7th Cabernet Shootout Results – Scores: Men Judges

7th Cabernet Shootout Results
Scores: Women Judges
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Scores: Men Judges
Scores: Men Judges Bang for Your Buck

heartheartheartheart = Love at First Sip = Gold Medal

BOYANCI InSpire 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa, $60.00
1230 cases produced
(93) BRICK
Male: Blood red in color. Cherry, kirsch, leather, and dark fruit aromas. The opening shows a great combination of black fruit and cherry with enticing spice elements. The middle is lush. The finish goes on and on.
Eberle 2009 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $34.00
1985 cases produced
(93) PINK
Male: Dramatic multi-layered aromatics of fruit, spice and lots of other great stuff. Wow! Wonderful palate and finish!
En Garde 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley, $68.00
130 cases produced
(93)
Male: The nose is complex with herb garden notes, restrained dark fruit, cinnamon, allspice, and oak. The palate is complex displaying great integration. The intense fruit pops immediately and finishes with spice and ripe tannins. Age worthy!
AuburnJames 2009 Bella Vista Blocks 1&4 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $75.00
230 cases produced
(92) PURPLE
Male: Exciting and intense aromas emanate from the glass. The well balanced palate shows black cherry and black currant flavors with a lovely spice accent. A definite sense of place, no doubt...Napa Valley.
Cass Winery 2009 Cass Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $45.00
840 cases produced
(92) WHITE
Male: Aromas of leather, dried leaves, pine needles, black fruit, chocolate, and coffee lead to a voluptuous wine featuring black fruit and spice. The lush mid-palate has a perfect ending.
Field Stone 2010 Staten Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley, $40.00
495 cases produced
(92) HOT PINK
Male: Nicely reserved and elegant black fruit and spice aromatics. Black fruit, spice and well integrated oak. Almost chalky at first moving to lush and opulent mid. Nice length and quality.
Great Dane 2009 Coombsville Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $110.00
25 cases produced
(92) DUSTY ROSE
Male: Blood red and opaque in the glass. The nose is many layered with black currant, cassis, cedar/cigar box, blackberry, black pepper, clove, allspice, and oak. Rich opening of black cherry, dark fruit and all of the other elements portended in the nose with the addition of dark chocolate. The palate with its sweet fruit is perfectly balanced by tannins and acids. Good depth with a long lingering finish.
Petroni Vineyards 2008 Estate Grown Petroni Vineyards Cavedale Road Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma Valley, $70.00
503 cases produced
(92) MAGENTA
Male: Dark sapphire color. Delightful cranberry, blackberry, black cherry, and forest floor nose. The palate confirms the nose. Rich opening, good middle, harmonious and integrated. Nice full finish.
Rodney Strong Vineyards 2008 Rockaway, Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley, $75.00
1757 cases produced
(92) YELLOW
Male: Big, bold fruit aromas and flavors...black cherry, blackcurrant, cassis, with oak accents. Youthful. Will age beautifully.
Twisted Sisters 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $20.00
1075 cases produced
(92)
Male: Mint, oregano and eucalyptus in the glass. Bright cherry and boysenberry flavors with vanilla spice on the finish. A treat! Will age beautifully.
Vinoce 2009 Cabernet Franc Blend
Mt Veeder, $60.00
450 cases produced
(92)
Male: The nose is brambly with a pronounced herbaceousness and cherry aromas. The rich palate of black currant, black cherry and black blackberry flavors has black pepper back notes. Nicely proportioned.
Arroba 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma County, $24.00
520 cases produced
(91)
Male: Warm black fruit with light coffee notes on the nose. Lively palate of raspberry and cassis. Big, fruity and balanced.
Aurielle 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
Howell Mountain/Mt. Veeder, $90.00
358 cases produced
(91)
Male: Plum, cherry and bright cigar box nose. Interesting black fruit, oak, vanilla, and brown spice flavors. Beautifully balanced fruit and tannins, well integrated with the oak elements. Very age worthy.
Calcareous Vineyard 2008 Meritage
Paso Robles, $38.00
420 cases produced
(91)
Male: Black currant - big and powerful in the glass and on opening. Ripe fruit with coffee and clove mid-palate. Nice acid and soft tannin.
