8th Cabernet Shootout Results
Scores: Women 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

Artiste Winery Chaise Bleue Cabernet Blend
Santa Barbara County, $38.00
208 cases produced
(96) LIGHT YELLOW
Female: Red fruit and herbal notes on the nose. "Yum!" Black cherry at the core with accents of black plums, green pepper, vanilla bean, and dried herbs. Well integrated with nice oak notes. Lots of acid on the finish. Makes you want another sip. Great with red sauce.
Louer 2011 Louer Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
St. Helena, $35.00
500 cases produced
(95) RED
Female: Sweet oak notes arise from the glass introducing the vibrant nose of blueberry, blackberry and oodles of savory spice. Candied berry and ripe cherry splashed with vanilla extract coat the palate, pie spice accents add depth. Great structure and length. Delicious!
Lucas & Lewellen 2010 Valley View Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
Santa Barbara County, $27.00
1014 cases produced
(93) TEAL
Female: Deeply hued. Intriguing nose with an earthy edge that opens to black raspberry and plum on the nose and is joined on the palate by cassis and herbs. Nicely made. Beautiful acidity. Meant to be enjoyed with food.
AuburnJames 2009 Cabernet Franc
North Coast, $44.00
223 cases produced
(92)
Female: Deep black/red in color. Intense extracted fruit aroma of plum, black raspberry, vanilla, cedar, and eucalyptus. Bramble and blackberry at the core of the long and vibrant palate. Oak use is deft. High tannins leave cigar box elements on the finish. Lay this baby down to be rewarded. It will be stunning in another year or two.
Deerfield Ranch 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma County, $38.00
600 cases produced
(92)
Female: The enticing woodsy, savory aroma is mirrored on the palate. Black cherry, red plums and spice persist through the lengthy finish. Wow! What balance!
En Garde 2011 Ghielmetti Vineyard Cabernet Franc
Livermore Valley, $48.00
25 cases produced
(92) WEDGEWOOD
Female: Ruby with a light rim. Mushrooms on the initial nose are joined by raspberry and dark cherry. There is a powdery element and sweet spice aromas too. Medium bodied. Cherry and smoke on the palate. Nice finish. "Love those tannins!"
Louis M. Martini 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley, $30.00
21942 cases produced
(92)
Female: Provocatively aromatic! Gorgeous black fruit, clove, spices, and a suggestion of leather. Pretty oak accents flow across the palate. Well crafted and complex with a lifted, memorable finish.
Lucas & Lewellen 2009 CLONE 6 Cabernet Sauvignon
Santa Barbara County, $48.00
169 cases produced
(92)
Female: Potpourri spice, dark chocolate and black cherry… gorgeous nose! Big, plush and balanced. Velvety mouthfeel packed with consistent flavors. Lovely!
The Steven Kent Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Livermore Valley, $48.00
930 cases produced
(92) YELLOW
Female: Sultry smoky nose of baked cherry pie. Soft and spicy red cherry flavors wrapped in savory pepper and spice notes with a light caramel quality. Nicely integrated. Oak, vanilla, and fruit marry nicely on the mid-palate through the finish. Beautiful wine.
Barnard Griffin Winery 2009 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Columbia Valley, $40.00
190 cases produced
(91)
Female: Cloves and blackberry on the nose. Boysenberry and a touch of oak on entry opening to chocolate and praline with lovely brambly fruit. Nicely integrated and structured. Well-balanced acidity and tannins. Beautiful finish.
Barnard Griffin Winery 2009 Partners Reserve Sagemoor Vineyard Cabernet Blend
Columbia Valley, $60.00
180 cases produced
(91)
Female: Cherry vanilla flavors leap from the glass. Lush entry expands on the palate full of red cherries, boysenberry, dried herbs, and a hint of cinnamon. Nicely balanced. Very consumer friendly wine.
