8th Cabernet Shootout Results
Scores: Men Judges Bang for your Buck

8th 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

Bridlewood Estate 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $15.00
33200 cases produced
(92) PEACH
Male: Blackberry with dried herbs (thyme and marjoram) at first then opening to milk chocolate, cola and black cherry. A vibrant wine. Instant coffee and cherry on the finish, which seems to go on forever. This promises to age well.
Cannonball Wine Company 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
California, $14.99
10000 cases produced
(90)
Male: Olives and blackberry aromas. Ripe, round and luscious in the mouth displaying sweet blackberries. Great acidity and the right kind of tannins make this a mouthwatering wine. Great structure, clean finish full of cedar and chocolate. Dee-lish!
Carnivor 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
California, $11.99
33800 cases produced
(90)
Male: Super saturated ruby color. Rich and complex with a supple structure. Ripe fruit flavors with burnt chocolate and nice tannins on the finish. Nicely restrained in a truly finessed style. This will evolve beautifully! Wow!
Darkhorse 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
California, $8.99
50000 cases produced
(90)
Male: Visually and aromatically… it's precisely what I love in Petite Sirah. Coffee grounds galore! Then blueberry preserves, yum! Much more delicate and feminine in the mouth in a layered sense with a sublime blueberry/coffee finish plus chocolate, chocolate, chocolate! It is Cabernet Sauvignon, after all.
Eberle 2011 Vineyard Selection Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $20.00
3321 cases produced
(90)
Male: Subtle smooth red berry, red plum, dried Italian herbs, and creamy oak notes on the edge of the nose. Balanced entry of red raspberry and red plum. Mouthfilling flavors move into a smooth mid-palate with the addition of chocolate notes. Refined finish of all of the components. Fine, silky tannins.
Field Stone Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley, $18.99
1348 cases produced
(90) DUSTY ROSE
Male: A very pretty wine, well balanced and generous. Plenty of oak evident in the vanilla overtones, balanced by enough fruit that comes across as a melange of blackberry and plum. Chalky tannins, Good potential for cellaring.
Wente Vineyards 2011 Southern Hills Cabernet Sauvignon
Livermore Valley, $18.00
(90)
Male: Cocoa powder, black cherry, coriander, mushroom, and a hint of allspice create a beautiful aromatic profile. The palate is leaner than expected but the red and black fruit are inviting and charming. Nice acidity and evolving finish. Great wine to enjoy with red sauced Italian dishes.

heartheartheart = An Affair to Remember = Silver Medal

Penman Springs Vineyard 2010 Old Block Penman Springs Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $17.00
329 cases produced
(89)
Male: Definitive old world nose of earth and fruit. Delicious fruit flavor profile. Well done!
Orsianna 2009 Orsi Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
Mendocino, $19.95
1500 cases produced
(88)
Male: Rich nose of cassis, herbs, mint, graham cracker crust, and cedar. The aromas are replicated on the palate, with the addition of orange peel. Medium bodied with soft tannins.
The Naked Grape Cabernet Sauvignon
California, $7.99
84000 cases produced
(88)
Male: Soft in appearance and in aromas. Lavender and cassis on entry. Deft touch of oak surrounds the fruit core. Soft texture the balanced finish.
Weibel Family 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Redwood Valley, $18.95
200 cases produced
(88)
Male: Low pitched nose of dried cherry, blue fruit and earthy aromas. Cherry and vanilla with dried herbal accents on the palate and in the finish very long finish. Soft tannins, firm structure. Good potential.
Barefoot Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon
California, $6.99
362000 cases produced
(87)
Male: Strawberry aromas carry onto the palate with cocoa and soy flavors. Well-balanced. Lots of fruit over the mid-palate with a modest flavorful finish.
entwine 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
California, $12.99
(87)
Male: Black cherry, light cassis, savory mushrooms, and herb aromas. Bright red cherry with light spice. Acids elevate finish.
Louis M. Martini 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma County, $18.00
303800 cases produced
(87)
Male: Faint aromas of tar and bark. Pretty and focused blackberry palate with touches of lavender. Nice components.
Mirassou Sun 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
California, $12.00
70500 cases produced
(87)
Male: Bold color and aromatic intensity showing plum and cigar box and a hint of mint. Wonderful restraint on the palate with soft tannins on the finish.
Grady Family Vineyards 2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Lodi, $18.00
166 cases produced
(86)
Male: Cherry and clove aromas. Light body. Silky and elegant in the mouth. Cherry and clove profile from nose to finish.
Redwood Creek Cabernet Sauvignon
California, $8.00
232725 cases produced
(86)
Male: Faint coffee grounds, chocolate, blueberry, and cedar notes on the nose. Cool and smooth on the palate. Not an expensive wine, but lovely and easy to drink.
TRE 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Central Coast, $11.99
622 cases produced
(86)
Male: Blackberry jam, toasted oak and vanilla aromatics. A youthful wine. Cherry flavors with a touch of mint and pomegranate on the finish. Good structure. The finish lingers.

heartheart = Will Provide Fond Memories = Bronze Medal

Shenanigans Fine Irish Cab 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Lodi, $15.00
300 cases produced
(85)
Male: Dark, inky purple in color. Nose of cedar, leather and red currant. Raspberry and chocolate flavors mid-palate with bay leaf and red berry on the finish.
Liberty Creek Cabernet Sauvignon
California, $6.99
(84)
Male: Pretty youthful aromatics of cherry and oak. Light in color. Sweet on entry and throughout the palate. A sipper.
Carlo Rossi Cabernet Sauvignon
California, $6.99
(83)
Male: Light cherry aroma with an attractive mid-palate of cherry and spice. Simple and easy to drink.
Park Avenue 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
55% Mendocino County, 45% Napa Valley, $19.99
400 cases produced
(83)
Male: Fruit forward nose with berries and some stemmy back notes. Simple fruit on the palate. Youthful.
Turning Leaf Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
California, $8.00
227720 cases produced
(82)
Male: Youthful nose showing caramel and raspberry jam. Rhubarb and plum on the palate. Simple and easy to drink.
Tisdale Cabernet Sauvignon
California, $4.99
(80)
Male: Light in color. A touch of cloves on the nose. Sweet red fruit on the palate. Drinkable.
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