Deerfield 2007 Zukowski Cabernet Sauvignon
Knights Valley, $60.00
485 cases produced
(91) GREEN
Male: Deep crimson in color. Complex aromas of leather, dust, cocoa, and cherry-cola open to rich blackberry and cassis flavors with oak, spice, and black pepper accents. Creamy and delicious.
Ecluse Wines 2010 Lock Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $38.00
500 cases produced
(91)
Male: Soft black fruit and cookie dough aromas preface the palate of black fruit and spice. Opulent yet balanced. Very nice!
J Pilar 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
South Coast, $40.00
175 cases produced
(91) WEDGEWOOD
Male: Dry black cherry, spice, mint, wood, and dark spices (cloves and allspice) arise from the glass. Mouthfilling dark fruit with savory backnotes. Heavy yet soft tannins.
Louis M. Martini 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma County, $18.00
303800 cases produced
(91) GOLD
Male: French-like aromas. Excellent minerality accents the fruit. Long finish. Balanced!
Martin Ray Winery 2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Stags Leap District, $55.00
400 cases produced
(91) GRAY
Male: Blood red and opaque in the glass. Blackberry, cherry, and spice elements on the nose. Good rich opening leads to a lush and savory middle. Great attack. Good depth. Purity of fruit with chocolate and warm spice notes on the big finish. Tasty and lush.
Perrucci Family Vineyard 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
Santa Cruz Mountains, $34.00
220 cases produced
(91)
Male: Black fruit, cassis, cherry cola, and graham cracker aromas lead to a solid core of great fruit that is beautifully balanced with acid and ripe grippy tannins. Very good, long finish.
Rocca Family Vineyards 2009 Estate Collinetta Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Coombsville, Napa Valley, $85.00
420 cases produced
(91) BRONZE
Male: Red and black cherry, brown spices, redwood, chocolate, blackberry, and five spice - and that's just on the first swirl. The palate is not as complex as the aromas but the wine is delicious with great texture.
Rocca Family Vineyards 2009 Estate Cabernet Blend
Napa Valley, $50.00
641 cases produced
(91) RED
Male: Dense fruit on the nose - black cherry, currant and a hint of coffee. Smooth tannins and a lingering finish showing lush black cherry.
Rodrigue Molyneaux 2009 Reserve, Estate Rodrigue Molyneaux Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Livermore Valley, $45.00
125 cases produced
(91) LILAC
Male: The wine in the glass is enticing - looks soft and silky. Big blueberry and smoke aromas. The palate reveals well defined fruit with judicious use of oak. This will really get better with time.
Signorello 2010 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $90.00
1025 cases produced
(91) LIME GREEN
Male: Cola! Well balanced-fruit and tannins (chalk and cocoa). An Americana! I need a burger. :-)
Sol Rouge 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
Lake County, $32.00
350 cases produced
(91) AQUA MARINE
Male: Cooked dark fruit, clove, allspice, and oak aromas. A powerful wine. Lively palate showing black currant with lots of oak and great acidity.
Angeline 2011 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma County, $18.00
6000 cases produced
(90)
Male: Black fruit aromas with coffee and warm spice accents. Thick black fruit palate showing mostly plum and black currant fruit. Very good, if a bit grippy. Well layered elements of fruit and spice notes.
Arroba Winery 2009 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma Valley, $40.00
2050 cases produced
(90) DEEP PURPLE
Male: In the glass, a ruby/orange rim, opaque to the edge. Bell pepper, chocolate, dark berry, and dust on the nose. Chocolate, bell pepper, red cherry, red plum, and oak flavors with raspberry, dust and leather on the finish.
AuburnJames 2008 Artist Series Cabernet Blend
Napa Valley, $85.00
125 cases produced
(90)
Male: In the glass there is a ruby rim, the wine is opaque to near the edge. Deep herb, big plum, red currant, dust, and earth all show in this complex nose. Cocoa and raspberry flavors on entry. Dust and herbs enhance the lush mid-palate. Tarry, acidic and deep finish. Nice balance. Needs time.