BOYANCI 2010 Stagecoach Vineyards Cabernet Blend
Napa Valley, $110.00
200 cases produced
(91) GOLD
Female: Darkly hued in the glass. Opens with blackberry and cassis aromas and flavors. Dense and concentrated fruit accented with leather and a hint of black pepper. Powerfully built with firm tannins and nicely integrated oak.
BOYANCI InSpire ROMAnce 2011 Stagecoach Vineyards Cabernet Franc
Napa, $65.00
70 cases produced
(91) ORCHID
Female: Deep purple/black in color. The nose is subtle yet powerful showing dark cocoa, black tea, boysenberry, and earth notes. The boysenberry carries through onto the palate and is joined by plum and dried blueberry flavors. There is a pronounced mineral quality to this wine. Nice silky tannins.
Cameron Hughes 2011 Lot 450 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $27.00
625 cases produced
(91) GRAY
Female: Clove, caramel, lovely black cherry, and mineral notes on the nose and in the mouth. Well integrated and balanced. Full bodied with dark fruit flavors surrounded by herbs and spice. Good acidity and smooth tannins on the finish.
Cass Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $45.00
900 cases produced
(91) GUNMETAL
Female: A many layered nose of roses, raspberry, dark cherry, plum, and complementary savory spices. Sweet dark fruit on entry lead to a vibrant full-bodied palate which carries on with lovely spice notes. Well balanced. Nice!
Chateau Margene 2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $68.00
352 cases produced
(91) COBALT
Female: Beautiful all around Cabernet with smoked cherry, vanilla, cigar, and blackberry aromas and flavors with an herbal component creating a perfect "Yin and Yang" experience. Unique and intriguing profile with a lovely long finish.
Eberle 2011 Vineyard Selection Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $20.00
3321 cases produced
(91)
Female: Subdued aroma. Clove and nutmeg adorned blackberry and cassis open up gloriously mid-palate. Nice depth and complexity shows through with aeration.
En Garde 2009 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley, $98.00
130 cases produced
(91)
Female: Blackberry, black raspberry, lavender, black cherry, black olive, and black pepper emanate from the glass. This is a big and complex wine. Layers of flavors encompassing Old and New World styles. Great mouthfeel and a lovely long finish.
Field Stone Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley, $18.99
1348 cases produced
(91) DUSTY ROSE
Female: Damp earth and eucalyptus with violets on the nose. Nice blackberry on entry with vanilla and smoke joining in. Beautifully balanced. Nice food wine. "I want more!"
Gallo Signature Series 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $40.00
4592 cases produced
(91) DARK GREEN
Female: Herbal and dark raspberry aromas. Streamlined on the palate with racy acidity. Dark chocolate and plum flavors with spice kicking in on the back palate. The oak is well integrated. Very food friendly. "Yummy."
Jamieson Ranch 2011 Double Lariat Limited Production Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $50.00
3000 cases produced
(91) PERIWINKLE
Female: Deep purple/black in color. Warm and sultry aromas of red cherry, plum and blackberries with oodles of minerality and oak. The palate is vibrant and balanced with dark fruit, minerals and firm tannins on the finish. Will age well.
Laurel Glen 2010 The Laureate Laurel Glen Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma Mountain, $85.00
90 cases produced
(91)
Female: Leather and spice on the nose. Lean entry and then...ripe wild berries take center stage. Vibrant acidity rocks it out! Ethereal and elegantly complex.
McGrail Vineyards 2010 Reserve McGrail Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
Livermore Valley, $39.00
1683 cases produced
(91)
Female: Earthy, spicy aroma with deep dark fruit. Rich, dense and powerful black currant, berry, dried herbs, and tobacco merge intensely on the palate. Muscular with firm tannins.
Rocca Family Vineyards 2010 Grigsby Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Yountville, $85.00
680 cases produced
(91) PUMPKIN
Female: Cocoa jumps from the glass. Plum, black berries and a touch of peppermint weave through the palate. Lush and generously fruited.
