9th Cabernet Shootout Results
Scores: Men Judges Bang for your Buck

9th Cabernet Shootout Results
Scores: Women Judges
Scores: Women Judges Bang for Your Buck
Scores: Men Judges
Scores: Men Judges Bang for Your Buck

All wines reviewed indicate a numerical score and are awarded medals as follows:

Double Gold

90 or above from both Male and Female Judging Panels = Double Gold


90 or above from either Male or Female Judging Panel = Gold Medal


80-89 from either Male or Female Judging Panel = Silver Medal

Barefoot Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon
Argentina, $6.99

Male:A lovely nose is nicely proportioned between the black fruit notes and baking spice with vanilla tones. Cherry pie filling combine with fresh black cherry on the palate. Very appealing as it finishes with moderate length and long lasting Cabernet flavors. 90
Baus Family Vineyards 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma County, $18.00
1500 cases produced
Male:An attractive aromatic of fruit and spice with a freshness to the black fruit component that is appealing. The fruit component carrying through on the palate is highlighted by black cherry with a nice smoke and vanilla accent. The finish fits the palate nicely with softer tannins and enough acidity to carry it through to completion. Enjoyable. 90
Cannonball 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
California, $14.99
50000 cases produced

Male:Vibrant and delightful in the nose as it combines fresh black cherry and lively raspberry aromas with just enough spice and toast. Fruit profile of nose carries forward to fill the palate with the solid core accented by light vanilla and hint of mocha and mint. Finish and bright and alive with enough length to stay true to its varietal roots. 90
Mud Pie 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Mendocino, $16.00
2500 cases produced

Male:Distinctive and inviting in its range of aromas. Both black fruit and ripe red cherry with mint, baking spice, sage, and violets. Earthy with an elevated presence that speaks of whole cluster activity in the wine making process. Easy on the palate but by no means simple with a nice range of fruit, spice, and easy to like structure. A fun wine. 90
Pedroncelli 2012 Three Vineyards Dry Creek Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Dry Creek Valley, $18.00
8000 cases produced

Male:Aromas of violets, ripe raspberry and cherry with black pepper back notes. The palate is bright and lively. Medium tannins linger with cocoa back notes. Nice acidity which will allow this wine to age gracefully. 90
Santa Carolina 2012 Reserva de Familia Cabernet Sauvignon
Colchagua Valley, $20.00
4665 cases produced

Male:A very interesting nose that speaks of both Old and New World character. Ripe plum accented with aromas of bacon cooking in the skillet are distinctive. There's a nicely shaped fruit core of dried black fruits and black cherry. Accents of vanilla and subtle oak highlight the fruit nicely. Well balanced and appealing. 90
Redwood Creek Cabernet Sauvignon
California, $7.99

Male:Lively fruity nose with raspberry and strawberry dominant and are replicated on entry on the palate. Awesome baked blueberry pie notes join mid with new oak and dusty dried herbs. Chocolate, berry and oak on the finish of fine tannins. 89
Singer Cellars 2012 B-sharp Cabernet Blend
Napa Valley, $20.00
114 cases produced

Male:Black currant, and sweet brown spice with oak barrel notes opens to dark cherry and a bit of earthiness on the nose. A nicely structured palate with bright red and black fruit on the palate with juicy black fruit notes in the background. Tannins are still developing as the finish lingers nicely. 89
Buttonwood Grove 2012 Cabernet Franc
Finger Lakes, $16.99
150 cases produced

Male:Lush nose showing dusty cassis and plum, some tar and anise. Interesting palate, fine tannins and light, red berry. Smooth, but lean finish. 88
Cedar Creek Winery 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
American, $17.00
455 cases produced

Male:A delightful combination of black fruit and lighter raspberry tones with nutmeg and clove on the nose joined by a hint of ginger and roasted meats upon aeration. Palate is well developed with nice structure and length on the finish. Solid fruit core of ripe black cherry and black raspberry. Hint of rhubarb. Nicely balanced by medium tannins and nice acids. 88
Next of Kin 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Margaret River, $20.00
5000 cases produced

Male:Nicely formed aromatic profile of cranberry, black currant and wild berry. Secondary notes of ripe plum with barnyard and earth. Fruit profile from nose does a nice job of replicating on the palate with some black olive tones noted. Nicely balanced overall with a finish that carries just long enough. 88
Field Stone Winery 2012 Convivio Red Cabernet Blend
Alexander Valley, $12.99
1492 cases produced

Male:Quite toasty up front showing the clear oak influence, driving the wine. Black cherries on the palate with a fair amount of tannins. Extremely chewy with tons of grip. Very young, definitely needs time but is quite age worthy. 87
Grayson Cellars 2013 Lot 10 Cabernet Sauvignon
California, $10.00
20000 cases produced

Male:Bright young cherry with a hint of Jolly Rancher sour cherry candy on the nose. Lighter notes of oak and black fruit. Palate continues with the cherry theme found in the nose and combines it with some savory herb and lighter brown baking spice elements. Easy and approachable with enough guts on the finish to make it a memorable experience. 87
Ridge Crest 2013 Certified Sustainable, LIVE and Salmon Safe White Bluffs Cabernet Sauvignon
Columbia Valley, $13.99
1075 cases produced

Male:Nicely elevated aromas of black cherry and ripe raspberry are nicely framed by sweet vanilla notes and a hint of clove. There is a softness to the palate and that makes this a very approachable style highlighted by cherry and light raspberry. Balances nicely on the finish. 87
Santa Carolina 2013 Reserva Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Colchagua, $10.00
22865 cases produced

Male:Spice, rhubarb, and lighter notes of ripe raspberry with a hint of green olive on the nose. Palate is simple and direct with a nice combination of black fruit and lighter spice notes. Wonderful acidity makes this an easy addition to food. 87
Field Stone Winery 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley, $16.95
1680 cases produced

Male:Lots of oak here. Aromas of caramelized sugar and brown sugar with some red fruit peeking through. Cassis on entry then the oak kicks in. Needs time to come together. 86
Turning Leaf Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
California, $7.99

Male:A pleasing nose that combines scented vanilla oak with ripe black fruit. Some ripe blueberry is present as well. Palate shows young strawberry that moves nicely across your palate and lingers just long enough. The blueberry aromatic replicates on the palate. A young wine meant to be enjoyed in its youth. Fun burger wine or in a picnic basket. 86
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