Olive Hill Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma Valley, $100.00
400 cases produced
(91)
Male: Deep crimson in color. The nose has cherries, plum, leather, and spicy menthol. Good opening carrying the aromas onto the palate. Nice balance. Well integrated. Smooth and creamy middle. Succulent finish. Good depth and grip. “Nicely done!”
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.
Calistoga Cellars 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
St Helena, $30.00
2500 cases produced
(91)
Male: Sweet vanilla and cola presence on the nose with a subtle fruit under tone. Wow! An explosion of red currants, pomegranate, and olallie berry with big acidity! Good dose of new oak but fruit and acidity can carry. Lots of plum and tobacco on the palate. Good finish.
Chateau Felice 2008 Barrel Fermented Estate Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Chalk Hill, $59.00
75 cases produced
(91)
Male: A complex cherry and raspberry fruit component defines the aromatics. The palate is no surprise as the complex fruit continues. Coffee and dusty cocoa on the finish make the aggressive tannins easier to appreciate. Should age beautifully.
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.
Hidden Ridge 2006 Lot #1 Hidden Ridge Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma County, $55.00
252 cases produced
(91)
Male: Mushrooms, cranberry, and anise aromas lead to a rich, harmonious palate. Great balance, depth, and grip. Persistent fruit through the finish.
La Craie American Celebration 2007 Estate Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Chalk Hill, $49.00
75 cases produced
(91)
Male: Chocolate, vanilla, dried herb, minced, plum, and cassis aromas. Seems very ripe and the oak element is obvious. Clean, precise flavors…blackberry, anise, and dried herbs. Plump but well-balanced. Dusty tannins.
Martin Ray Winery 2007 Synthesis Reserve Cabernet Blend
Napa Valley, $75.00
250 cases produced
(91)
Male: Wow! Nice herb, black currant, earth, cherry, and tobacco on the nose. Nice depth of flavors with earthy, dried basil, and oregano accenting the thick currant fruit. Red currant and a hint of cocoa and oak join the palate creating a balanced and refined finish.
McGrail 2008 Reserve McGrail Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
Livermore Valley, $36.00
1412 cases produced
(91)
Male: Black plum, vanilla, dried herbs, cola, and a clean minerality define the nose. Nicely balanced on the palate with delicious red and black plum, cherry, black currant, and blackberry flavors that are well-integrated with the tannins. The long dark fruit finish is laced with earthiness. Nice length, structure, and acidity.
Miner Family Winery 2007 The Oracle Cabernet Blend
Napa Valley, $90.00
2169 cases produced
(91)
Male: The lively nose is very fruit forward with currant and black cherry aromas promising a lot of fruit and…it delivers. Dark berries, chewy tannins, and a long finish. Nice wine!
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.
Reynolds 2007 Persistence Cabernet Blend
Napa Valley, $50.00
1642 cases produced
(91)
Male: Garnet in color. Vanilla, currant, allspice, and tobacco, with some nice meaty aromas lead to the fruit forward palate with plum and black cherries, taking the lead. A good solid wine with all of the components in balance. Nice finish showing the well-integrated tannins.
Scherrer Winery 2003 Scherrer Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley, $60.00
300 cases produced
(91)
Male: The subtleties and sophistication of Bordeaux with the magic of California.
Serene Cellars 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $54.00
800 cases produced
(91)
Male: Deep color with a chocolaty nose. Dense, sweet blackberry fruit. Blackberry, cassis, vanilla, and caramel flavors with very firm acidity and tannins. Great long finish.
Stella Monsi 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $50.00
50 cases produced
(91)
Male: Black cherry, black raspberry, tea leaves, and vanilla bean aromas jump from the glass and replicate on the palate. Rich and viscous in the mouth. Lush licorice with hints of menthol and cocoa join in on the fantastic finish. “Will age beautifully!”
VGS 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $75.00
425 cases produced
(91)
Male: Aromas black currant, caramel, cassis, and mint. The aromas are replicated on the palate with the addition of tea leaves and herbs over the mid-palate. Nice velvety mouthfeel. Lush and dynamic with a touch of heat on the long 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.
Blue Rock 2009 Baby Blue ~ Blue Rock Vineyard Cabernet Blend
Alexander Valley, $25.00
1580 cases produced
(90)
Male: Clear garnet in color. Earthy nose with cedar and plum notes. Good acidity. The tannins are not off-putting on this youthful wine. Plum and tobacco flavors continue onto the palate and stay through the fairly long finish.
Boete 2006 Cheval Rouge Saunders Vineyard Cabernet Blend
Carmel Valley, $30.00
280 cases produced
(90)
Male: Black currant, chocolate, coffee� great nose! The palate is lush and fruit forward showing black and red fruit with white pepper on the finish. Well-balanced and all around delightful.
Bonneau 2007 Hyde Cabernet Sauvignon
Los Carneros, $60.00
200 cases produced
(90)
Male: The lovely floral berry nose opens to wine of good depth and grip. Lush in the middle with blackberry, plum, and rhubarb fruit that is strongly accented by oak elements. Full-bodied with a nice persistent finish.