Rocca Family Vineyards 2010 Estate Collinetta Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Coombsville, $85.00
189 cases produced
(91) TURQUOISE
Female: Pretty mulled spice aroma. Cinnamon and ginger meet black plum, wild berry and vanilla bean mid-palate. Lush and supple with dense fruit from start to finish. Bright acidity offsets the rich fruit. Lovely!
Sol Rouge 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Lake County, $32.00
150 cases produced
(91) AQUA
Female: Deep brick red-black hue with smoked red cherry and baking spice aromas. Lush, alluring palate showing smoked cherry and pomegranate surrounded by lovely herbal and spice notes. Long even finish with a luscious crescendo of fruit and spice flavors. Yummy!
The Steven Kent Winery 2010 Home Ranch Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Livermore Valley, $65.00
189 cases produced
(91) DENIM
Female: Cedar and rhubarb notes on the nose. Elegantly balanced with red fruit, clove and cinnamon spice through the palate. Precise balance and lifted finish.
Wente Vineyards 2011 Small Lot Cabernet Franc
Livermore Valley, $40.00

(91)
Female: Deep purple black in color. Rich black cherry and plum aromas with a dusty minerality. Cherry and blueberry are beautifully integrated with oak. Well made!
AuburnJames 2010 Reverence Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon
Coombsville, $90.00
211 cases produced
(90)
Female: Brooding nose with tree bark essence, dark roasted fruit and lots of coffee. Full on tannins. Black tea, spices, olives notes, wild berry, and cassis fruit profile. Intense!
AuburnJames 2009 Artist Series Meritage
Napa Valley, $85.00
253 cases produced
(90) BLUE GREEN
Female: Dusty berry aroma with vanilla notes. Earth entry, cassis and tart plums join herbs and spice box notes mid-palate. The gorgeous lifted finish shows cranberry and citrus. Yum!
AuburnJames 2009 RDH Bella Vista Block 1&4 Cabernet Sauvignon
Calistoga, $90.00
141 cases produced
(90)
Female: Light in color. Pomegranate aromas deliver strawberry, pomegranate and cherry flavors onto the palate. There is a touch of mocha on the finish. Lovely wine. Lighter style.
AuburnJames 2009 Meritage
Napa Valley, $55.00
321 cases produced
(90)
Female: Smoky cherry, cassis, licorice, and herbs notes on the nose. Rich blackberry at the core with bittersweet chocolate accents on the expansive and vibrant palate. Medium tannins on the subdued finish.
Bonneau 2010 Caton Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma Valley, $48.00
458 cases produced
(90)
Female: Deep garnet in color. Rhubarb and vanilla with some dark tones in the nose. The palate shows complex flavors of berries, cherries, vanilla, oak, and leather. Rich and persistent fruit throughout. On the verge of jammy but restrained. Big, lingering finish.
BOYANCI InSpire 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $60.00
230 cases produced
(90) ORANGE
Female: Warm cherry compote aromas. Bright, lush red and black fruit in the mouth. Great balance.
Cameron Hughes 2011 Lot 418 Cabernet Sauvignon
Oakville, $25.00
450 cases produced
(90) LIGHT PINK
Female: Pretty nose of ripe cherry, sweet oak and spice. Generous cherry and berry flavors offset by racy acidity. Nice purity. Well integrated.
Cameron Hughes 2011 Lot 451 Cabernet Sauvignon
Coombsville, $27.00
375 cases produced
(90)
Female: The nose is a bit shy at first but opens to juicy blackberry and coffee aromas. Pretty in the mouth showing licorice, chocolate and toasted pecans supporting the core of dark fruit. Good layers, structure, and nice tannins. Great potential.
Cameron Hughes 2011 Lot 500 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $29.00
3000 cases produced
(90)
Female: Dark fruit - black raspberry and blueberry aromas repeat on the palate. Floral notes throughout. Lots of oak on the finish but there is plenty of fruit for balance.
Carnivor 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
California, $11.99
33800 cases produced
(90)
Female: Deep purple, almost black in color. Vibrant black fruit, dried herbs, coffee, and roasted popcorn with butter… surprising but very pleasant! Coffee and berries on the palate. Delicious! Nice structure and texture.
