2011 Cabernet Shootout Results
Scores: Women Judges Bang for your Buck
= Love at First Sip = Gold Medal
- Bellarina Meritage 2008 Cabernet Blend
Knights Valley, $20.00
- 790 cases produced
Female: Herbal aromas lead to black cherry and a touch oak on the palate. Fresh herbs and teas spice notes add to the complexity of the round and pleasing palate.
- Blind Dog Wines Blind Dog Cuvee Cabernet Blend
Paso Robles, $15.00
- 750 cases produced
Female: Attractive raspberry and cigar with a hint of pine. Bright cherry fruit and raspberry jam flavors keep it lively. Sour cherry on the finish showing the nice acid. Really pretty!
- Bogle 2007 Reserve Old River Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
- 900 cases produced
Female: Cedar aromas dominate the nose. The fresh and clean entry is very pleasing displaying cherry and raspberry flavors with a sprinkling of black pepper on the palate. Round and lush on the finish.
- Grady Family Vineyards 2008 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
- 160 cases produced
Female: Intoxicating mushroom aromas lead to cherry vanilla notes upon entry. Bright and juicy spice infused cherry on the palate balanced with very pretty tannins and a velvety finish.
- Michael Pozzan 2008 Napa Cuvee No.14 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $20.00
- 2595 cases produced
Female: The nose is meaty at first and then opens to black raspberry jam aromas. Straightforward Cabernet Sauvignon with direct flavors of dark cassis, tobacco, dark chocolate, and mint. Espresso comes through mid-palate and there is nice acidity on the finish.
= An Affair to Remember = Silver Medal
- Amaro Winery 2007 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
New Mexico, $18.00
- 1750 cases produced
Female: Sweet tobacco, dried cherry, and ripe apples arise from the glass -“Inviting like a fall orchard.” Tastes completely different than it smells. The palate displays a leaner profile – rhubarb flavors with quite a lot of currant, menthol, cigar, licorice, and basil some nutmeg on the finish too. Nicely balanced. “I found out after the blind tasting that this is a wine from New Mexico. Pretty darn impressive!”
- Hahn Winery 2009 Meritage
Central Coast, $18.00
- 16907 cases produced
Female: There is a touch of blueberry on the nose and in the mouth – very connected. Pretty. A real crowd pleaser!
- Perrucci Family 2008 Mescolanza Cabernet Blend
Santa Cruz Mountains, $18.00
- 300 cases produced
Female: The nose draws you in…blackberry, black cherry, and a myriad of spices. The aromas replicate on entry with cherry compote flavors taking the lead mid-palate. Nice acid on the finish.
- Valley of the Moon Winery 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma County, $18.00
- 5500 cases produced
Female: Leather, tobacco, coffee, and dried fruit – interesting nose. Jammy dried fruit with pine and licorice on the palate. Nice!
- Eberle 2009 Vineyard Selection Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $19.00
- 4302 cases produced
Female: Wow, what is that? Aromas of gingersnap cookies with a dab of raspberry jam. Sweet fruit mid-palate. Nice acid and even tannins. Lovely and enticing wine!
- J Pilar 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
South Coast, $19.99
- 180 cases produced
Female: The brooding nose leads to the full-bodied wine. Cassis and berry flavors dominate. Nice purity. And tobacco on the finish which displays silky tannins.
- Lake Crest Winery 2008 Oroville Cabernet Sauvignon
- 80 cases produced
Female: Gingerbread and baking chocolate aromas rise from the glass. Really red right fruit on the palate. A very pleasant wine. Enjoy with a great burger.
- Martin Ray Winery 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa-Mendocino-Sonoma Counties, $20.00
- 7500 cases produced
Female: The dusty wild berry aromas deliver fruity flavors on the round palate. A touch of anise on the finish. Easy to quaff.
- ORSIANNA 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
- 1500 cases produced
Female: Black cherry with cigar box overtones in the glass. Dark black fruit with lovely layers of spice, mocha, and coffee. Very nice!
- Shenanigans Fine Irish Cab 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
- 600 cases produced
Female: The nose is elusive but the mouth is rich with black cherry, mocha, cocoa, cranberry, rhubarb, and herbal notes. Very interesting.