Briar Rose 2005 Private Reserve Collection Cabernet Franc
Temecula Valley, $120.00
225 cases produced
(90)
Male: Spiced ripe blueberry with roasted coffee aromatics lead to a lush and rich fruit profile surrounded by big tannins that coat your teeth. The acids kick-in and the finish is long and lush.
Buttonwood Trevin 2007 Estate Grown Cabernet Blend
Santa Ynez Valley, $36.00
273 cases produced
(90)
Male: The nose is faint but the palate is big and robust through the finish. Cassis, leather, coffee, blackberry, cedar…I could go on and on.
Canine Wines 2007 Meritage
Napa Valley, $54.00
50 cases produced
(90)
Male: Cigar box, chocolate, cedar, deep red and black currant fruit. Lush texture – velvety cherry and currant flavor. Great length. Excellent balance. Lovely wine!
Canine Wines 2007 Ink Grade Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $44.00
25 cases produced
(90)
Male: The color is dark and brooding. Coffee bean and cedar aromas lead to a solid but soft core of fruit with vanilla notes from front to back. Well defined and angular on the finish.
Castello di Amorosa 2008 Il Barone Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $88.00
946 cases produced
(90)
Male: Bright cherry and raspberry on the nose. Nice balance of fruit and oak on the palate. Classic Cab style. Tobacco, cola, and black tea notes round out the mellow finish.
Cloak & Dagger 2008 The Assassin Ink Grade Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Howell Mountain, Napa, $66.00
75 cases produced
(90)
Male: The nose is muted at first but then opens to many layers. Juicy, nicely rounded, and balanced in the mouth. Classic Cabernet. Nice finish.
Firefly Night 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, CA, $35.00
100 cases produced
(90)
Male: Everything is absolutely correct on this wine – cherry, blueberry, tobacco, black currant, and cassis aromas. Perfectly integrated oak – seamless with vanilla and nutmeg accents. Vibrant acidity. Firm structure. Long finish. “Not incredibly complex but perhaps the best balanced wine. I tasted today. Drink now through 2015.”
For Giving 2008 Godspeed Cabernet Sauvignon
Mt. Veeder, $90.00
25 cases produced
(90)
Male: Concentrated blackberry, dark chocolate, leather, and cherry tobacco too. Juicy cassis and cherry flavors with vanilla and toasted hazelnut on the finish. Big, young tannins. “Angular and interesting now, I would expect it to improve over the next 7 to 10 years.”
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.
Indigene Cellars 2007 Philanthropist Cabernet Blend
Central Coast, $21.00
350 cases produced
(90)
Male: Restrained aromatics that invite you to explore further. Light raspberry and cherry framed by brown spice with a hint of mint on the palate which is well-proportioned between fruit and spice. Soft tannins with citrus notes on the finish. A lovely wine.
J. Rickards Winery 2008 Five Sisters Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, $34.00
250 cases produced
(90)
Male: Classic rich Cabernet nose. Black raspberry, earth, oak, cocoa, and coffee blend together in the seamless wine. Balanced finish.
JuneRay Wines 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
Ashlow, $97.00
60 cases produced
(90)
Male: Blackberry, root beer, smoke, and licorice aromas and flavors that are consistent through mid-palate. Great acidity with sour cherry, raspberry, and caraway kick in to complete the wine. This wine carries its weight very well. Great structure. The finish is a bit lighter than it starts, but this is a very impressive effort. Should age nicely.
Kenefick Ranch 2007 Estate Kenefick Ranch Cabernet Franc
Calistoga AVA, $52.00
747 cases produced
(90)
Male: Put your nose in the glass and there is an immediate hit of red fruit…pomegranate, cranberry, boysenberry, blueberry, with a touch of cedar. Blueberry and black fruit flavors with a bit of citrus and great spice, length, and acidity.
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.
Lucas & Lewellen 2008 Valley View Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Santa Barbara County, $27.00
671 cases produced
(90)
Male: The warm and seductive nose of graham cracker, plum, rhubarb, and raspberry lead to a lovely mouth feel with breadth and depth. This is a well focused wine. Nice acid on the length. The tannins are nicely resolved.
Malk Family Vineyards 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
Stags Leap District of Napa Valley, $72.00
500 cases produced
(90)
Male: The nose is complex with coffee, raspberry, cassis, and dried herb with a subtle spice back note. The palate is full… dark cassis and plum, almost purple fruit flavors. Modern style with smooth oak that is well-integrated with the fruit.
Marianna 2009 Cabernet Blend
Napa Valley, $40.00
1000 cases produced
(90)
Male: The enticing nose shows root beer float, black currant, cassis, cedar, and leather. In the mouth, blackberry dominates. Nice bright acidity balances the mouth coating tannins. Nice finish.
Meadowcroft Wines 2007 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Mt Veeder, Napa Valley, $60.00
185 cases produced
(90)
Male: The nose is complex…hay, dry forest herbs, wood, butter, corn, red plum, and mulberry. Nice entry of green olive opening to black cherry fruit accented by dried herbs. The silky oak mid-palate leads to a smooth 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.
Miro 2009 Silverwood Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander valley, $30.00
380 cases produced
(90)
Male: Great stucture and balance. Soft attack that mirrors the nose of red, black, and blueberries with earthy and lovely spice notes. Great integration of oak. Smooth and pleasing. Lay this puppy down, it will get better and better with time.