Clif Family Winery 2010 Kit's Killer Cab Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $50.00
500 cases produced
(90) LILAC
Female: Dusty damp earth with blackberries on the nose. The blackberry carries through onto the palate with cedar joining mid. Beautiful acidity and silky tannins.
Cliff Creek Cellars 2008 Estate Sams Valley Vineyard Cabernet Franc
Southern Oregon, $28.00
185 cases produced
(90) BLACK
Female: There's a floral element to the nose with sweet red fruit and cinnamon spice that draws me in. Nicely acidic with sour cherry. Medium bodied with silky tannins and a nice lingering finish. Great food pairing wine!
Cliff Creek Cellars 2009 NI Bar Sams Valley Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Southern Oregon, $50.00
78 cases produced
(90)
Female: Deep brick red-black in color. Low and sultry aromatics of dark fruit, cigars and earthy/mineral notes. The palate is dark, spicy and seductive with an expansive flavor profile that moves to a lovely finish.
Cloak & Dagger 2009 The Assassin Ink Grade Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Howell Mountain, Napa, $65.00
75 cases produced
(90)
Female: Concentrated berry and vanilla aromas with woodsy nuances. Deep, dark fruit from entry through the long finish. Nicely balanced.
Darkhorse 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
California, $8.99
50000 cases produced
(90)
Female: Bright black cherry aromas with a notable hit of coffee. Delightfully layered - dark and intense berry flavors, black pepper and coffee accents. Nice acid on the finish.
Deerfield Ranch 2008 Cabernet Franc
Sonoma Valley, $58.00
210 cases produced
(90) MAGENTA
Female: Deep red/brown in color. Baked red cherry aromas with brown baking spices. Vibrant spicy palate with lovely smoked red cherry and tart rhubarb with nice white pepper to complement. Great food wine.
Eberle 2010 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $34.00
1971 cases produced
(90)
Female: Deep brick red in color. Cassis, fresh cocoa and vanilla aromatics with lovely spice notes in the background. Sweet red cherry on the palate with a hint of molasses, vanilla and blackberry. Smoky character escalates towards the finish. Nice tannins. Well structured. Great food wine.
Ecluse Wines 2011 Ensemble Cabernet Blend
Paso Robles, $42.00
275 cases produced
(90) CHARTREUSE
Female: Inviting dark berry aroma with a rich and smooth entry full of blackberry, cassis, tobacco, spice, and vanilla drenching the palate. Nicely balanced too!
En Garde 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley, $78.00
130 cases produced
(90)
Female: Aromas of sweet, smoky red cherry, black cherry and caramel with pepper overtones. The nose carries onto the palate. Vibrant palate of sweet red fruit and cedar notes. Classic Cabernet. Black tea on the finish. Lovely!
Enoteca Five 2011 Silvaspoons Vineyards Cabernet Franc
Lodi, $28.00
100 cases produced
(90) LIGHT BLUE
Female: Earth, cedar and blackberry on the nose through entry. Cigar box notes join mid-palate through the finish where an added element of blackberry joins in. Would be great with grilled steak.
Estate 1856 2011 Barrel Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma County, $42.00
55 cases produced
(90) WHITE
Female: Seductive dark aromas of plum, rhubarb and pepper lead to an intense palate. Sweet, dark fruit with spice in the mouth. The finish has a lovely herbal quality that lingers on the palate with silky tannins.
Estate 1856 2011 Bordeaux Blend
Sonoma County, $38.00
105 cases produced
(90) BURGUNDY
Female: Dark fruit and black tea aromas and flavors capture the senses. Cassis, tobacco spice and a hint of menthol swirl on the palate. Fresh and lively with nice oak integration.
Field Stone Winery 2010 Wally's Block Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley, $30.00
243 cases produced
(90) DUSTY ROSE
Female: A brooding nose leads to plum, ripe cherry, mocha, and coffee notes on the palate. Muscular with firm tannins. Great acid. Nice and it's only a baby, laying this down for 6-12 months will bring great rewards.