- Annabella 2009 Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $16.00
- 20000 cases produced
Female: Dark and delicious with dark berry aromas and dark espresso on entry. Black fruit, some red fruit joins mid-palate and then lots of oak. Needs time!
- Avalon 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $18.00
- 10000 cases produced
Female: Very pleasant Cabernet. Light red fruit on the nose and in the mouth, turning to sour cherry with watermelon notes mid-palate. Black tea and earthy on the finish. Nice acidity.
- Barefoot Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon
- 30000 cases produced
Female: Black cherry lips from the glass. Smells lush and is on the palate. Black tea notes with full on tannins. “Fun to drink… burger, please.”
- Bogle 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
- 220000 cases produced
Female: Dried cherry and black cherry fruit on the nose. Cherry, black cherry and some lovely sour cherry in the mouth. Nice acidity with black tea on the finish.
- Dry Comal Creek Vineyards 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
- 1910 cases produced
Female: Dark berry and spice on the nose. Rich and mouth filling with black cherry, and blackberry flavors, vanilla, and a touch of earth. Nicely crafted. Good depth on the finish.
- Grayson Cellars 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
- 5000 cases produced
Female: The aromatics are oaky leading to a palate that displays predominantly black fruit. Full tannins. The finish is a bit sharp.
- Kenwood Vineyards 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma County, $16.00
- 40000 cases produced
Female: Aromas of cherry jam open to a very structured wine. The tannins are bigger than expected. The fruit is there but muted by the oak. Should get better with time.
- Pedroncelli 2009 Three Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
Dry Creek Valley, $17.00
- 7500 cases produced
Female: The nose is elusive at first but opens to light red fruit that repeats on entry. Sour cherry on the mid-palate through the black pepper finish.
- Pedroncelli 2008 Morris Fay Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley, $19.00
- 1000 cases produced
Female: Cherry jam on the nose that carries through onto the palate. Red fruit on entry with lots of herbal notes that hang in through the finish. “I like!”
- Pollak 2009 Cabernet Franc
- 314 cases produced
Female: Lavender on the nose with a touch of cherry too. Cherry and dried herbs notes in the mouth. Simple but lovely.
- Thomas Henry 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma County, $20.00
- 1100 cases produced
Female: Aromas of raspberry and citrus on the nose translate to bright red fruit in the mouth. Black tea and tarragon on the finish. Nice balancing acid.
- Vintage Sun 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Mendoza, Argentina, $8.99
Female: The fruit driven nose shows cherry and black cherry. Lush dark fruit with nice oak elements and balanced acid.
- Avalon 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
- 50000 cases produced
Female: A touch of pickled barrel on the nose. Red fruit throughout. Well may, simple, and easy to drink.
- Copa Del Rey 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Colchagua Valley, Chile, $12.00
- 5140 cases produced
Female: Light red fruit aromatics. Sweet red fruit on entry. Tingly acid with some sour notes on the finish. Lighter style – easy to drink.
- Cycles Gladiator 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
- 10515 cases produced
Female: Big-time lavender on the nose with a hint of cranberry. Ripe black fruit on entry turning to sour cherry.
- Michael Pozzan 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma County, $19.00
- 4000 cases produced
Female: Light red fruit aromas open to light cherry with rhubarb flavors in the mouth. Herbal notes show up late. Nice acid and herbal notes are what linger on the finish.
- Symbiotic Terra Bella Cabernet Blend
- 47 cases produced
Female: The nose is a surprise. I expected Cabernet type aromas and Zinfandel is prominent. The palate is sweet, the Zin wins out again. A lovely wine. I would rate it higher in a Zinfandel competition.
- Turning Leaf 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
- 170000 cases produced
Female: Lovely dark cherry fruit on the nose and the palate. The tannins complement the cherry flavors. Simple and easy to enjoy.
= Will Provide Fond Memories = Honorable Mention
- Aresti 2008 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
Curico Valley, Chile, $15.00
- 1500 cases produced
Female: Light red fruit with vanilla and earth notes. Cherry and black cherry on entry turning to sour cherry notes on the finish. Will shine with food, especially a grilled pork loin.