8th Cabernet Shootout Results
Scores: Men Judges

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

Rocca Family Vineyards 2010 Estate Collinetta Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Coombsville, $85.00
189 cases produced
(96) TURQUOISE
Male: Inky blue/black dense color. An attractive nose of blackberry and chocolate. "Love the depth and complexity of the aromatics." Very nice in the mouth showing berries and chocolate. Wonderfully balanced. Seamless. Long finish. Ageworthy! "A really fantastic Cab," wrote one of our winemakers on the judging panel.
3 Steves Winery 2011 Cabernet Franc
Cienega Valley, $35.00
74 cases produced
(94)
Male: Dark garnet in color. Rich black cherry, pomegranate and spice aromatic. Zesty black fruit with great balance and structure. An exceptional wine.
Deerfield Ranch 2008 Cabernet Franc
Sonoma Valley, $58.00
210 cases produced
(94) MAGENTA
Male: Cocoa and coffee is wrapped around lush black fruit on the nose and well formed palate. Sleek wine. Tons of spice on the elegant, balanced finish. Extremely well made.
Estate 1856 2011 Bordeaux Blend
Sonoma County, $38.00
105 cases produced
(93) BURGUNDY
Male: Punch of fruit with an herbal left hook. Black cherry, cola, olive, and iodine aromatics with a slight smoky undertone. Big tannins and deep fruit intensity on the palate. Black plum and bitter chocolate flavors with an intense but well balanced blend of tannin and acidity. Lingering cola, coffee and toffee on the nice long finish.
Barnard Griffin Winery 2009 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Columbia Valley, $40.00
190 cases produced
(92)
Male: Intoxicating chocolate pie aromas with cinnamon and graham cracker notes. Rich and concentrated on the palate showing lots of red and black fruit with the added layers of chocolate and spice. Yummy!
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.
Cass Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $45.00
900 cases produced
(92) GUNMETAL
Male: Warm sugar cookies, black cherries and a touch of forest floor on the nose. Full bodied bright fruit flavors showing intense red currant with lovely spice notes and tart acidity on the long finish. The oak, while apparent, is balanced by lush fruit. Excellent potential to age for another decade.
Chateau Margene 2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $68.00
352 cases produced
(92) COBALT
Male: Refined nose of raspberry compote and vanilla. Gorgeous blueberry palate on entry. Complex layers evolve showing blackberry, plum, fresh herbs, cocoa, and vanilla. Soft chewy tannins with tart acidity on the finish. Top notch!
En Garde 2009 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley, $98.00
130 cases produced
(92)
Male: Complex aromas of cherry, black cherry, spice, some earth elements, and some Old World bottle development. Even though there is extended barrel time, the aromatics are still bright and fresh. The palate is beautifully developed. The range of flavors covers all parts of the palate with black fruit and soft evolving tannins. Long satisfying finish that goes fresh and bright from the nice acidity.
Gallo Signature Series 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $40.00
4592 cases produced
(92) DARK GREEN
Male: Inky red ruby in color. Nose of vanilla, cedar and red fruit. Integrated fruit and tannins wrapped around sweet red cherries with cedar and cigar box on the long finish. A very nice wine. Serve with a medium rare Filet Mignon.
Laurel Glen 2010 The Laureate Laurel Glen Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma Mountain, $85.00
90 cases produced
(92)
Male: Dusty concentrated sour cherry, red currant and raspberry aromas. Immediately appealing. The palate initially mirrors the nose, then expands into a truly STUNNING back palate of never ending candy-fruit layers.
Rocca Family Vineyards 2010 Grigsby Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Yountville, $85.00
680 cases produced
(92) PUMPKIN
Male: Dark brick in color. Nice refined classic nose showing raspberry and cream with black cherry and pepper. Big, smooth, cool mouth entry. Lush long palate with great structure and body.
William Hill Estate 2010 Bench Blend Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $45.00
1580 cases produced
(92)
Male: Licorice, cassis, kir, caramelized butterscotch, berry, and subtle herb notes on the nose. Cassis and raspberry. Viscous herb mid-palate leads into deep fruit, acid and wonderful oak integration. Finishes beautifully. One of our winemaker judges loved this wine!
