7th Cabernet Shootout Results – Scores: Women Judges

7th Cabernet Shootout Results
Scores: Women Judges
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heartheartheartheart = Love at First Sip = Gold Medal

En Garde 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley, $68.00
130 cases produced
(92)
Female: Earthy wild berry aromas remain pure and consistent on the palate. Blackberry, black currant, tobacco, and leather unfold beautifully in the mouth. Well balanced. Nicely structured with a long finish. Surprisingly delicious.
Great Dane 2009 Coombsville Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $110.00
25 cases produced
(92) DUSTY ROSE
 

Female: Smoky exotic spice aromas rock! Dusty, dark berries and cherries further entrance the senses. Beautifully structured, sexy wine. Finishes with panache.
Louis M. Martini 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma County, $18.00
303800 cases produced
(92) GOLD
 

Female: Cherry and dark fruit compote aromas. Gorgeous fruit on the palate. Nice acid. Nice wine!
Vinoce 2009 Cabernet Franc Blend
Mt Veeder, $60.00
450 cases produced
(92)
Female: Herbal aromas with green pepper notes lead to a rich palateful of black cherry and plums with dried herbs and savory spice. Nicely balanced and varietally spot on. Well made with pretty tannins and well-integrated oak.
Aurielle 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
Howell Mountain/Mt. Veeder, $90.00
358 cases produced
(91)
Female: Opaque in the glass. Dusty Old World-like enticing aromas of black fruit, leather and soy join with nice black tea spice. Elegant with stunning balance through the persistent finish. Will age beautifully.
Cannonball Wines 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
California, $15.00
30000 cases produced
(91) PUMPKIN
 

Female: Oooh - caramel covered cherries in the glass. The aromas are replicated in the mouth with roasted coffee notes. Nice acid on the finish.
Deerfield 2007 Zukowski Cabernet Sauvignon
Knights Valley, $60.00
485 cases produced
(91) GREEN
 

Female: Dried cherry and herbs intertwine with tea box spice on the nose. There is a very alluring quality to this wine. Earthy, spicy, cherry flavors pick up speed mid-palate. Love the well placed oak treatment and savory notes throughout.
Eberle 2009 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $34.00
1985 cases produced
(91) PINK
 

Female: Fresh herbs and capsicum aromas. Bright and pure entry of cherry licorice and hints of green olive. Dried fruit, savory spice and black pepper meld harmoniously. Well structured and the finish lingers forever.
Ecluse Wines 2010 Ensemble Cabernet Blend
Paso Robles, $42.00
396 cases produced
(91)
Female: Pretty nose - chocolate, cherry and spice box - Great! Young but wonderful. Big and rich in the mouth. Chocolate covered cherries and cherry pipe tobacco. Yum!
Ecluse Wines 2009 Reserve Lock Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $69.00
100 cases produced
(91)
Female: Inky dark in the glass. Floral, warm chocolate and loganberry syrup aromas. Lovely, earthy classic Cabernet. Dark black cherry and plum flavors with black tea notes. The tannins are mellowing out.
En Garde - Adamus 2009 California Cabernet Blend
Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley, $78.00
60 cases produced
(91)
Female: Earthy low notes. Deep red and black fruit aromas with floral back notes. Soft on opening moving to juicy with great acid and tannin. Gentle use of oak. Still very young but incredibly well balanced.
J Pilar 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
South Coast, $40.00
175 cases produced
(91) WEDGEWOOD
 

Female: Dusty, mushrooms and cassis greet the senses and build on the palate with leather and cigar box spices. Pretty balance and texture. Nice acidity lifts the finish.
Lucas & Lewellen 2009 COTE DEL SOL Valley View Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara County, $32.00
811 cases produced
(91) DARK BLUE
 