BOYANCI 2009 Stagecoach Vineyards (Pritchard Hill) Cabernet Blend
Napa, $110.00
1200 cases produced
(90) LIGHT YELLOW
Male: Purple rim, opaque to the edge. Lilac, lavender, raspberry, red plum, green and dried herbs, and cassis on the nose. Raspberry and floral entry. Lifted leather and herbs mid. Drying tannins and good acid on the finish.
Cass Winery 2009 Estate Cabernet Blend
Paso Robles, $90.00
225 cases produced
(90)
Male: Dark ruby in color. Pretty eucalyptus on the nose. Tannins over cassis on opening then leather, earth and black fruit mid. The finish is long with anise and coffee. Good acid balance.
Deerfield 2006 Rancho Salina Cabernet Blend
Sonoma Valley, $75.00
485 cases produced
(90)
Male: Understated nicely evolved aromatics. Rich front palate of ripe red fruit leads to a well defined finish.
Ecluse Wines 2010 Ensemble Cabernet Blend
Paso Robles, $42.00
396 cases produced
(90)
Male: Roasted coffee beans with chocolate on the nose showing nice new French barrels. Nicely textured mid-palate of black fruit and spice. Length and definition on the finish is lovely.
Ecluse Wines 2009 Reserve Lock Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $69.00
100 cases produced
(90)
Male: Rich and wonderful red and blackberry nose with hints of mocha. Dense and beautiful.
Eden Springs 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
High Eden, South Australia, $27.50
3986 cases produced
(90)
Male: The nose is strong and balanced with stony fruit. This wine is St. Emilion-like. Great integration of fruit, oak and tannins. Good solid finish.
Edge 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
North Coast, $20.00
18487 cases produced
(90) KHAKI
Male: Orange peel melds nicely with the black raspberry fruit on the nose. The fruit, spice and tannins are well-balanced. Good mouth feel and structure
Edna Valley Vineyard 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $15.00
29400 cases produced
(90) BEIGE
Male: Plum, cassis, dried herbs, and green spices on the nice nose. Balanced entry showing good fruit and herb integration. The finish is lush.
En Garde 2008 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley, $88.00
130 cases produced
(90) BLACK
Male: Nice dark cherry aromas. Very balanced showing well integrated fruit and oak displaying a hint of cola on the finish.
Fernwood Cellars 2009 Estate Bates Ranch Cabernet Franc
Santa Cruz Mountains, $38.00
320 cases produced
(90)
Male: Stylish aromatics of subtle cherry and terroir driven earth notes replicate on the palate with light coffee and lively tannins melding nicely with the black fruit from mid-palate through the finish.
Field Stone 2009 Vineyard Select Wally's Block Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley, $30.00
475 cases produced
(90) LIGHT BLUE
Male: Thick and dark ruby tones in the glass. The nose is sweet cassis through and through. The front palate shows red fruit, plum, and cassis with black cherry joining mid-palate. Solid tannins with a hint of toast. Well balanced.
For Giving 2009 Godspeed Cabernet Sauvignon
Mt. Veeder, $90.00
25 cases produced
(90)
Male: Dark, rich black in color. The nose is smoky and opens to leather, cedar and anise. Cedar, licorice and anise with dark red fruit, showing cassis mid. Soft crushed violets show mid to late. Well integrated tannins give way to an earth rich finish.
Gatt 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
High Eden, South Australia, $53.50
4060 cases produced
(90)
Male: Thick and inky in the glass. Barnyard aromas open to cassis with leather notes. Yummy finish!
Ghost Pines 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa/Sonoma/Lake, $23.00
129100 cases produced
(90) ORANGE
Male: Baked dark fruit - plum, raisin - and spice on the nose. Nice chalky mouthfeel. Lots of ripe fruit with attractive spice mid to late.
J. Rickards Winery 2010 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley, $34.00
322 cases produced
(90)
Male: Violets and lavender at first opening to black fruit with forest notes on the complex nose. Cherry flavors with hints of coffee and cola. Balanced!