BOYANCI 2010 Stagecoach Vineyards Cabernet Blend
Napa Valley, $110.00
200 cases produced
(91) GOLD
Male: The nose shows a lean Bordeaux-style with graphite, mineral, a hint of dried herbs, and tobacco opening to dark brooding fruit. The palate is dense and dark. Sweet vanilla, creme brulee and pure dark fruit. Earth, cocoa and dark fruit with underlying tannin on the finish. Big and intense! Lots of wonderful concentration.
Cameron Hughes 2011 Lot 418 Cabernet Sauvignon
Oakville, $25.00
450 cases produced
(91) LIGHT PINK
Male: Very deep color. Cassis, plum, blackberry, charred green pepper, and butter on the complex nose. Dusty plum and currant entry with dried herbs mid. Moves into a juicy, fruity finish with nice acids and fine tannins.
Clif Family Winery 2010 Kit's Killer Cab Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $50.00
500 cases produced
(91) LILAC
Male: Vanilla, black currant, burnt sugar, chocolate, and smoked meat aromas. Lovely layers of flavor. Solid defined fruit over the mid-palate. Complex and elegant.
Cliff Creek Cellars 2008 Estate Grown Claret Sams Valley Vineyard
Southern Oregon, $25.00
652 cases produced
(91)
Male: Raspberry and chocolate aromas with deep woodsy undertones. Nice in the mouth with broad black cherry fruit and powdered cocoa notes. Beautifully balanced. Well done!
Ecluse Wines 2010 Reserve Lock Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $69.00
120 cases produced
(91)
Male: Dark chocolate and cherry aromas with added plum and brown spice notes. Vibrant acid shows through. The palate dances with fruit and lovely spice.
Ecluse Wines 2011 Ensemble Cabernet Blend
Paso Robles, $42.00
275 cases produced
(91) CHARTREUSE
Male: Nice shiny garnet color. Ripe nose full of raspberry and chocolate. Very round on the palate with great texture and creaminess. "I really like that the oak isn't overbearing." Nice berries and mocha finish. Great balance.
En Garde 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley, $78.00
130 cases produced
(91)
Male: Nose of richness (cassis and cedar) and great depth. The palate is consistent with some unexpected light barnyard and dry grass adding to the flavor profile.
Estate 1856 2011 Barrel Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma County, $42.00
55 cases produced
(91) WHITE
Male: Lovely, classic nose which needs a little coaxing at first but is definitely worth the wait. Very smooth, lovely and balanced in the mouth. Just enough tannin. It's very harmonious and invites another taste, which is just as wonderful as the previous ones.
J. Rickards Winery 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley, $38.00
347 cases produced
(91) HOT PINK
Male: Layered nose displaying blackberry, black currant, cedar, pencil shavings, cinnamon, cloves, and light earth notes. This wine shows vibrant acidity, great balance and soft tannins yet it has a firm structure. Extraordinarily aromatic finish that lingers and lingers.
Laurel Glen 2011 Counterpoint Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma Mountain, $30.00
1546 cases produced
(91)
Male: The nose is reticent at first but opens to candied cherry aromas. The palate is lovely and inviting. This is a pretty wine! Bold black fruit on the palate. Lovely finish!
Louer 2011 Louer Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
St. Helena, $35.00
500 cases produced
(91) RED
Male: Dark red garnet in color. Berry, cola and spice on the nose opening to raspberry and cranberry flavors leading to a delicious mid-palate displaying chocolate covered cherry flavors. This is a young wine with lots of potential. Acid and oak are balanced and the fruit is well integrated.
Louis M. Martini 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley, $30.00
21942 cases produced
(91)
Male: Nice dark, thick blue/red ruby color. Sweet blueberry pie on entry. Cassis and cedar with a subtle currant and herb edge through the mid-palate. Finishes with notes of sweet blackberry and cassis. Nice acid and wood integration.
PEJU 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $50.00
8500 cases produced
(91)
Male: Bright red berry, cranberry, dried oregano, marjoram, cassis, and an earthy note on the nose. Cranberry, cherry and dried herb entry through the mid-palate. Creamy fruit shows on the smooth finish with a lot of fine tannins.
Penman Springs Vineyard 2009 Reserve Penman Springs Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $35.00
146 cases produced
(91) BLUE
Male: Blackberries, coffee and chocolate aromas. Loads of blackberry and cherry fruit with good acid and tannin balance. Juicy and enjoyable with a long finish showing leather and earth.