Napa Station 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $21.00
2525 cases produced
(90)
Male: Caramel corn and dark fruit aromas open to chocolate and tobacco accents in the glass. This wine has a strong tannic structure but the fruit emerges well. Red cherry and plum with dried herb notes on entry. Smooth woody mid-palate moves into a complex tannic finish with good fruit showing through.
Perrucci Family Vineyard 2006 Special Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Santa Cruz Mountains, $75.00
100 cases produced
(90)
Male: Aromatics of cedar and plum melded together. Complex palate showing sassafras, brown sugar, cinnamon, black currant, and chocolate.
Perrucci Family Vineyard 2006 Special Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Santa Cruz Mountains, $75.00
100 cases produced
(90)
Male: Great nose! Toasty oak opens to baked blackberry pie with hints of coffee and citrus notes. The palate is just as exciting with exotic Asian spice, black plum, and blackberry liqueur flavors on opening. It’s jammy with vanilla elements almost like a caramel latte. There’s lots of fruit, but enough acidity to last.
Prix 2006 MJT Block Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $60.00
200 cases produced
(90)
Male: Bright cherry on the nose, dried cherry on the palate. The soft tannins throughout are appealing and embrace the vibrant flavors. Subtle well-integrated oak is a real plus on this wine.
Roberts + Rogers 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon
Howell Mountain, $75.00
600 cases produced
(90)
Male: Bright cherry, tart, leather, and baking spices on the nose. The aromas are delivered onto the palate. Very nice spicy fruit. Great acid and balance finish is with making spice and tobacco notes. Firm tannins.
Roy J Maier 2007 Saint Helena Road Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma County, $60.00
300 cases produced
(90)
Male: Blackberry and boysenberry jam aromas arise from the glass then berry pie and cinnamon spice… and I haven’t even taken a sip. Deep in color showing a touch of age at the rim. The palate is rich with blackberry compote and licorice accents. Cedar, mushroom, and dark earth expand on the finish. Very complex and stylish.
Serene Cellars 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa, $54.00
800 cases produced
(90)
Male: The nose tells the story of the complex wine to come with coffee, mocha, tart, herbs, rosemary, blackberries and dark cherry aromas. On the palate the dark fruit is active core and is deftly surrounded with oak. Good structure and mouth feel with the long finish.
Smith & Hook 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Central Coast, $30.00
4000 cases produced
(90)
Male: Mint, menthol, plum, bay leaf, and allspice waft from the glass. There is a flinty minerality that draws you in. The spices carry through onto the palate leading to juicy pomegranate and raspberry flavors that overtake the chalky tannins. Lots of depth here. Very nice finish.
Troon Vineyard 2009 Limited Reserve Cabernet Franc
Applegate Valley AVA, $35.00
250 cases produced
(90)
Male: White pepper and mint frame cherry and rhubarb on the aromatic. Lovely balance and complexity on the palate with a combination of cherry, blueberry, and dusty tannins that work with bright acidity on the finish.
Ty Caton Vineyards 2009 Estate Caton Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma Valley, $44.00
583 cases produced
(90)
Male: Big ripe plum and coffee on the nose…very inviting. Dense black currant and anise combine on the palate. Ripe notes on the finish with plenty of tannin and acid to carry.
Ty Caton Vineyards 2009 Estate – Caton Cabernet Collection Caton Vineyard – Terraces Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma Valley, $49.00
45 cases produced
(90)
Male: Warm mocha and black raspberry aromas deliver a palate that is rich with fruit, deftly surrounded with oak. Nice!
Ty Caton Vineyards 2009 Estate – Caton Cabernet Collection Caton Vineyard – Arroyo Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma Valley, $49.00
45 cases produced
(90)
Male: Pleasant floral and berry nose. Seamless balance of blackberry, cedar, earth, and coffee. An elegant wine with a balanced finish.
Ty Caton Vineyards 2009 Estate – Caton Cabernet Collection Caton Vineyard – Big Hill Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma Valley, $49.00
45 cases produced
(90)
Male: Toast, vanilla, and spicy cherry aromatics. Soft, long middle and a complex finish. Nice!
Whalebone Winery 2007 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $45.00
400 cases produced
(90)
Male: The nose is complex with chocolate, vanilla, tobacco leaf, pomegranate, and Asian spices. The entry is juicy with red fruits and rhubarb pie flavors. Earthy, chalky and a flinty minerality join mid-palate finishing with lovely chocolate accents.

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Amapola Creek 2007 Amapola Creek Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma Valley, $60.00
1150 cases produced
(89)
Male: Garnet-brick in color. Good solid core of fruit with decorative accents. Mouthfeel is ample, cool, and rich. The structure is superb and focuses around graphite, cassis, and cedar. The acid and tannins are a bit harsh at present, but will soften with time; this appears to be a very youthful wine.
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.
Boete 2005 Estate Saunders Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Carmel Valley, $36.00
500 cases produced
(89)
Male: “The nose reminds me of and Neapolitan pizza with spicy meats baked in a brick oven.” The palate shows nice acid, soft tannins, with a subtle blackberry note. Well-made.