Female: The nose is earthy and spicy with plenty of dried herbs. Lively and pure black fruit and herbs are nicely integrated with the tannins. The finish is lifted and long.
Muscardini Cellars 2010 Rancho Salina Cabernet Blend
Sonoma Valley, $49.00
470 cases produced
(91)
Female: Black cherry, herbs and forest notes on the nose. Complex palate going back and forth between sweet and sour red fruit with espresso notes mid. Nicely evolved tannin structure. This is a baby on its way to a beautifully balanced mature wine.
Perrucci Family Vineyard 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
Santa Cruz Mountains, $34.00
220 cases produced
(91)
Female: Black raspberry, currant and fresh herbs wow the senses. Anise spice and earth notes harmonize with the spice infused fruit. Nice blending of Old and New World style. Elegant and lively finish.
Red Table Cellars 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $25.00
200 cases produced
(91)
Female: Deep cherry, black cherry and toasty vanillan notes with a touch of bacon late. Lush and delish red and black fruit in the mouth. Deft use of oak great balance!
Arroba 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma County, $24.00
520 cases produced
(90)
Female: Nice spiced nose with plum, lavender, cherry, and smoke aromas. Cherry and mocha flavors. Dried herbs and coffee notes on the finish.
Arroba Winery 2009 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma Valley, $40.00
2050 cases produced
(90) DEEP PURPLE
 

Female: The black cherry with espresso and cola nose is replicated on the palate. Lovely oak treatment. Nice wine!
AuburnJames 2009 Bella Vista Block 2 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $75.00
220 cases produced
(90)
Female: Barnyard, red and blue fruit with dark espresso and black tea elements in the nose and mouth. Lots of oak on the palate but plenty of fruit to carry. Lay this baby down.
AuburnJames 2009 Bella Vista Blocks 1&4 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $75.00
230 cases produced
(90) PURPLE
 

Female: There is a prevalent earthiness on the brooding nose of dried fruit. Mushroom and cassis flavors on entry with coffee notes adding further dimension. The acidity of this wine rocks! The tannic backbone and dusty fruit are in total balance with the whole.
AuburnJames 2008 Artist Series Cabernet Blend
Napa Valley, $85.00
125 cases produced
(90)
Female: Menthol and dark red fruit with toasted barrel notes on the nose. Intense dark red fruit flavors moving to sour cherry mid-palate through the finish. Tannins are still aggressive but plenty of fruit to carry this wine as it matures. I look forward to tasting this in 6 to 8 months.
Barefoot Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon
California, $6.99
362000 cases produced
(90) BLUE GREEN
 

Female: Raspberry aromas begin at entry and continues through mid-palate where a touch of herbs and spice join in. Delicate and elegant fruit. A focused Cabernet.
BOYANCI 2009 Stagecoach Vineyards (Pritchard Hill) Cabernet Blend
Napa, $110.00
1200 cases produced
(90) LIGHT YELLOW
 

Female: Blackberry and tobacco leaf aromatics. The palate replicates the nose with lots of licorice, orange blossom and cola notes. The tannins are big but I love the bergamot flavor profile.
BOYANCI InSpire 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa, $60.00
1230 cases produced
(90) BRICK
 

Female: The nose is lean at first with a dustiness underlying the cassis aromas. Intriguing earthiness - Old World-style. Elegant structure. The tannins are well placed.
Calcareous Vineyard 2008 Meritage
Paso Robles, $38.00
420 cases produced
(90)
Female: Eucalyptus, floral notes and espresso aromas. Yummy dark plum flavors with coffee and mocha notes. Very nice!
Cass Winery 2009 Estate Cabernet Blend
Paso Robles, $90.00
225 cases produced
(90)
Female: Honey aromas with earth and red fruit. Juicy classic palate with berry, cherry, cocoa powder, forest leaves, and raisin. Big but refined tannins with dark fruits hiding underneath on the finish.
Darkhorse 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
California, $8.99
50000 cases produced
(90)
Female: Bright red and blue fruit aromas. The lush palate reflects the nose. Nicely balanced. I want a pizza!
Ecluse Wines 2010 Lock Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $38.00
500 cases produced
(90)
Female: Copiously fruited nose yet surprisingly light on its feet. Candied berry, vanilla and a subtle milk chocolate accent. Deliciously quaffable.
Eden Springs 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
High Eden, South Australia, $27.50
3986 cases produced
(90)
Female: Sour cherry and mineral notes in the nose. Cassis on the palate with leather notes. Cranberry and rhubarb join mid-palate. Long and balanced finish.
Edna Valley Vineyard 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $15.00
29400 cases produced
(90) BEIGE
 