Roberts + Rogers 2011 Los Posadas Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Howell Mountain, $70.00
600 cases produced
(91)
Male: Deep, pretty ruby garnet color. Good legs. The nose is intriguing, balanced and complex showing berries, earth, spice, and brioche. A really elegant mouthfeel with penetrating flavors and silky tannins. Lively acids on the finish. Structured and balanced. Nice wine!
Timark Wines 2010 Rafael Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Oak Knoll, $65.00
25 cases produced
(91) GREEN
Male: Inky garnet red. Quiet nose of leather and cassis. Solid red currant palate with ample linear expansive mouthfeel. Good finish. Textbook structure, nose and palate.
Wente Vineyards 2011 Small Lot Cabernet Franc
Livermore Valley, $40.00
(91)
Male: Deep ruby-garnet color. Classic Cabernet Franc. Blackberry-blueberry from the nose through the finish. Fresh, juicy. Perfect structure and balance. Silky smooth texture. Gentle use of oak.
William Hill Estate 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $40.00
6874 cases produced
(91) BEIGE
Male: Rich blackberry, cedar and coffee aromatics. The richly layered palate screams drink me! The palate reflects the nose with the addition of vanilla. Firm, balanced finish. Well done!
Artiste Winery Chaise Bleue Cabernet Blend
Santa Barbara County, $38.00
208 cases produced
(90) LIGHT YELLOW
Male: Dark, inky garnet color. Fore taste of clean Cabernet Franc fruit. The mid-palate shows black fruit, cedar and molasses. Nicely balanced and smooth across the palate. Long finish of cassis and oak. Nice tannins. Perfect for prime rib.
AuburnJames 2009 Artist Series Meritage
Napa Valley, $85.00
253 cases produced
(90) BLUE GREEN
Male: Thick, dark blood color. Blackberries, black pepper and a light smoky quality on the nose. Intense in the mouth...solid acidity with black cherries and tannins. Quite young. Big cherry fruit finish with lingering dark chocolate and tannins.
AuburnJames 2009 Cabernet Franc
North Coast, $44.00
223 cases produced
(90)
Male: Elevated rich cherry and cassis are primary aromas. Back notes of pomegranate. Richly formed lively palate. Great wine!
AuburnJames 2009 RDH Bella Vista Block 1&4 Cabernet Sauvignon
Calistoga, $90.00
141 cases produced
(90)
Male: The nose is simultaneously delicate and complex. Nuanced, layered and feminine. The palate exhibits cocoa, flowers, black fruit, and spice.
AuburnJames 2009 Meritage
Napa Valley, $55.00
321 cases produced
(90)
Male: Definitive chocolate layered on black raspberry aromas with a touch of cedar box. Generous palate of layered black fruit and cherry with lovely spice notes. Nice!
Barnard Griffin Winery 2009 Partners Reserve Sagemoor Vineyard Cabernet Blend
Columbia Valley, $60.00
180 cases produced
(90)
Male: Pretty in the glass displaying a dark ruby color. Coffee, raspberry and milk chocolate notes with a touch of mint underneath. Fairly strong on the palate with ripe black cherry, white pepper and big acidity. The tannins and acidity are noteworthy but well integrated.
Bonneau 2010 Caton Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma Valley, $48.00
458 cases produced
(90)
Male: Rhubarb with truffle back notes...a most interesting nose. Sumptuous palate. Nice smooth finish.
BOYANCI InSpire ROMAnce 2011 Stagecoach Vineyards Cabernet Franc
Napa, $65.00
70 cases produced
(90) ORCHID
Male: Rich blackberry, cigar box, mocha, chocolate, and cedar on the complex nose. True to varietal with herbal, blackberry and deft oak blend. Firm, balanced finish. Well structured with an evolving palate.
Cameron Hughes 2011 Lot 450 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $27.00
625 cases produced
(90) GRAY
Male: Deep brick/garnet hue. The forward nose shows currant, spices, beets, and graham crackers. "Aha!" Beautiful entry on the palate mirroring the aromas. Firm structure, modest tannin and good acidity with a balanced finish.
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!
Chateau Margene 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $56.00
406 cases produced
(90)
Male: Forward blackberry, black tea and olive aromas. Yummy! Big, complex wine with lots going on. Elegant finish. You must drink this!