Callaway 2009 Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon
Temecula, $28
635 cases produced
(89)
Male: Very pleasant nose a floral notes. Nice rich entry layers showing of cassis, cedar, and menthol. Focused and palate with deep dark fruit and balancing acidity. Big tannins on nice finish. Steak please!
Cass 2008 Reserve Cass Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $90.00
225 cases produced
(89)
Male: Earthy spice, red currant, black cherry, cola, and spicy toasty oak aromas. Cherry pie mouth coating fruit. Soft though substantial tannins. Chewy fruity on the finish. Generous and well-balanced.
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!
Ecluse Wines 2009 Lock Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $36.00
196 cases produced
(89)
Male: Cedar, black cherry, rhubarb, and a hint of mint on the nose. Lush dense black fruit with soft tannins. Lovely palate with lively acid to carry the weight of the fruit.
Indigene Cellars 2007 Estate Carmel Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Monterey County, $29.00
500 cases produced
(89)
Male: Blood red in color. Forward aromas of red and black currants, smoke, black olive, eucalyptus, and thyme. The rich and ripe opening displays dark fruit. Juicy on the palate with lots of tangy red fruit and a touch of sweetness mid-palate. Well integrated oak… very balanced wine. Nice acidity shows on the long finish.
La Craie Euphoria 2007 Estate Single Vineyard Cabernet Franc
Chalk Hill, $49.00
90 cases produced
(89)
Male: Elegant looking in the glass. Mint and mocha aromas. The core of bold and rich fruit is deftly surrounded and well integrated with the oak elements. Lovely, complex finish.
Martin Ray Winery 2009 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma Mountain, $50.00
1200 cases produced
(89)
Male: Cherry, black currant, mint, sweet spice, and wood aromas open to a complex melange of flavors with dark fruit, earth, and brown baking spices through the late palate. “What makes this wine really appealing is the balance and structure.”
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.
Pedroncelli 2009 Estate Vineyard Block 007 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dry Creek Valley, $25.00
1000 cases produced
(89)
Male: Plum like aromas and candied red apple with hints of cranberry lead to black currant and earthy notes on the palate. Well integrated wine. Somewhat dry but excellent finish.
Perrucci Family Vineyard 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon
California, $38.00
450 cases produced
(89)
Male: The nose is reminiscent of wild blackberries near a toasty campfire with citrus notes in the background. Lush palate of black fruit and spice from front to back. Soft tannins embrace the dark fruit and move toward a savory finish.
Reynolds 2007 Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $45.00
1509 cases produced
(89)
Male: Rich nose blackberry, coffee, cedar, and leather. Continues through the palate and finish. Linear wine with firm tannins on the finish.
School House 2007 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley, $45.00
383 cases produced
(89)
Male: Stewed black fruit, cherries, plums, graphite, and cedar aromas arise from the glass. The palate reflects the nose in all its complexity. Well-balanced. Medium plus tannins on the long and lovely finish.
Sol Rouge 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
Lake County, $32.00
175 cases produced
(89)
Male: Delightful fruity nose…clean fruit with backnotes of vanilla and lilac. Black rose and black Krim tomato fruit accented by dill. Dusty minerality on the light finish.
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.
Whalebone Winery 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $35.00
548 cases produced
(89)
Male: Cocoa, tea, and chocolate open to a soft, supple palate showing bright red cherry and strawberry fruit.
Alexander Valley Vineyards 2009 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley, $21.99
60000 cases produced
(88)
Male: Lovely cherries on the nose at first, and then it blossoms with blackberry pie, sage, allspice, and white pepper. All carry forth onto the palate. Good acid and balance. A hint of tobacco on the finish that shows softly integrated tannins.
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
Bonneau 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma Valley, $42.00
350 cases produced
(88)
Male: Candied red apple, red cherry, and black currant aromas and flavors. Lively tannin. Youthful and vibrant. Easy drinking.
Briar Rose 2004 Cabernet Franc
Temecula Valley, $42.00
280 cases produced
(88)
Male: The wild black cherry and raspberry aromas are accented by cedar and black pepper notes. The mid-palate is complex with cherry, black cherry and cassis. Lingering spice on the long finish. Soft but adequate tannins.
Briar Rose 2007 Private Collection Cabernet Sauvignon
Temecula Valley, $105.00
160 cases produced
(88)
Male: Peppermint and gingerbread aromas arise from the glass. “Yes! Christmas cookies. Wow!”
Supple mouth feel. Cedar and oak are apparent but smooth with raspberry jam flavors.
Buttonwood Farm 2008 Estate Grown Cabernet Franc
Santa Ynez Valley, $22.00
345 cases produced
(88)
Male: Blueberry jam aromas lead to nice round blueberry fruit that is well integrated with the oak treatment. Soft deft finish.
De Novo 2008 aCURE Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley, $27.00
245 cases produced
(88)
Male: Lush red and dark red fruit on the nose with lots of earth notes to support. Lots of ripe red fruit in the mouth with cocoa and coffee notes on the finish.
Eberle 2007 Reserve Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $75.00
692 cases produced
(88)
Male: The nose is the big and brooding. “This could be a potential monster.” The wine has mellowed nicely in the glass as it has opened – it’s still a big wine but not a monster. Rich fruit flavors that are slightly tart. Well-balanced. “I like this wine!”