Female: Rich and dense fruit. Chocolate covered cherry flavors. Silky and smooth.
En Garde 2008 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley, $88.00
130 cases produced
(90) BLACK
 

Female: Cherry and cranberry aromas lead to beautiful cherry pie flavors in the mouth. Complex layers but so easy to drink.
Fernwood Cellars 2009 Estate Bates Ranch Cabernet Franc
Santa Cruz Mountains, $38.00
320 cases produced
(90)
Female: Tart cherries on the nose. Entry is lean and tart with dried cranberry. Licorice accents joining in mid-palate through the finish.
Field Stone 2010 Staten Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley, $40.00
495 cases produced
(90) HOT PINK
 

Female: Opaque in the glass. Baking spice, green earth notes, blackberries, plums, and toasted oak aromatics. Full bodied with concentrated fruit. Tons of fruit and smoke. A masculine wine. You can cut this one with a knife.
Field Stone 2009 Vineyard Select Wally's Block Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley, $30.00
475 cases produced
(90) LIGHT BLUE
 

Female: A big bruiser! Tons of black fruit with fig jam, sweet coffee and gingerbread aromas and flavors. A great example of a fruit forward but not overdosed Cabernet.
For Giving 2009 Godspeed Cabernet Sauvignon
Mt. Veeder, $90.00
25 cases produced
(90)
Female: This s a Block Buster Cabernet. Dark cherry, espresso, and spice aromas. The palate displays dark fruit with earth notes. Big but balanced.
Gatt 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
High Eden, South Australia, $53.50
4060 cases produced
(90)
Female: Barnyard aromas, so appealing! Sweet red fruit and dried plums as the wine opens. Oak deftly surrounds the red fruit that moves to black currant, cassis and tangerine mid and black tea on the finish. Yum!!
Ghost Pines 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa/Sonoma/Lake, $23.00
129100 cases produced
(90) ORANGE
 

Female: Black plums, soy, coffee, and bitter chocolate show on the reserved and pleasant nose. The fruit is accented with coffee, earth and integrated wood notes. Nice finish. Not an overly aggressive style.
J. Rickards Winery 2010 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley, $34.00
322 cases produced
(90)
Female: Plum, blackberry compote and liquid chocolate aromas. Great fruit with dusty earth back notes. Lots of cigar box influence on the finish.
Judd's Hill Winery 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Rutherford, $60.00
140 cases produced
(90)
Female: Pair this with beef stew. Cassis, plum and rich earth aromas replicate on the palate with mushroom and leather sprinkles. Meaty with nice herbal notes mid through the finish. Firm tannins. Great body.
Judd's Hill Winery 2009 Cabernet Franc
Napa Valley, $48.00
120 cases produced
(90)
Female: Minty in the nose and in the mouth. Juicy red fruit. Lovely!
Louis M. Martini 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $34.00
65200 cases produced
(90)
Female: Coffee, roasty, toasty brown spices and black fruit. Huge in the mouth! Lovely tooth coating tannins. Well-balanced.
Lucas & Lewellen 2009 Valley View Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara County, $27.00
780 cases produced
(90)
Female: Plum, raspberry and tangerine aromas and flavors. Bright and interesting. Easy to drink and enjoy.
Martin Ray Winery 2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Stags Leap District, $55.00
400 cases produced
(90) GRAY
 

Female: Strawberry and rhubarb pie aromas. Nicely spiced and clean. Juicy without being over ripe. Nice level of tannins pulls it all together.
Martin Ray Winery 2009 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Santa Cruz Mountains, $55.00
400 cases produced
(90)
Female: The nose is many layered...baking spices, cherry pie, sour cherry, and big coffee. Lovely! Nice stewed fruit with forest floor notes. Long finish.
McGrail Vineyards 2009 Reserve McGrail Vineyards Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Livermore Valley, $39.00
1412 cases produced
(90) DARK RED
 