Cliff Creek Cellars 2008 Estate Sams Valley Vineyard Cabernet Franc
Southern Oregon, $28.00
185 cases produced
(90) BLACK
Male: Scarlet/garnet in color. Dried herbs, blackberries and blueberries on the nose and palate. Lively palate. Well structured and balanced.
Cliff Creek Cellars 2009 NI Bar Sams Valley Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Southern Oregon, $50.00
78 cases produced
(90)
Male: Beautifully elevated cherry and citrus notes on the nose with gorgeous additional spice upon aerating. The palate explodes with fruit and spice. Excellent varietal definition. Firm structure with lovely tannins.
Cloak & Dagger 2009 The Assassin Ink Grade Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Howell Mountain, Napa, $65.00
75 cases produced
(90)
Male: Violet, berries, cedar, and cola aromas. The palate mirrors the nose, with the addition of leather notes on the elegant finish. Fine acid complements the firm tannins.
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.
En Garde 2011 Ghielmetti Vineyard Cabernet Franc
Livermore Valley, $48.00
25 cases produced
(90) WEDGEWOOD
Male: Dark garnet in color. Fragrant nose of violets, blackberry and oak. The palate is complex, sleek and well formed adding cedar and leather to the aromatic nuances. Linear, balanced finish. Nice food wine.
Enoteca Five 2011 Silvaspoons Vineyards Cabernet Franc
Lodi, $28.00
100 cases produced
(90) LIGHT BLUE
Male: Dramatic barnyard and old world nose. The palate is alive with fruit, spice, and white pepper. Excellent Euro-style rendition.
Field Stone Winery 2010 Wally's Block Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley, $30.00
243 cases produced
(90) DUSTY ROSE
Male: The nose is deep and brooding showing smoky cherry and black pepper with intense blackberry fruit and peppery tannins. It's a mouthful! Huge, youthful tannins but the big fruit will carry this to maturity. Lay this baby down.
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.
Frei Brothers Reserve 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley, $27.00
51700 cases produced
(90)
Male: Aromas of chocolate covered raspberries define the unique nose. Chocolate, black cherry and spicy oak on the palate. Well-balanced. Good acidity on the long finish.
Harris Tesla 2006 Estate Reserve Harris Tesla Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Livermore Valley, $25.00
180 cases produced
(90)
Male: Well-developed aromatics of barrel notes and black fruit. Bright red cherry, cassis, plum, and herb notes on the palate. Finishes bright and alive.
Jamieson Ranch 2011 Double Lariat Limited Production Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $50.00
3000 cases produced
(90) PERIWINKLE
Male: Unique nose of black fruit and cotton candy… Scrumptious! Big and chewy mouthfeel. Cherry and blackberry fruit, finishing with a good dose of dusty tannins. Nice balance.
Louis M. Martini 2010 Lot 1 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $145.00
95 cases produced
(90)
Male: Vanilla cookies and raspberry jam on the sweet, lovely nose. Chocolate is added on the palate. Balanced mouthfeel with nice acid. Every component is well presented.
Lucas & Lewellen 2010 Valley View Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
Santa Barbara County, $27.00
1014 cases produced
(90) TEAL
Male: Vinous nose of red currant, raspberry, kir, dried herbs, and dried leaves that are interwoven nicely. Lovely currant, berry and dried herb entry. The chocolate, herb and berry mid moves into a focused finish of tobacco, berry and bell pepper. Subtle acid and nice tannins.
Lucas & Lewellen 2009 CLONE 6 Cabernet Sauvignon
Santa Barbara County, $48.00
169 cases produced
(90)
Male: Blueberry, dark currant and rhubarb aromas. The palate is sensual... concentrated red and black fruit with a bold finish. Good integration of flavors and tannin.
McGrail Vineyards 2010 Reserve McGrail Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
Livermore Valley, $39.00
1683 cases produced
(90)
Male: Inky in the glass. Dark chocolate, berry and cola aromas. Opulent and focused black cherry and currant palate with lovely filling mouthfeel, medium tannins and good acids on the finish.
Penman Springs Vineyard 2010 Artisan Cuvee Penman Springs Vineyard Meritage
Paso Robles, $25.00
245 cases produced
(90)
Male: Delicately perfumed aromatics cranberry, mint and cedar. Precise entry of cherry and black cherry which expands on the palate. Leather and cedar on the finish.
R&B Cellars 2008 Reserve Bingham Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $50.00
500 cases produced
(90)
Male: Ripe black cherry aromas. Dark and intense berries and black pepper on the palate. Nice acid on the finish.