Ecluse Wines 2009 Ensemble Cabernet Blend
Paso Robles, $38.00
98 cases produced
(88)
Male: Garnet in color, looks dark and extracted and as it pours into the glass. Black currant, char, and tobacco aromas. Juicy blackberry and Cassis flavors are masked on the back palate with the tannins. Nice time.
En Garde 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
Diamond Mountain District – Napa Valley, $68.00
175 cases produced
(88)
Male: The vibrant aromatics open to an elegant, smooth palate of medium weight. Juicy dark fruit and not too much oak in the mouth tart and tangy tannins on the lingering finish. Will get better with time.
Field Stone Winery 2007 Wally’s Block, Estate Bottled Vineyard Select Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley, $30.00
500 cases produced
(88)
Male: The nose is a closed at first, then opens to berries with floral notes. The flavors are rustic and youthful with blackberry, oak, and black tea dominating. A bit dusty on the persistent finish.
Four A’s 2008 Stagecoach Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $69.00
150 cases produced
(88)
Male: Deep Crimson in the glass. Plum and anise on the nose. Very dark fruit with black pepper on the palate. Very young. It shows like a youthful Bordeaux. Lean in the middle a linear character and a sleek finish.
Gershon Bachus Erato 2008 Estate GBV De Portola Trail Vineyard Cabernet Franc
Temecula Valley, $45.00
163 cases produced
(88)
Male: Aromatics of stewed tomatoes with pomegranate and olives. Juicy middle nice black fruit. Interesting.
Hook & Ladder Winery 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
Russian River Valley, $25.00
1000 cases produced
(88)
Male: Blackberry and cranberry scones on the nose, inviting. Black plum, black currant, and rhubarb pie with cinnamon and allspice. Pink and white pepper show on the finish. Soft acids.
Keating 2008 Beckstoffer Georges III Cabernet Sauvignon
Rutherford, Napa Valley, $95.00
341 cases produced
(88)
Male: Brambly nose with the added depth of cedar, cigar box, smoke, and cola. Big fruit in the mouth accented with cocoa and oak notes. Nice texture!
Kenwood Vineyards 2008 Jack London Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma Valley, $30.00
11712 cases produced
(88)
Male: Clear dark Ruby in the glass. Black currant, dried currant, and cedar aromas . Repeat on the palate. Well balanced.
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.
Midsummer Cellars 2008 Tomasson Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
St. Helena, $40.00
74 cases produced
(88)
Male: Aromas of vanilla, baking spice, suite herbs and baked apple lead to a palate displaying blackberry, plum, and cassis with nice acidity on the very lengthy finish.
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.
Penman Springs Vineyard 2008 Meritage
Paso Robles, $24.00
290 cases produced
(88)
Male: The nose reminds me of Christmas showing cinnamon, clove, cedar, sandalwood, red currant, and pomegranate. The palate shows lots of fruit to support the oak. Nice balance.
Pollak 2009 Reserve Cabernet Franc
Monticello, Virginia, $30.00
124 cases produced
(88)
Male: Forest floor with touches of eucalyptus and cranberry aromas lead to a well proportioned palate of plum and cassis. Finishes with a nice combination of tannin and acid.
Shed Horn Cellars 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
Lake County, $29.00
267 cases produced
(88)
Male: Sweet oak, lavender, blackberry, and cinnamon candy on the nose. Lush fruit with a dose of vanilla on the palate. Soft tannins with a warm finish completes the package.
Sunset 2005 Sun Ray Newsom Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Texas High Plains, $22.95
360 cases produced
(88)
Male: They and blackberry on the nose. This is a lovely blend of blackberry, cassis, tea, and cigar box. Elegant and seamless. Balanced finish.
Timark Wines 2008 Neal3 Cabernet Sauvignon
St Helena, $55.00
25 cases produced
(88)
Male: Medium garnet as the wine pours. Nice wine! It’s got it all. Black fruit, smoke, and earth in the nose with some nice barrel toast elements. The palate is precise. Nice balance of fruit and tannin. The finish is longer than expected. Should continue to age nicely.
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?”
Ty Caton Vineyards 2009 Estate – Caton Cabernet Collection Caton Vineyard – Barracks Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma Valley, $49.00
45 cases produced
(88)
Male: Classic Cabernet. Black fruit with some forest notes in the glass. Rich and dark berry flavors with rhubarb accents. Solid and well integrated tannins.
Alexander Valley Vineyards 2009 Estate Cabernet Franc
Alexander Valley, $24.00
1379 cases produced
(87)
Male: Lovely soft finessed aromas. Black fruit and spice. All there on a tightly wound palate.
Antucura 2004 Cabernet Blend
Mendoza, Argentina, $49.99
1000 cases produced
(87)
Male: Dark cherry color in the glass. Fernlike aromatics showing anise, earth, and forest floor. There is a sweet tar-like quality to the dark fruit. Moves to a smooth and simple finish.
August Ridge 2007 Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $48.00
48 cases produced
(87)
Male: Bright red fruit, Santa Rosa plums, dark cherries, and mint in the glass and in the mouth. A big wine with structured tannins.
Aurielle 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
Howell Mountain, $90.00
350 cases produced
(87)
Male: Aromatics show black currant, herbs (dill), and other oak elements. Black cherry cola in the mail. Complex and well integrated.