Judd's Hill Winery 2008 Single Vineyard Kairos Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $60.00
120 cases produced
(90)
Male: Bright ruby in the glass. Lively aromas of red and black fruit with coffee and cocoa back notes. The palate replicates the nose with the addition of black licorice mid and baking spices on the silky finish.
Judd's Hill Winery 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Rutherford, $60.00
140 cases produced
(90)
Male: Pretty, dark and shiny ruby color. The nose shows cassis and cherry pie aromas. A little bit of heat here too. Cassis and cedar on opening with a touch of herb mid-palate. Compact but complex finish.
Louis M. Martini 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $34.00
65200 cases produced
(90)
Male: Candy cane and black fruit aromatics. Long initial palate of rich fruit and milk chocolate then dark chocolate and coffee. Delicious!
Lucas & Lewellen 2009 COTE DEL SOL Valley View Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara County, $32.00
811 cases produced
(90) DARK BLUE
Male: The nose is complex with black fruit, oak/cedar, dry earth, and vanilla bean. The palate shows medium+ intensity and reveals flavors of fresh and dried cherry, plum and blackberry that are well integrated with the soft tannins. Nice acidity.
Martin Ray Winery 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma County, $20.00
7500 cases produced
(90)
Male: Dark purple in color. Forest and moss nose. Red fruit flavors. Well balanced. Classic Cabernet Sauvignon.
Mirassou 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
California, $12.00
127800 cases produced
(90)
Male: Black currant, blackberry, currant leaf, and moist eucalyptus open to more earthiness, spice and cedar aromas. Concentrated berry flavors. Lovely texture. Attractive and balanced flavors.
Muscardini Cellars 2009 Madrone Ridge Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma Valley, $39.00
217 cases produced
(90) CORAL
Male: Inky, blue/black in color. Nose of soft red fruit and cassis. Front palate of cherry and earth, mid moves to cassis and leather. The long finish shows cassis and red fruit. "I'll definitely buy this."
Oak Mountain Winery 2010 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Temecula Valley, $60.00
200 cases produced
(90)
Male: Nice complex blend of cherries and blackberries on the nose and in the mouth. Tobacco and leather enhance the mid to late palate. Nice tannins and toasty oak show on the pleasing finish.
Rahn Estate 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $55.00
150 cases produced
(90) BLUE
Male: Ruby/amber rim, opaque to edge. Big dark cherry and plum with forest floor, dried herbs and vanilla aromas. The palate shows nicely integrated big black fruit, lush oak and spice. Herb notes throughout. Nice tannins tightening up the finish.
Rocca Family Vineyards 2009 Estate Grigsby Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Yountville, Napa Valley, $80.00
469 cases produced
(90)
Male: Shy nose showing Berry, mineral, and some vanilla. Lovely mid-palate of beautifully proportioned cherry and black fruit with soft spice notes. Nice texture.
Rodney Strong Vineyards 2009 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley, $45.00
4121 cases produced
(90)
Male: Inky blue/black color. Red berry with a touch of asparagus on the nose on first sniff. As the wine opens it shows anise, licorice, white spice, and subtle herb notes. Good berry flavors on entry moving to cassis with herb notes mid. Fine tannins and good acid on the finish.
Shannon Ridge 2010 High Elevation Cabernet Sauvignon
Lake County, $22.99
14850 cases produced
(90) BURGUNDY
Male: Black currant, currant leaf, mint, licorice, and sweet and dark spice aromas repeat on the palate. Powdery and a bit chalky. Nicely structured with a good finish, balanced flavors and great mouthfeel.
Sol Rouge 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $75.00
360 cases produced
(90)
Male: Aromas of black fruit and warm baking spice with lovely perfumed floral back notes. Lively black and red fruit on entry. Coffee joins mid with a precise finish of lighter tannins and acid.
THE GRADE 2009 Estate Winfield Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley (Calistoga District), $80.00
265 cases produced
(90)
Male: Cassis, anise, mint, plum, raspberry, and herbs de Provence on the complex nose. Nice fruit and herb mix throughout showing lovely integration. Balanced finish.