Shingleback 2011 Davey Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
McLaren Vale, $23.00
2500 cases produced
(90)
Male: Blackberry and savory herbs with some light chocolate showing in the nose. Sweet fruit, soft tannins and balanced acidity. Big finish showing cassis, cherry, herbs, and nicely integrated tannins.
Sol Rouge 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Lake County, $32.00
150 cases produced
(90) AQUA
Male: Very nicely structured aromatics showing floral and berry notes with cassis, cedar, tea, leather, earth, and coffee layers. Restrained and sophisticated. The flavors explode on the palate with fruit, spice and dusty tannins.
Summerhill Pyramid Winery 2010 Osoyoos Vineyard Cabernet Blend
Okanagan Valley, $30.00
(90)
Male: Deep cassis and spice aromas with a nice mintiness. "Possibly Alexander Valley." Fairly big and structured. Black currant fruit with cherry/chocolate layers. Finishes with solid acidity and lingering dusty cherry flavors.
The Steven Kent Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Livermore Valley, $48.00
930 cases produced
(90) YELLOW
Male: Excellent structure on this wine. Tannins are soft making this very elegant. Cherry at the core with a bit of green olive and a hint of dusty earth.
The Winery San Francisco 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $45.00
250 cases produced
(90) TAN
Male: Mocha and blackberry aromas. Generous in the mouth - round and supple. Currants and black pepper with juicy acids and fine tannins. Nice wine.
Wente Vineyards 2011 The Nth Degree Cabernet Sauvignon
Livermore Valley, $80.00
(90)
Male: Inky dark purple in color. Aromatics of cherry pie, licorice, cassis, and dried herbs. The palate replicates the nose nicely with currant and berry flavors on entry and dried herbs mid-palate leading to a long finish showing nice acidity and fine tannins.
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.
Whalebone Winery 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $35.00
800 cases produced
(90)
Male: Aromas of black cherries with prominent leaf and herb notes. Black cherry and savory herbs on the palate with light tannins. "I find the Provencal character in the aroma is very attractive and the overall elegance of the wine is very appealing."
Whalebone Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $35.00
800 cases produced
(90)
Male: A shy Cabernet nose opens to a dense palate of cola, dark fruit and good oak integration. Good grip. Well balanced.

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BOYANCI InSpire 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $60.00
230 cases produced
(89) ORANGE
Male: Black fruit with lots of oak on the nose and in the mouth. Rich on entry and shows nice flavors throughout. Lots of young tannins here. Needs time, but will age well.
Cameron Hughes 2011 Lot 451 Cabernet Sauvignon
Coombsville, $27.00
375 cases produced
(89)
Male: Black fruit and floral notes on the nose. Rich black fruit with black olive accents on entry through mid. Deft use of oak. Chocolate on the long finish.
Cameron Hughes 2011 Lot 500 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $29.00
3000 cases produced
(89)
Male: Pretty toasty aromas showing dark fruit and coffee notes. Nice texture. Grippy Cabernet tannins. Nice structure. Decant before drinking for full enjoyment.
Davis Family Vineyards 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma County, $60.00
700 cases produced
(89)
Male: The aromas are elegant and powerful but finessed with a lovely smoky note. Jammy but controlled on the palate. Round and lovely in the mouth. Finishes big but with precision.
Deerfield Ranch 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma County, $38.00
600 cases produced
(89)
Male: Aromas of berry with coffee and mocha. Black cherries, cream, cola, and black tea in the mouth with a nice burst of acid on the finish.
Eberle 2010 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $34.00
1971 cases produced
(89)
Male: Rich nose of cassis, cedar and earth. Fruit forward. Blackberry explodes on entry. Cedar and herbs enhance the fruit profile. Balanced - consistent from nose to palate to finish.
Ghost Pines 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa/Sonoma/Lake, $23.00
22500 cases produced
(89)
Male: Cassis aroma. Supple tannins. Excellent balance. Subtle complexity on the palate with earth, bitter chocolate, black fruit, and brown spices. Long finish.
Louis M. Martini 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $34.00
91900 cases produced
(89)
Male: Red and black currants, plum, oak, and vanilla aromas. The fruit repeats on entry with vanilla and oak on the finish. Complex and well structured.
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!