Barboursville Vineyards 2007 Octagon Cabernet Blend
Virginia, $39.99
1650 cases produced
(87)
Male: Wow! Earth, mushrooms, eucalyptus, blackberry, and raspberry aromas. The earth and some mineral elements are prominent on the palate with a red fruit at the core.
Barboursville Vineyards 2009 Reserve Cabernet Franc
Virginia, $22.99
1730 cases produced
(87)
Male: Interesting. I’m expecting some green pepper here but I’m not picking it up. Ripe red berry aromas and flavors with caramel notes throughout.
BOXWOOD WINERY 2009 Topiary Estate Cabernet Blend
Virginia, $25.00
1000 cases produced
(87)
Male: Black currant, tobacco, stewed black cherry, and definitely some Bretty characteristics (horsey and a bit stinky). Very dark chocolate and briary black fruit flavors with touches of leather and dried meat. Nice chalky tannins. Balanced and interesting even though nose is a bit stinky. “I was excited to find this was a wine from Virginia.”
Buttonwood Farm 2007 Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon
Santa Ynez Valley, $24.00
300 cases produced
(87)
Male: Smells like Cabernet – beefy with black currant and forest floor notes. The palate reflects the aromatics. A well-made wine with integrated tannins
Cass 2008 Estate Cass Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $45.00
700 cases produced
(87)
Male: Deep and dark in the glass. Mint, plum, vanilla, and spice come through on the nose. Big rich and lush in the mouth with big tannins on the finish. Young and tight.
Chateau Felice 2008 Estate Single Vineyard Cabernet Franc
Chalk Hill, $29.00
110 cases produced
(87)
Male: Green notes with red fruit and light floral aromas. The profile is lean but varietally correct. This would be great with a margarita pizza.
Chateau Felice Black Label 2006 Estate Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Chalk Hill, $29.00
250 cases produced
(87)
Male: Plum, cinnamon, and vanilla aromas and flavors. Raspberry and a myriad of spices add to the interesting palate.
Consilience Wines 2007 Camp 4 Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
Santa Barbara County, $38.00
289 cases produced
(87)
Male: Black fruit, brown baking and Asian spices. Green tea notes too. Lighter red fruit on the palate. Tannins are prominent.
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.
Dry Comal Creek Vineyards 2008 Unoaked Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
California, $24.99
630 cases produced
(87)
Male: Subtle and well integrated aromatics of spice and fruit. Cherry pie/cobbler flavors. Oak tannins on the finish.
Ehret Family Winery 2007 Bella’s Blend Cabernet Blend
Knights Valley, $40.00
528 cases produced
(87)
Male: Black fruit, brown spice with a hint of dill. Medium fruit with nice tannins and a lingering finish.
Fernwood Cellars 2008 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Santa Cruz Mountains, $40.00
425 cases produced
(87)
Male: Baking spices, brown sugar, black cherries, and earth aromatics are repeated on the palate showing nice continuity.
Great Dane 2008 Coombsville Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa, $110.00
25 cases produced
(87)
Male: Charcoal, blackberries, pencil shavings, and forest floor aromatics. The palate shows lots of black fruit and good acidity.
Guglielmo Private Reserve 2007 Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Santa Clara Valley, $25.00
700 cases produced
(87)
Male: There is a beautiful amber tone to the wine in the glass. Aromatics of sweet cherry with a touch of vanilla leading to a lush fruit palate that reflects the aromas. Big oak but it is well integrated.
Hagafen 2008 Estate Grown and Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $45.00
400 cases produced
(87)
Male: Rich nose of blackberry, leather, and oak. Great fresh berry fruit on entry turning tart on the finish. The oak tannins dominate the finish.
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.
Helena View Chateau Classic 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $29.95
100 cases produced
(87)
Male: Cherry, currant, some black pepper, and hints of mint arise from the glass. Pleasant fruit flavors. Nicely structured. Ready to drink now.
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.
Kenefick Ranch 2006 Pickett Road Red Kenefick Ranch Cabernet Blend
Calistoga AVA, $55.00
496 cases produced
(87)
Male: Crimson in color. BlackBerry and Cassis aromas. Be bold opening with a robust middle. Intense layers. Light touch of mocha on the finish.
Lucas & Lewellen 2007 Clone 6 Cabernet Sauvignon
Santa Barbara County, $48.00
216 cases produced
(87)
Male: The nose carries through onto the palate with complex flavors of black cherry, cedar, plum, graphite, and leather. Consistent and smooth finish.
Masquerade 2005 Les Collines Cabernet Sauvignon
Walla Walla Valley, $24.99
335 cases produced
(87)
Male: Coffee with molasses frame black fruit on the interesting aromatic. Rich black fruit accented by mocha and coffee flavors. Well developed tannins and just enough acidity to finish the process. Decant to fully enjoy.
Midsummer Cellars 2008 Canon Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $40.00
148 cases produced
(87)
Male: Dark ruby in color. The nose shows black currant, red currant, and coffee and carry through onto the palate. The tannins are chalky on the long finish.
Napa Station 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $23.00
3100 cases produced
(87)
Male: Smoky meat aromatics open to black cherry flavors with cocoa notes joining mid-palate. Soft tannins on the finish.