Female: Expressive savory aromas of cherry, chocolate, black plums, and a hint of anise. Dense berry and black currant flavors with tobacco highlights mid-palate. Juicy and round with generous fruit taking center stage. Medium-bodied with gentle tannins. Thumbs up!
Oak Mountain Winery 2010 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Temecula Valley, $60.00
200 cases produced
(90)
Female: High notes of fresh cherry juice on the nose. Dusty blackberries with back notes of powdered espresso. Juicy! Very pretty!
PEJU 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $45.00
2644 cases produced
(90) ORCHID
 

Female: Great nose of cranberry chutney with crystallized ginger notes. Yummy cherry and black cherry flavors with cranberry notes late. Great acidity!
Petroni Vineyards 2008 Estate Grown Petroni Vineyards Cavedale Road Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma Valley, $70.00
503 cases produced
(90) MAGENTA
 

Female: Earthy, dried fruit, chocolate covered cherry, cedar, and rose petal aromas with caramel back notes. Yum! Concentrated berry flavors deftly surrounded by oak. Velvety, rich mouth feel.
R&B Cellars 2007 Reserve Bingham Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $50.00
1000 cases produced
(90)
Female: Black currant and rhubarb nose. Complex palate. Nicely structured. Gripping tannins surround young black fruit. Cocoa back notes.
Rahn Estate 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $55.00
150 cases produced
(90) BLUE
 

Female: Pretty red and black fruit aromas. Austere at first but shows lush fruit underneath. Big oak jumps in mid and carries through the finish. Needs time but lots of fruit to age properly.
Rocca Family Vineyards 2009 Estate Grigsby Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Yountville, Napa Valley, $80.00
469 cases produced
(90)
Female: Red fruit and gingerbread cookie aromatics. Intriguing flavors. Good depth of fruit. Satisfying body. Will age beautifully.
Rocca Family Vineyards 2009 Estate Collinetta Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Coombsville, Napa Valley, $85.00
420 cases produced
(90) BRONZE
 

Female: Inky in the glass. Concentrated chocolate, steeped black tea and menthol at first. Concentrated cassis flavors on opening - toasty black fruit kissed by vanilla mid-palate. Good depth and big finish.
Rocca Family Vineyards 2009 Estate Cabernet Blend
Napa Valley, $50.00
641 cases produced
(90) RED
 

Female: Forest floor aromas arise from the glass. As the wine opens, black raspberry comes through moving to black cherry on the soft opening. Great body. Bold but smooth.
Rodney Strong Vineyards 2009 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley, $45.00
4121 cases produced
(90)
Female: Black and dense in the glass. Nice cherry pie filling flavors on the palate showing bittersweet cocoa on the finish.
Rodney Strong Vineyards 2008 Rockaway, Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley, $75.00
1757 cases produced
(90) YELLOW
 

Female: Sweet concentrated berry aromas hold firm and focused and replicate on the palate. Dense sweet fruit accented with vanilla from start to finish.
Rodrigue Molyneaux 2009 Reserve, Estate Rodrigue Molyneaux Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Livermore Valley, $45.00
125 cases produced
(90) LILAC
 

Female: Floral notes and sour cherry aromas arise from the glass. Warm and pretty red fruit with mouthwatering sour fruit back notes. Nice baking spice on the finish.
Shannon Ridge 2010 High Elevation Cabernet Sauvignon
Lake County, $22.99
14850 cases produced
(90) BURGUNDY
 

Female: Copiously fruited nose yet surprisingly light on its feet. Dense berry compote and generous vanilla aromas. Smoke, chocolate, coffee, black plum, and soy show as the wine opens. The fruit flavors are abundant with nice acid. Good structure. Delicious!
Shingleback The Davey Estate 2010 Davey Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
McLaren Vale, $22.00
5000 cases produced
(90) TURQUOISE
 

Female: Blackberry cherry and touch of blueberry with a very interesting floral note on the nose. The fruit is expressive and not killed by oak. Moderate tannins. Not an overly serious wine but great to drink and enjoy!
Signorello 2010 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $90.00
1025 cases produced
(90) LIME GREEN
 

