9th Cabernet Shootout Results
Scores: Men Judges

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

Nottingham Cellars 2012 Supremacy Cabernet Blend
Livermore Valley, $75.00
300 cases produced
Male:Nose of ripe red fruit with accents of black pepper and leather. A lush palate showcases black cherry and anise with tannins that support the dense fruit profile. Balanced and alive on the finish. 96
J. Rickards 2012 Estate, Reserve Serpentine Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley, $52.00
125 cases produced
Male:A dramatic wow factor from first impressions on the nose. Those impressions don't disappoint with loads of cola berry, cherry kirsch, dried herbs, and nutmeg. Beautiful integration of fruit, spice, cigar box and graceful tannins on the luxurious palate. Precise acidity on the finish brings your taste buds back to life and looking for the next taste. 94
AuburnJames 2010 SPEEDSTER Cabernet Blend
North Coast, $56.00
123 cases produced
Male:Aromas of concentrated black berry and cassis with secondary notes of ripe plum create an attractive aromatic to this wine. Lovely depth of black fruit with well placed barrel and spice notes on the palate. Finish is rich yet stays nicely focused and in balance. A nicely done expression of Cabernet Sauvignon. 93
Calcareous Vineyard 2011 Lloyd Cabernet Blend
Paso Robles, $50.00
480 cases produced
Male:Delightful and inviting aromatics showing licorice, black cherry, and spice notes. Palate offers nicely integrated black fruit with plum and mocha. A long finish adds to this wines elegance. 93
Calcareous Vineyard 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $40.00
370 cases produced

Male:Aromatics make a serious statement right up front on this wine. Well developed and complex black fruit driven by black cherry and currants are nicely accented by hints of fig, mocha, toast, and sweet vanilla bean. Palate is equally well developed with the solid black fruit core leading the way to layers of red fruit and spice. All of this is brought together by a firm tannin structure that has developed nicely in tandem with the fruit and spice side. Long and luxurious. 93
Cameron Hughes Wine 2012 Lot 535 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $29.00
700 cases produced
Male:Very attractive aromatic defined by its complexity and breadth. Coriander, mocha, ripe plum, and cola notes abound. Layers of black fruit and elderberry on the palate meld nicely with an earthy minerality and lingering tannins. The finish is long and satisfying but stays precise with plenty of acidity to keep it all together. 93
Muscardini Cellars 2012 Rancho Salina Cabernet Blend
Sonoma Valley, $60.00
376 cases produced

Male:Attractive aromas of smoke, cranberry and vanilla spice with a back drop of earth and flint. Palate does a nice job of expressing a balanced combination of black fruit, light raspberry, and hints of licorice and cedar. While still evolving, this wine presents itself very nicely for the future. 93
Okapi 2012 Estate Jungle Love Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Oak Knoll District, $100.00
422 cases produced
Male:There's a dramatic wow factor to this wine starting right up front with the well heeled and sophisticated aromatic profile that yells classic Cabernet. Cassis and rich black fruit wrapped in layers of spice and toast elements. Palate continues the fun with lots of black fruit driving the profile followed by red fruit, anise, coriander and light mocha elements. Tannins are refined and well integrated and make this wine exceptionally easy to enjoy. Classic. 93
Soda Rock 2011 The General Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley, $50.00
200 cases produced

Male:Cola berry, violets, toast, licorice and roasted olives work in unison to create a highly distinctive and inviting aromatic profile. There is a very solid core of raspberry, black cherry and ripe plum to the palate. Accents of clove and licorice work well with the diversity of fruit. Tannins have integrated very nicely with room to develop much further. An appealing wine which showcases the varietal with style and grace. 93
Cameron Hughes Wine 2012 Lot 515 Monte Rosso Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma County, $32.00
500 cases produced
Male:A complex profile to well developed aromatics offering layers of blueberry and black cherry fruit, coriander, sage, and cocoa. Black cherry, currant, and pomegranate create a solid fruit core that is touched by bittersweet chocolate which connects nicely back to the nose. Medium tannins and good acidity provide a nice framework to carry the fruit content. 92
Cass 2012 Estate Cass Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $45.00
525 cases produced