Oak Mountain Winery 2009 Estate Morera Cabernet Sauvignon
South Coast, $60.00
150 cases produced
(87)
Male: The nose is they the palate shows a rich blend of blackberry, cedar, minced, and licorice. Firm tannins on the finish. Good food wine.
Pollak 2009 Reserve Smuggler Cabernet Sauvignon
Monticello, $30.00
274 cases produced
(87)
Male: Black licorice, a touch of anise, and rich black cherry aromas. Black cherry on the palate with coffee and chocolate notes on the finish.
pureCoz 2007 Red Wine Cabernet Blend
Napa Valley, $55.00
350 cases produced
(87)
Male: Steely, minerally aromatics. Fresh raspberry on entry turning darker and lusher mid-to late.
pureCru 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $38.00
450 cases produced
(87)
Male: Plum, cherry, raspberry, and licorice on the nose. Similar palate. “The finish is short. I like this wine. I wish it hung in there longer.”
Signorello Estate 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $50.00
2500 cases produced
(87)
Male: Dark inky in the glass and on the palate. Very full-bodied. Black and red fruit – blackberry and rhubarb. Big and bold. Not for the faint of heart.
Sunset 2004 Vintner’s Reserve Barrel Select Newsom Vineyard Cabernet Blend
Texas High Plains, $39.95
70 cases produced
(87)
Male: Aromatics of coffee and spice with ripe black fruit. Chewy middle of balanced fruit and tannins. Nice acid.
Talcott Ridge Wines 2008 Single Vineyard Ink Grade Cabernet Sauvignon
Howell Mountain, $48.00
25 cases produced
(87)
Male: Cranberry and black fruit with smoky undertones on the nose. Black cherry and mocha flavors are joined mid-palate by young tannins that should develop well in the bottle going forward.
Trinitas Cellars 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
Oakville, $50.00
2340 cases produced
(87)
Male: Understated aromas of black cherry and Asian spice. Solid middle fruit. The tannins are slightly aggressive lots of fruit to carry.
Triumph 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
St Helena, $55.00
1000 cases produced
(87)
Male: Aromatics of black cherry, graham cracker, and a slight bit of band-Aid. Medium fruit. Nice finish.
Triumvir 2008 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $59.00
25 cases produced
(87)
Male: Elegant nose of cassis and black cherry. Smooth in the mouth replicating the dark fruit with added elements of leather, cedar, and a hint of spice. Light tannins at the finish. Easy drinking.
Ty Caton Vineyards 2009 Estate – Caton Cabernet Collection Caton Vineyard – Upper Bench Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma Valley, $49.00
45 cases produced
(87)
Male: Black fruit and plum on the nose and in the mouth. Good middle fruit. Well structured. This is so young that it’s not showing its full potential. It should get better and better with time.
William James Cellars 2009 Rancho Verano Cabernet Franc
Paso Robles, $28.00
56 cases produced
(87)
Male: Aromas of light cherry accented by violets and vanilla carry through onto the palate. Red fruit with dried flower backnotes. Good acidity on the finish.
Winery-SF 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
North Coast, $24.99
250 cases produced
(87)
Male: inviting raspberry, black cherry, and rhubarb create a dramatic fruit-filled aromatic. Cherry, plum, and light brown spice on the palate.
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.
B.R. Cohn 2007 Estate Olive Hill Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma Valley, $55.00
4100 cases produced
(86)
Male: This is a big wine all around wine. The tannins mask the fruit. “I’d like to lay some down and try it a year or two.”
Boete 2006 Estate Reserve Saunders Vineyard Cabernet Franc
Carmel Valley, $40.00
131 cases produced
(86)
Male: Dark and rich in the glass with plummy fruit on the nose. Nice cherry fruit flavors with cedar on the finish.
BOXWOOD 2009 Estate Cabernet Blend
Virginia, $25.00
300 cases produced
(86)
Male: Deep blood red in color. Sweet grape jelly aromas with a soft opening, rich middle, good tannins, and a good solid finish.
Callaway 2008 Winemaker’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Temecula, $42
594 cases produced
(86)
Male: Lively black fruit and vanilla with a touch of green olive in the nose. There is a solid core of red fruit and black cherry, with some aggressive tannins that should soften in time.
Castello di Amorosa 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $49.00
2835 cases produced
(86)
Male: Aromatics of cherry and caramel lead to red and black fruit on the palate. Alcohol seems high. The tannins but enough fruit to age nicely.
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.
Ehret Family Winery 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
Knights Valley, $34.00
432 cases produced
(86)
Male: Black pepper, light cherry/raspberry aromatic. Spiced black fruit with coffee and earth notes. BIG!
Fernwood Cellars 2008 Estate Bates Ranch Cabernet Franc
Santa Cruz Mountains, $38.00
200 cases produced
(86)
Male: Cigar box, cedar, and leather on the nose. The palate is light and easy to drink. A simple well-made wine.
Firefly Night 2008 LUMINESCENCE Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, CA, $45.00
100 cases produced
(86)
Male: Hints of soy and black tea in the glass. Delicious sweet berry and cocoa flavors that I would like to continue but the finish comes to soon.