Female: Earth, mushroom and ollalieberry aromas. Cherry and tart cherry flavors. Lean and minerally style. Lively acidity on the lifted finish.
Sol Rouge 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $75.00
360 cases produced
(90)
Female: The nose is very tight at first. With aeration, the aromas begin to open showing slight forest notes and lean black fruit with a touch of sour cherry just before tasting. The palate is juicy with a chalky mouth feel. The wine is delicious!
THE GRADE 2009 Estate Winfield Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley (Calistoga District), $80.00
265 cases produced
(90)
Female: Black currant, vanilla and mint aromas lead to the soft and approachable opening. Judicious use of oak around the cassis core. Well balanced with a good finish.
Trim Wine 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
California, $11.99
9994 cases produced
(90)
Female: Cherry and black cherry aromas. Red fruit on the palate. Lush sour cherry on the finish. Nice acid! Easy to drink and enjoy.
Venteux Vineyards 2009 Starr Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $48.00
235 cases produced
(90) TAN
 

Female: Blackberry and plum aromas replicate on the palate. The core of dark fruit is deftly surrounded by judicious oak. Big, layered and balanced.

heartheartheart = An Affair to Remember = Silver Medal

Angeline 2011 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma County, $18.00
6000 cases produced
(89)
Female: Black fruit with a greenhouse note on the nose. Cherry cough drops and vanilla splash alongside and repeat on the palate with a eucalyptus nose showing through.
Cass Winery 2009 Cass Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $45.00
840 cases produced
(89) WHITE
 

Female: Black cherry, smoke, mint, cocoa, and earth aromas lead to dried fruit flavors with back notes of leather and green olives, pleasantly herbal. All combine nicely in this balanced wine. The overall earthy characteristics linger on the finish.
Deerfield 2006 DRX Cabernet Blend
Sonoma County, $85.00
275 cases produced
(89)
Female: a touch of cost and a touch of Cough syrup on the nose opening to sour cherry notes. The palate mirrors the nose with added tannin notes. Tobacco on the finish. Balanced. Young but will evolve nicely.
Edge 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
North Coast, $20.00
18487 cases produced
(89) KHAKI
 

Female: Cooked fruit and cinnamon aromas. Dark fruit flavors with vanilla and coconut accents. A manly wine!
Judd's Hill Winery 2008 Single Vineyard Kairos Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $60.00
120 cases produced
(89)
Female: Aromas of lavender, red and black fruit and a hint of vanilla. Dark fruit on entry opening to cola notes mid and earth notes on the finish. Nice wine!
Mirassou 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
California, $12.00
127800 cases produced
(89)
Female: Herbal and floral notes meld with blackberries, cherries and subtle spice. Easy to quaff. Lively and balanced through the cherry finish.
Muscardini Cellars 2009 Madrone Ridge Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma Valley, $39.00
217 cases produced
(89) CORAL
 

Female: The red fruit nose has dried herbs and some dustiness. Blackberry with smoky notes throughout.
Sol Rouge 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
Lake County, $32.00
350 cases produced
(89) AQUA MARINE
 

Female: Dusty, forest berries, deep and dark fruit on the nose and in the mouth. Intense structure with earthy notes weaving throughout. Leans to Old World style. Nice tannins.
The Winery SF 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
North Coast, $24.99
750 cases produced
(89)
Female: Juicy black fruit aromas and flavors. Nice oak treatment. Lush finish. Easy to drink.
The Winery SF 2008 Beatty Ranch Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $150.00
100 cases produced
(89) GUNMETAL
 