Four Sisters Ranch 2010 Serena's Vineyard Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $24.00
2000 cases produced
(90)
Female: Floral notes, a touch of earth, blueberries and blackberries on the nose. Lush fruit with yummy accents. Nice integration.
Guglielmo 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Santa Clara Valley, $25.00
460 cases produced
(90)
Female: Toasted marshmallows on the nose. Cherry and cranberry in the mouth. Very well-balanced. Ready to drink.
J. Rickards Winery 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley, $38.00
347 cases produced
(90) HOT PINK
Female: Deep purple/black hue. Black cherry, rhubarb and dusty sage notes in the nose. Rich and full bodied palate with dark fruit, herbs and firm but dusty tannins. Perfectly balanced wine.
Laurel Glen 2011 Counterpoint Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma Mountain, $30.00
1546 cases produced
(90)
Female: Sweet vanilla on the nose at first then opens to floral and chamomile. Blueberry flavors at the core with black pepper notes and judicious tannins and acids. Nice finish. "More please."
PEJU 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $50.00
8500 cases produced
(90)
Female: Tart fruit aroma. Herbal notes join wild berry and cherry fruit on the palate. Savory spice mid. Bright and very food friendly. Nicely balanced purity!
Penman Springs Vineyard 2009 Reserve Penman Springs Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $35.00
146 cases produced
(90) BLUE
Female: Cocoa, spice cake, vanilla, and light cherry aromas. Yummy on the palate. Easy to quaff showing red cherry, boysenberry and a touch of savory spice. Bright cherry citrus and tea notes on the finish. Nicely balanced, lovely acid and gentle use of oak.
Penman Springs Vineyard 2010 Old Block Penman Springs Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $17.00
329 cases produced
(90)
Female: Cocoa and cola aromas. Brambly fruit and fig on entry lead to gripping tannins on the finish that shout for food. Nice!
R&B Cellars 2008 Reserve Bingham Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $50.00
500 cases produced
(90)
Female: Vanilla bean and cherry aroma. Sweet and dense berry and black cherry fruit prevails throughout. Herbs join in on the finish.
Roberts + Rogers 2011 Los Posadas Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Howell Mountain, $70.00
600 cases produced
(90)
Female: Deep purple/black in color. Balanced, fruit forward nose of lush blackberry and plum with complementary black pepper notes. Smoky palate is full of dark fruit, black pepper and spice. Invigorating and long lasting --definitely a crowd pleaser.
Shingleback 2011 Davey Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
McLaren Vale, $23.00
2500 cases produced
(90)
Female: Forest floor aromas. Yummy red and black fruit flavors - cranberry and blackberry are joined by savory spice mid. Nicely balanced. Food friendly.
Summerhill Pyramid Winery 2010 Osoyoos Vineyard Cabernet Blend
Okanagan Valley, $30.00

(90)
Female: Berry pie on the nose. Juicy blackberry, plum and blueberry meet with tobacco spice. Cassis and lively acidity on the palate with a burst of sour cherry on the finish. Finishes lean and clean.
The Winery San Francisco 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $45.00
250 cases produced
(90) TAN
Female: Cola and black cherry on the nose. Bright red fruit on entry opening to cola and darker fruit mid. Sassy acidity. Nice wine!
Timark Wines 2010 Rafael Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Oak Knoll, $65.00
25 cases produced
(90) GREEN
Female: Black cherry, sour cherry and earth notes on the nose. Tight on entry opening to black raspberry flavors with a flood of savory spice. Well made. Needs time (or decant next time) and this baby will come together beautifully.
Wente Vineyards 2011 The Nth Degree Cabernet Sauvignon
Livermore Valley, $80.00

(90)
Female: Cherry cola on the nose replicates on entry with a vanilla focus. Spiced oak notes and cookie dough with brown spices mid-palate. Excellent structure with big but well integrated tannins.