Sol Rouge 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $75.00
150 cases produced
(89)
Male: Very dark in the glass. Aromas of tobacco, cigar box, black cherry with some vegetal tones. Soft but big in the mouth at the same time. Juicy textured finish.
The Steven Kent Winery 2010 Home Ranch Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Livermore Valley, $65.00
189 cases produced
(89) DENIM
Male: Berries and toffee aromas. Loads of sweet fruit in the mouth...cherry pie flavors with crisp acidity and light tannins. Well made and enjoyable. A lighter style.
AuburnJames 2010 Reverence Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon
Coombsville, $90.00
211 cases produced
(88)
Male: Forward nose of cassis, mushroom, tobacco, and leather. The palate mirrors the nose. Big and thick texture. Coats the tongue. Needs time… it's just a baby.
Cameron Hughes 2011 Lot 385 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $28.00
3750 cases produced
(88)
Male: Complex aromas of dark fruit, cranberry, savory herbs, roasted meats, and a touch of sweet oak. Nicely layered palate on the leaner side. Finishes with uplifting acidity. Great food wine.
Deerfield Ranch 2006 Reserve Los Chamizal Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma Valley, $65.00
175 cases produced
(88)
Male: Aromatics of cassis and black pepper with cherry and a touch of forest floor. The palate is well-built with restrained fruit and tannins.
Four Sisters Ranch 2010 Serena's Vineyard Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $24.00
2000 cases produced
(88)
Male: Barnyard, leather, cherry, and green olive aromas. Pretty straightforward Cabernet Sauvignon flavors. Light to medium bodied.
Kick Butt Cab 2010 Kick Butt Cab Newsom Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Texas High Plains, $25.00
900 cases produced
(88)
Male: The nose is layered showing roasted savory meats, black fruit, round warm barrel notes, spice, and light black pepper. Generous palate up front finishes with an appealing leanness and well-placed acidity. Well-made. Fruit on the palate could develop further which would add even more dimension to this wine.
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.
Pendleton Estate 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley, $49.00
100 cases produced
(88)
Male: Violet, berries and sweet oak on the nose. Seamless palate with orange peel added to the nose nuances. Firm tannins on the finish.
Prizm Winery 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $60.00
175 cases produced
(88)
Male: Blackberry, oak and earth on the nose. A classic, balanced Cabernet. Nice finish.
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.
The Winery San Francisco 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
North Coast, $24.99
750 cases produced
(88)
Male: Bold and brawny in the glass. Dark fruit aromas with a gorgeous licorice component. Zesty fruit on the palate leads to a powerful and worthy 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.
Deerfield Ranch 2005 Trio Vineyard Meritage
Napa, $75.00
700 cases produced
(87)
Male: Lovely black fruit aromas with nutmeg, violets and coffee. Mixed red fruit flavors on entry with rhubarb coming on strong mid- and leather on the finish. Great acidity.
Ecluse Wines 2011 Lock Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $38.00
295 cases produced
(87)
Male: Cassis, clove, barnyard, and tobacco aromatics. The palate replicates the aromas. Nicely balanced wine.
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.
Guglielmo 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Santa Clara Valley, $25.00
460 cases produced
(87)
Male: Juniper, blackberry and leather on the nose. Blackberry, oak and coffee on the palate from start to 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.
Lucas & Lewellen 2009 Estate Valley View Vineyard Cabernet Franc
Santa Barbara County, $26.00
211 cases produced
(87)
Male: Berries show from start to finish. The wine is a bit shy at first but shows vibrant fruit on the finish with mineral and dried cranberry notes.
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.
The Steven Kent Winery 2010 Folkendt Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Livermore Valley, $65.00
143 cases produced
(87)
Male: Dusty dark fruit aromas with tobacco, mushroom and tea leaves. Lovely round dark fruit over the mid-palate. The finish is a bit tannic.
Triumph Cellars 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
St. Helena, $25.00
4000 cases produced
(87)
Male: Menthol and licorice with rich, dark black cherry on the nose. Sweet fruit on the palate showing a nice texture and tight 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.
Texas Hills Vineyard 2010 Newsom Vineyard Cabernet Franc
Texas High Plains, $25.00
1247 cases produced
(86)
Male: Strong oak aromas almost overpower the dark berry and orange peel on the nose. With aeration, the fruit elements come through. Eucalyptus, sweet oak, blackberry, orange peel, and celery notes on the palate. Balanced finish.
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.

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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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