8th Cabernet Shootout Results
Scores: Women 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

Eberle 2011 Vineyard Selection Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $20.00
3321 cases produced
Female: Subdued aroma. Clove and nutmeg adorned blackberry and cassis open up gloriously mid-palate. Nice depth and complexity shows through with aeration.
Field Stone Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley, $18.99
1348 cases produced
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!"
Carnivor 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
California, $11.99
33800 cases produced
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.
Darkhorse 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
California, $8.99
50000 cases produced
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.
Penman Springs Vineyard 2010 Old Block Penman Springs Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $17.00
329 cases produced
Female: Cocoa and cola aromas. Brambly fruit and fig on entry lead to gripping tannins on the finish that shout for food. Nice!
Wente Vineyards 2011 Southern Hills Cabernet Sauvignon
Livermore Valley, $18.00
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!

heartheartheart = An Affair to Remember = Silver Medal

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.
Orsianna 2009 Orsi Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
Mendocino, $19.95
1500 cases produced
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.
Cannonball Wine Company 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
California, $14.99
10000 cases produced
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.
Louis M. Martini 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma County, $18.00
303800 cases produced
Female: Chocolate, cherry, dried cherry, tobacco, and leather aromas replicate on the palate. Sweet and sexy wine.
Weibel Family 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Redwood Valley, $18.95
200 cases produced
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
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.
entwine 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
California, $12.99
Female: Cherry/black cherry aromas. Cherry and sour cherry flavors mingle on the palate finishing with green tea and bright acidity.
Redwood Creek Cabernet Sauvignon
California, $8.00
232725 cases produced
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.
The Naked Grape Cabernet Sauvignon
California, $7.99
84000 cases produced
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
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
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
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.

heartheart = Will Provide Fond Memories = Bronze Medal

TRE 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Central Coast, $11.99
622 cases produced
Female: Black cherry in the nose and on entry, moving to sour cherry on the finish. Big tannins.
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