The Winery SF 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
North Coast, $24.99
750 cases produced
(90)
Male: Dark fruit accented by dried herbs and spices - complex, interesting nose. Dark berry, currant and plum with nice herb and spice flavors. Big fruit and leathery tannins show mid through the long finish.
The Winery SF 2008 Beatty Ranch Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $150.00
100 cases produced
(90) GUNMETAL
Male: Engaging black fruit aromatics. Gorgeous mid-palate of fruit and spice with supple sexy tannins.
Trim Wine 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
California, $11.99
9994 cases produced
(90)
Male: Smoky oak, vanilla, a touch of mint, and red fruit. Gentle use of oak. Soft fruit leads to lush, defined fruit. Pleasing sweet finish.
Venteux Vineyards 2009 Starr Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $48.00
235 cases produced
(90) TAN
Male: Deep red/black color in the glass. Dark cherries and a gravelly note on the nose. The dark fruit carries onto the palate with cinnamon and other brown baking spice joining in mid-palate. Caramelly notes on the smooth finish. Should age well.
Vinoce 2009 Solar Hill Cabernet Sauvignon
Mt Veeder, $75.00
200 cases produced
(90)
Male: Deep medium ruby in color. Tight nose of plum and black cherry. Concentrated dark berry fruit with a hint of cigar box and molasses on the palate. The long finish displays cassis, leather and smoke. Can't wait to find out what this is and buy it!

heartheartheart = An Affair to Remember = Silver Medal

AuburnJames 2009 Bella Vista Block 2 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $75.00
220 cases produced
(89)
Male: Dark in color. Nose of chocolate, dark black fruit and rose petals. Extracted dark fruit with lots of oak elements. Big wine!
Barefoot Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon
California, $6.99
362000 cases produced
(89) BLUE GREEN
Male: Light and ripe fruit aromas make for an interesting nose. Lush mid-palate. Good rich mouthfeel.
Cannonball Wines 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
California, $15.00
30000 cases produced
(89) PUMPKIN
Male: Nice fruit forward style. Clean bright cherry flavors. Black tea and leather notes add interest. A hint of sweetness on the finish.
Ciccone 2011 Estate Cabernet Franc
Leelanau, $17.95
160 cases produced
(89)
Male: Fascinating aromatic of exotic spice and black fruit. Black fruit core with a tight finish.
Darkhorse 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
California, $8.99
50000 cases produced
(89)
Male: Bold and smoky aromas. Delicious fruit (plum and cherry) - rounded and defined - dives through to the satisfying finish.
Eberle 2010 Vineyard Selection Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $20.00
4568 cases produced
(89)
Male: The nose displays aromas of mushroom and deft use of French oak. Ripe fruit on entry with vanilla and raisin notes joining late. Soft tannins.
En Garde - Adamus 2009 California Cabernet Blend
Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley, $78.00
60 cases produced
(89)
Male: Smoky and woodsy nose. Pleasant dark fruit. Nicely balanced.
Lucas & Lewellen 2008 Valley View Vineyard Cabernet Franc
Santa Barbara County, $26.00
600 cases produced
(89)
Male: Tightly wound with a subdued nose. Pleasant soft fruit showing raspberry flavors. Easy drinking/
McGrail Vineyards 2009 Reserve McGrail Vineyards Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Livermore Valley, $39.00
1412 cases produced
(89) DARK RED
Male: Dramatic aromas of blackberry, cassis, black cherry, and subtle oak. Flavors of black currant, black cherry, tobacco, oak, and brown spice. Well balanced with a power packed finish.
Muscardini Cellars 2010 Rancho Salina Cabernet Blend
Sonoma Valley, $49.00
470 cases produced
(89)
Male: Blackberry, licorice and lighter cherry aromas. Lean palate that shows great potential to develop in bottle. Dry red fruit flavors and evolving tannins with black pepper on the finish.
PEJU 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $45.00
2644 cases produced
(89) ORCHID
Male: The color is ruby, opaque to the rim. Classic Cabernet aromas showing cassis with herbs and spices. Good fruit on entry with back notes of cocoa, herb and spice. Rounded finish with nice tannins.
R&B Cellars 2007 Reserve Bingham Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $50.00
1000 cases produced
(89)
Male: French Oak and black fruit on the nose. Raspberry and cassis on entry with soft tannins accented by hints of dark chocolate mid-palate through the finish.