Indigene Cellars 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon
Santa Maria Valley, $24.00
250 cases produced
(86)
Male: Blackberry and spice aromatics. Vanilla, crème brûlée flavors with light eucalyptus on the finish.
Las Flores 2009 Reserve Terra Bella Cabernet Sauvignon
California, $28.00
47 cases produced
(86)
Male: Swirl the glass and the aromatics reveal hype tobacco, red Apple, plum, Cedar, anise and thyme. Light red fruit mid-palate with baking spices on the finish.
Lucas & Lewellen 2007 Valley View Vineyard Cabernet Franc
Santa Barbara County, $28.00
136 cases produced
(86)
Male: Anise and black pepper aromas open to soft cherry fruit. The wine is consistent from start to finish.
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.
Midsummer Cellars 2008 Fowler Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Knights Valley, $25.00
336 cases produced
(86)
Male: Lots of oak on the nose with rich flavors of blackberry and cassis on entry. Cedar and leather join on the firm 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.
Pollak 2008 Cabernet Blend
Monticello, $24.00
401 cases produced
(86)
Male: Deep crimson in color, with sweet blueberry aromas highlighted with slightly burned toasted bread notes. Medium bodied. Pleasant.
R&B Cellars 2006 Reserve Bingham Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $50.00
683 cases produced
(86)
Male: Black pepper, minced, and black licorice aromatics. Dried black fruit and dried cherries on opening. Cocoa coats the palate with a lasting spicy finish.
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.
Sol Rouge 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $75.00
150 cases produced
(86)
Male: Ruby and clear in the glass. Black currant nose leads to palate showing some fun red fruit and lots of vanilla notes. There is quite a bit of alcohol here. Cocoa shows on the oaky finish.
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.

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Bob Wine 2007 Cabernet Blend
Paso Robles, $30.00
558 cases produced
(85)
Male: Black pepper, licorice/anise, and some floral notes in the nose. Some heat shows in the nose and on the palate. Full ripe cherry and plum jam flavors. “This wine is fruit and oak centric and shows more alcohol than I would like.”
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.
Helena View Chateau Classic 2005 Cabernet Blend
Napa Valley, $29.95
600 cases produced
(85)
Male: Mushroom and lavender aromatics. The fruit is light with hints of dried flowers. Short finish.
Maier Family 2007 Saint Helena Road Vineyards Meritage
Sonoma County, $34.00
650 cases produced
(85)
Male: Green herb aromatics black fruit flavors. Simple.
Martin Ray Winery 2009 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Stags Leap District, $45.00
1200 cases produced
(85)
Male: Baked plum, blueberry pie, cranberry juice, and celery root aromas and flavors. Serious acidity and fruit in the mouth. Finish is slightly hot.
Masquerade 2007 Troika Cabernet Sauvignon
Columbia Valley, $22.99
221 cases produced
(85)
Male: Candied red apple and rhubarb aromas and flavors with cedar, smoke, and menthol. Orange peel and citrus on the pleasant acid finish.
Meadowcroft Wines 2008 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley, $36.00
250 cases produced
(85)
Male: The nose is elusive. Very light red fruit on the palate, turning a bit lusher mid-through the finish.
VGS Explorer 2007 The Illegitimate Cabernet Blend
Napa Valley, $37.00
150 cases produced
(85)
Male: Ruby in color. Cherry, Oak, vanilla, baking spices, and Earth notes lift from the glass. The flavors repeated on the palate. The high alcohol detracts flavors.
Westport Winery 2009 Smokey Nor’Wester Rosé of Cabernet Franc
Washington State, $25.00
148 cases produced
(85)
Male: Strawberry and raspberry compote aromas lead to a fresh, lively palate. Full mouth feel.
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.
Helena View Johnston Vineyards 1999 Estate Johnston Vineyards Cabernet Franc
Calistoga, $42.00
180 cases produced
(84)
Male: “I don’t love the aromatics here. Obviously an older wine. Some decent fruit but should be enjoyed soon.”
Herzog Special Reserve 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley, $38.00
2500 cases produced
(84)
Male: Tall drying grass and length red fruit aromas open to like red fruit with quite a bit of oak.
La Castellana 2008 Reserve Cabernet Blend
Napa Valley, $68.00
1634 cases produced
(84)
Male: Chocolate, black pepper, raspberry aromas. Some red fruit flavors with chocolate powder, cocoa, and mouth coating powdery tannins throughout.
Mount Aukum Winery 2007 BDX Cabernet Blend
El Dorado, $26.00
184 cases produced
(84)
Male: Port like aromas of dense black fruit. Consistent on the palate.
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.
Westport Winery 2009 Jetty Cat Red Cabernet Blend
Washington State, $25.00
365 cases produced
(84)
Male: Fresh plum and light cherry combine in a simple but inviting aromatic. Flavors of light raspberry, cherry, earth, and celery seed move to a soft finish with lively acids. Simple yet enjoyable.
Westport Winery 2009 Charterboat Chick’s Cabernet Sauvignon
Washington State, $27.00
130 cases produced
(83)
Male: Cedar, light cherry, and green pepper aromatic. Lean cranberry and rhubarb on the palate. A hint of licorice and bay leaf on the finish.
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