Female: A serious quiet fireside wine with tangy red cherry, anise, soft cocoa, and soy aromas that replicate on the palate. Evolves in deeper versions through the long finish.
Twisted Sisters 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $20.00
1075 cases produced
(89)
Female: Fruit focused aromas. The palate is dense showing cherry and berry flavors with full on tannins. Licorice notes and spice are showcased mid-palate through the juicy fruit finish.
Vinoce 2009 Solar Hill Cabernet Sauvignon
Mt Veeder, $75.00
200 cases produced
(89)
Female: Chocolate and cherries on the nose and the palate. Big and fruity opening through mid-palate. The wine tightens a bit through the long finish.
Calcareous Vineyard 2008 Lloyd of Calcareous Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $56.00
390 cases produced
(88)
Female: Lovely aromas of cherry, plum, a hint of baking spice, toasty notes, and caramel. Integrated and smooth in the mouth. Very nice.
Cuda Ridge Wines 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Livermore Valley, $34.00
144 cases produced
(88)
Female: Lots of layers. Cassis, molasses, and herb aromatics. Fruit forward on the palate. Spicy elements on the finish. Soft tannins too.
Deerfield 2006 Rancho Salina Cabernet Blend
Sonoma Valley, $75.00
485 cases produced
(88)
Female: Brown baking spices in the glass. Ripe cherry with cinnamon notes on the palate. Vanillan notes on the big finish.
Eberle 2010 Vineyard Selection Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $20.00
4568 cases produced
(88)
Female: Elusive aromatics opening to subtle black fruit and light toast on aeration. Dark black fruit, black raspberry and Cocoa on the palate. The finish is lean. Nice wine.
Fernwood Cellars 2009 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Santa Cruz Mountains, $40.00
420 cases produced
(88)
Female: Cranberry and cherry flavors. Quite pretty and lush. The wine is light overall. A sipper.
Martin Ray Winery 2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $30.00
1200 cases produced
(88)
Female: Raspberry and cherry aromas repeat on the palate with interesting ripe Italian plum and espresso notes. Lovely finish.
Orsianna 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
Mendocino, $19.95
1200 cases produced
(88)
Female: Sweet cherry pie aromas open to sweet and then sour cherry flavors. Easy to drink with appropriate tannins on the finish.
Rodney Strong Vineyards 2010 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley, $28.00
37000 cases produced
(88)
Female: Red and black fruit, baking spices, mocha, and anise aromas. Really nice in the mouth. Still a bit tight. Needs time.
Rodney Strong Vineyards 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma County, $18.00
280000 cases produced
(88)
Female: Cherry and milk chocolate aromas. Juicy sour cherry flavors. Well mannered tannins kick in on the finish. Nice acidity. Well balanced.
Vigilance Vineyards 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Red Hills, Lake County, $24.99
15000 cases produced
(88)
Female: Very subtle yet complex aromatics. Nicely proportioned palate. Well structured.
Ciccone 2011 Estate Cabernet Franc
Leelanau, $17.95
160 cases produced
(87)
Female: The nose shows spice and barnyard notes. The palate is juicier than expected with raspberry and boysenberry flavors. Light cranberry notes on the finish. Nice acidity.
Lucas & Lewellen 2008 Valley View Vineyard Cabernet Franc
Santa Barbara County, $26.00
600 cases produced
(87)
Female: Cedar, cranberry and violet aromas peek through the tight nose. Cranberry and tobacco notes on the palate. Good representation of Cabernet Franc.
The Winery SF 2008 Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $150.00
100 cases produced
(87)
Female: Blackberry, black cherry, a touch of mocha, and menthol emanate from the glass. Menthol comes through on the palate, tobacco and coffee on the finish. Nice acidity. This is just a baby - give it time.
Frei Brothers Reserve 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley, $27.00
36400 cases produced
(86)
Female: Damp forest floor aromas with some black fruit and rose petal notes on aeration. Luscious and rich in the mouth. Really nice!
Martin Ray Winery 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma County, $20.00
7500 cases produced
(86)
Female: Barnyard and menthol notes. The tannins are quite aggressive. There is fruit as the wine opens but the tannins are still dominant. Needs time. I would like to taste this again in 6-8 months.
The Naked Grape Cabernet Sauvignon
California, $12.00
84000 cases produced
(86)
Female: Grape jam aromas. Candied fruit. Simple and easy to drink.
Twenty Rows 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $20.00
7000 cases produced
(86)
Female: Elusive nose of light red fruit and cedar. Very tightly wound. Needs time!
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