Wente Vineyards 2011 Southern Hills Cabernet Sauvignon
Livermore Valley, $18.00

(90)
Female: The nose invites you in. Bright black cherry with savory spices, baking spices and cherry pie aromas. Lovely cherry flavors at the core with Constant Comment tea accents. Great finish. I want a Margherita pizza!
Whalebone Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $35.00
800 cases produced
(90)
Female: Floral and spice aromas with a touch of dill. Very ripe plum on the palate. Black tea and toasted notes on the finish.
William Hill Estate 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $40.00
6874 cases produced
(90) BEIGE
Female: Cigar and vanilla aromas. Dark blueberry and sweet spice flavors that are nicely integrated with silky tannins on the lingering finish.
William Hill Estate 2010 Bench Blend Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $45.00
1580 cases produced
(90)
Female: Root beer aromas lead to cherry, blackberry jam and vanilla bean flavors. Rich and lush fruit. Sweet fruit prevails with a back note of toasted baking spices. Nice acid on the finish. Well made and consumer friendly.

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3 Steves Winery 2011 Cabernet Franc
Cienega Valley, $35.00
74 cases produced
(89)
Female: Dark and brooding, rich deep purple/black in the glass. Licorice, blackberry and cigar aromas. Blackberry and black pepper flavors. Silky tannins. Very enjoyable.
Bridlewood Estate 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $15.00
33200 cases produced
(89) PEACH
Female: Black currant, raisin and oak on the nose. Toasted oak and a vegetal character round out the black currant, stewed raspberries, cedar, and earth flavors. A great example of Cabernet Sauvignon.
Chateau Margene 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $56.00
406 cases produced
(89)
Female: Blackberries and plum fruit on the nose are replicated on the palate. Lots of toasty oak here with tooth coating tannins. Lay this baby down, it needs time. It will age well as there is plenty of fruit to carry this to maturity.
Cliff Creek Cellars 2008 Estate Grown Claret Sams Valley Vineyard
Southern Oregon, $25.00
652 cases produced
(89)
Female: Cherry pie aromas lead to bright cherry and red plum at the core. Lean style with plenty of acidity and nice tea spice on the finish.
Ecluse Wines 2010 Reserve Lock Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $69.00
120 cases produced
(89)
Female: Deep red/brown in color. Sweet smoked red cherry aromas with earthy mushroom and mineral notes. Cherry and rhubarb flavors merge with pepper and cinnamon notes on the palate in this balanced taste experience distinguished by smokiness.
Ecluse Wines 2011 Lock Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $38.00
295 cases produced
(89)
Female: Tart fruit compote aromas. Round and full cherry pie, currant and raspberry flavors with black tea spiced accents. Bright and lively. Elegant.
Harris Tesla 2006 Estate Reserve Harris Tesla Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Livermore Valley, $25.00
180 cases produced
(89)
Female: Baking spice and black cherry aromas with a touch of Christmas spice. Cherry, black cherry and cassis flavors with a mocha backnote. Finishes with bright acidity. Suggest decanting, there is some sendiment here. Bright and alive for a seven-year-old Cabernet Sauvignon.
Louis M. Martini 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $34.00
91900 cases produced
(89)
Female: Intense aromatics of black cherry, dried herbs and cedar. Husky and masculine with dark fruit, leather, cedar, and spice… picture a dark, book-lined library.
Louis M. Martini 2010 Lot 1 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $145.00
95 cases produced
(89)
Female: Cherry, cotton candy aromas and entry. Dense fruit on the palate with vanilla overtones. Nicely ripe. Oak is evident.
Orsianna 2009 Orsi Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
Mendocino, $19.95
1500 cases produced
(89)
Female: Aromas of cherry, red currant and sweet brown spices with earthy back notes. Herbaceous on the palate showing cedar, leather and earthiness that is nicely balanced with the fruit character of ripe currants and raspberries. Long finish.
Pendleton Estate 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley, $49.00
100 cases produced
(89)
Female: Strawberry and plum aromas with some back notes of greenery. Berries on the palate with a rush of acid on the long finish. A lovely food wine.