Red Table Cellars 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $25.00
200 cases produced
(89)
Male: Dark black fruit and spice aromas. Warm ripe mid-palate of well proportioned fruit and spice.
Rodney Strong Vineyards 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma County, $18.00
280000 cases produced
(89)
Male: Chocolate and black raspberry with toasted mocha aromas. Well structured and balanced combination of fruit, spice, tannins, and acid.
Shingleback The Davey Estate 2010 Davey Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
McLaren Vale, $22.00
5000 cases produced
(89) TURQUOISE
Male: Spiced black cherry with cola back notes on the nose. Chewy black fruit and spice on the palate. Fun!
Judd's Hill Winery 2009 Cabernet Franc
Napa Valley, $48.00
120 cases produced
(88)
Male: Light cranberry, fresh young cherry and vanilla aromas. Nicely proportioned mid-palate. Well balanced.
Lucas & Lewellen 2009 Valley View Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara County, $27.00
780 cases produced
(88)
Male: Beautiful ruby color. Nose of cranberry and coffee. The palate replicates the nose moving to cassis with nice herb notes on the finish.
Martin Ray Winery 2009 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Santa Cruz Mountains, $55.00
400 cases produced
(88)
Male: Deep ruby in color. Tight nose of red fruit and cassis. Cherry, menthol and anise flavors. Soft tannins with hints of tobacco and bay leaves. Attractive, juicy finish.
Orsianna 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
Mendocino, $19.95
1200 cases produced
(88)
Male: Thick texture and red ruby color in the glass. The nose displays cough drops and chocolate notes. The soft fore palate is cranberry which carries through the mid-palate. Sour cherry flavors on the finish.
Vigilance Vineyards 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Red Hills, Lake County, $24.99
15000 cases produced
(88)
Male: Cookie dough meets black cherry on the nose. The palate is lush with blackcurrant, pomegranate, Cedar, and white pepper. Soft tannins. Complex.
Calcareous Vineyard 2008 Lloyd of Calcareous Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $56.00
390 cases produced
(87)
Male: Pleasing aromas of red fruit, plum, spice and a hint of mint. Rich mouth feel predominantly of fruit with back notes of spice.
Deerfield 2006 DRX Cabernet Blend
Sonoma County, $85.00
275 cases produced
(87)
Male: Warm red fruit, spice and small oak aromas. Plum and cedar on opening. Tobacco and anise mid-palate through the finish.
Martin Ray Winery 2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $30.00
1200 cases produced
(87)
Male: Bramble, spice and mushrooms on the nose and in the mouth. Big tannins. This is just a baby!
Rodney Strong Vineyards 2010 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley, $28.00
37000 cases produced
(87)
Male: Red fruit aromas with back notes of Cedar. Red fruit on entry with toasty oak notes, coffee, plum, and coconut flavors mid- to late palate. Big tannins on the finish.
The Naked Grape Cabernet Sauvignon
California, $12.00
84000 cases produced
(87)
Male: Forward nose of ripe black currant, spice and coffee. Balanced fruit flavors. Drink soon and drink often.
Twenty Rows 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $20.00
7000 cases produced
(87)
Male: Deep purple in color. Nose of American oak and moss. Nice fruit. Youthful tannins. Will improve with time.
Cuda Ridge Wines 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Livermore Valley, $34.00
144 cases produced
(86)
Male: Forward herbal nose. Candy flavors with oak counter balance.
Fernwood Cellars 2009 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Santa Cruz Mountains, $40.00
420 cases produced
(86)
Male: Slight brownish hue. Subdued aromas and flavors. Slight bitterness on the finish.
Frei Brothers Reserve 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley, $27.00
36400 cases produced
(86)
Male: Light nose of damp leaves, red fruit and jalapeno peppers. Nice red fruit in the mouth. Easy to drink.
The Winery SF 2008 Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $150.00
100 cases produced
(86)
Male: Deep purple in color. Dark fruit and meadow aromas. BIG tannins. There is fruit beneath but this wine needs time!
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