Penman Springs Vineyard 2010 Artisan Cuvee Penman Springs Vineyard Meritage
Paso Robles, $25.00
245 cases produced
(89)
Female: Bright strawberry, cherry and sweet raspberry jam aromas. Lovely layered palate. Youthful and fun!
The Steven Kent Winery 2010 Folkendt Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Livermore Valley, $65.00
143 cases produced
(89)
Female: Mint, chocolate/mint, black cherry, potpourri spices, and eucalyptus. Did I say mint? 🙂 Nice in the mouth. Balanced and pretty.
Triumph Cellars 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
St. Helena, $25.00
4000 cases produced
(89)
Female: Sweet dark cherry, raspberry and plum with a slight dustiness on the nose. Black currant, vanilla, spice, and oak on the palate. Shows a hint of leather and tobacco on the long finish. Well-balanced.
Whalebone Winery 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $35.00
800 cases produced
(89)
Female: Concentrated blackberry, lovely cherry, strawberry, and vanilla aromas with woodsy nuances. Deeply concentrated fruit. nice acid. Chocolate and cola notes on the finish. Well balanced.
Cannonball Wine Company 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
California, $14.99
10000 cases produced
(88)
Female: Sour cherry, wild flowers, cherry cola, and vanilla on the nose. Juicy ripe fruit - berry, plum and a candied note. Sweet oak, vanilla and spun sugar all the way through the finish.
Davis Family Vineyards 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma County, $60.00
700 cases produced
(88)
Female: The vibrant, smoky nose shows spice, cherry, and cedar. Strawberry, sour cherry and chocolate on the palate. Soft, yet vibrant. Silky tannins.
Frei Brothers Reserve 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley, $27.00
51700 cases produced
(88)
Female: Lovely violet and berry nose. Soft palate of complex berry flavors well integrated with oak. Nicely balanced.
Ghost Pines 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa/Sonoma/Lake, $23.00
22500 cases produced
(88)
Female: Flowery notes on the nose at first sniff, then black cherry aromas take over. Rich black and red fruit on entry through mid-palate. Tart fruit and baking spices on the finish. Nice touch of oak and acid.
Kick Butt Cab 2010 Kick Butt Cab Newsom Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Texas High Plains, $25.00
900 cases produced
(88)
Female: Deli meats and toasted savory herb notes on the nose. Red and black fruit on the palate. Lovely. Finishes with some enhancing barrel notes and pleasant acidity. Nice wine.
Louis M. Martini 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma County, $18.00
303800 cases produced
(88)
Female: Chocolate, cherry, dried cherry, tobacco, and leather aromas replicate on the palate. Sweet and sexy wine.
Prizm Winery 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $60.00
175 cases produced
(88)
Female: Strawberry jam aromas are replicated on the pretty entry. Cherry pie and fruit cake with candied orange peel on the mid-palate through the finish. Graceful texture.
The Winery San Francisco 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
North Coast, $24.99
750 cases produced
(88)
Female: Savory baked fruit pie aromas with complementary spice/pepper back notes. Vibrant palate of pronounced stone cherries, black pepper and smoky notes on the finish. Would be great with pork tenderloin.
Weibel Family 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Redwood Valley, $18.95
200 cases produced
(88)
Female: Minty chocolate aroma with blackberry and vanilla accents - pie spice too. Nicely textured and easy to quaff. Lively acidity. Nicely balanced.
Barefoot Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon
California, $6.99
362000 cases produced
(87)
Female: Candied fruit on the nose with black cherries, stewed red currants, cedar, spice, and smoke on the palate. Well-balanced. Slightly jammy. Easy to drink.
Cameron Hughes 2011 Lot 385 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $28.00
3750 cases produced
(87)
Female: Cranberry and pomegranate nose at first sniff, then savory herbs join in. Lighter style with cranberry and pomegranate flavors. Citrus notes on the finish.
Deerfield Ranch 2005 Trio Vineyard Meritage
Napa, $75.00
700 cases produced
(87)
Female: Vibrant nose of black currant and cherry with pronounced green pepper notes. Cherry and blackberry in the mouth. Nice!
Deerfield Ranch 2006 Reserve Los Chamizal Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma Valley, $65.00
175 cases produced
(87)
Female: Earthy dark fruit aromas with a hint of cedar. The palate begins rich and lush with cherry and red currants. Good length showing spices, leather and a touch of green pepper on the finish.
entwine 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
California, $12.99

(87)
Female: Cherry/black cherry aromas. Cherry and sour cherry flavors mingle on the palate finishing with green tea and bright acidity.
Lucas & Lewellen 2009 Estate Valley View Vineyard Cabernet Franc
Santa Barbara County, $26.00
211 cases produced
(87)
Female: Raspberry and fresh cherry aromas replicate on palate. Lovely acid. Toasted herbs on the finish.
Redwood Creek Cabernet Sauvignon
California, $8.00
232725 cases produced
(87)
Female: Fresh berries on the nose. Delicious mouthful of berry, cinnamon and orange peel. Sweet but pretty. It needs a touch more structure to be considered excellent but very nice as it is.
Sol Rouge 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $75.00
150 cases produced
(87)
Female: Extracted nose of sour cherry and baking spices. Nicely textured and weighted on the palate. Some vegetal notes on the finish.
The Naked Grape Cabernet Sauvignon
California, $7.99
84000 cases produced
(87)
Female: Aromas reminiscent of the kitchen – vanilla, baking spice and Kirsch. Blueberry, spice and vanilla on the palate. There's a delightful sweetness in the mouth. Nice finish with medium tannins. A crowd pleaser.
Grady Family Vineyards 2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Lodi, $18.00
166 cases produced
(86)
Female: Freshly ground coffee aromas. Currant and tart cherry entry with a touch of sweetness on the finish. Nice acid. Simple and easy to drink.
Mirassou Sun 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
California, $12.00
70500 cases produced
(86)
Female: Medium red/black in color. Aromas of spiced plums with hints of leather and white pepper. Sweet dark fruit flavors lead the palate, which is soft and balanced. Dusty tannins on the finish.
Shenanigans Fine Irish Cab 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Lodi, $15.00
300 cases produced
(86)
Female: Mocha and cooked strawberry aromas. The palate is simple and friendly with red fruit and light black fruit and a hint of baking spice on the finish. Easy to drink.

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Texas Hills Vineyard 2010 Newsom Vineyard Cabernet Franc
Texas High Plains, $25.00
1247 cases produced
(85)
Female: Sassafras and blackberry tea aromas open to very sweet red fruit, going to sour cherry on the finish. A very pleasant wine.
TRE 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Central Coast, $11.99
622 cases produced
(85)
Female: Black cherry in the nose and on entry, moving to sour cherry on the finish. Big tannins.
Carlo Rossi Cabernet Sauvignon
California, $6.99

(83)
Female: Pretty bubblegum like aromas. Red fruit flavors with a hint of mint. Lively flavors with a decided sweetness and tea on the finish. Easy to drink.
Liberty Creek Cabernet Sauvignon
California, $6.99

(83)
Female: Juicy strawberry, cherry and black cherry aromas repeat on the palate. Light and fruity almost like soda pop. A wine a mother-in-law could love.
Park Avenue 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
55% Mendocino County, 45% Napa Valley, $19.99
400 cases produced
(83)
Female: Subtle nose of baked cherry, cassis and spice. Slightly angular palate with red fruit, spice and vegetal back notes. Pronounced tannins dominate the mid-palate but soften along the way.
Turning Leaf Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
California, $8.00
227720 cases produced
(82)
Female: Red raspberry candy aromas replicate on the palate. A sipper.
Tisdale Cabernet Sauvignon
California, $4.99

(80)
Female: Light in color almost Pinot Noir like. Light cherry aromas and flavors. Simple, easy to drink.
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