Male:A very inviting aromatic profile offering vibrant strawberry and red currant, mocha, toast, dried herbs and just enough earthiness to give it some Old World charm. Cherry and rich ripe plum form a solid fruit core that is surrounded by lively spice and a hint a mint. All of this is framed nicely with well integrated tannins and a lively acidity. Complete package. 92
Lucas & Lewellen 2011 COTE DEL SOL Valley View Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Santa Barbara County, $36.00
1034 cases produced
Male:Lovely complexity in the mix of aromatic elements that are centered around blackberry, ripe cherry, cedar, sage, and violets. Palate is fresh and lean and moves effortlessly across your mouth. Cola berry and black currant form the fruit core with herbs and lighter spice tones. Finishes bright and clean with plenty of acidity. Nicely old world with a Tuscan slant. 92
Patriot 2011 Estate McGrail Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
Livermore Valley, $42.00
200 cases produced
Male:Pure and seductive on the nose with rich fruit, spice, and aromas of roasted meats. Cigar box and cedar linger behind. Palate is well formed with complex layers of black fruit, ripe raspberry, and boysenberry. All of this is wrapped nicely in rounded tannins with accents on the fruit of vanilla and butterscotch. A powerful wine that says it all in a balanced and reserved style. 92
Pend d'Oreille Winery Inc 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Washington, $21.00
389 cases produced
Male:Nicely evolved and mature aromatics showing classic Bordeaux varietal characteristics. Roasted meats, graphite, black fruit, cigar box, and a hint of eucalyptus. Palate is lean and inviting with precise placement of well developed yet still fresh black fruit and pomegranate. Light dusting of cocoa powder to the fruit profile lends another level of complexity. Balanced and alive on the finish. 92
Peterson 2010 Agraria/Big Barn Red Bradford Mountain Estate Vineyard Cabernet Franc
Dry Creek Valley, $60.00
100 cases produced
Male:Rustic and very distinctive on the nose with a nice balance of smoke, earth, black fruit and ripe cherry all framed by dried herbs and soft barrel notes. Youthful black fruit core on the palate with lighter tones of wild blueberry and sage. Persistent tannins provide a nice backdrop to all that is happening on the fruit side of this wine. Complex and nicely balanced. 92
R&B Cellars 2009 Reserve/Lyric of the Vine Bingham Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $50.00
600 cases produced
Male:Beautifully evolved on the nose with well developed cola berry, cherry/black cherry, mint, clove, and mocha notes. Secondary notes of pipe tobacco and cedar box. A ripe fruit profile of dense black fruit, pomegranate, and wild berry. Tannins have a dusty character and do a nice job of holding all the rich fruit in place and helps keep the long finish in balance. 92
Roberts+Rogers Wines 2012 Los Posadas Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Howell Mountain AVA, $100.00
1000 cases produced

Male:Aromatics that are rich and sophisticated invite the senses with well developed black fruit, cassis, vanilla scented oak, and a nice touch of black licorice. Cherry kirsch back notes. Dense yet balanced on the palate with deep black fruit that leads to polished tannins that are in the early stages of being fully integrated. Finishes long with well placed acidity to keep all the flavors in balance. Will continue to develop nicely. 92
Saviez Vineyards 2009 Single Vineyard - Estate Grown Calistoga Cabernet Franc
Napa Valley, $65.00
125 cases produced

Male:Toasted barrel notes in nice balance with warm cherry pie and vanilla notes highlight an attractive range of aromas. A pronounced fruit core on the palate offers red and black cherries which lingers on the mid palate nicely. Barrel notes of toast and vanilla with light mocha combine with graceful tannins on the finish. 92
Sol Rouge Vineyards and Winery 2011 Cabernet Franc
Lake County, $32.00
150 cases produced
Male:A charming ruby color. A complex range of aromatics are very inviting to the senses and include leather, raspberry, fresh blueberry, hints of both white and black pepper, and cassis. All of the above replicates precisely and in balance on the palate with bright cherry and warm blackberry on the graceful and well developed finish. A very nice wine that presents lots of options for food pairings. 92
Stella Monsi 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $50.00
25 cases produced

Male:Beautiful range of fully evolved aromatics that showcase black cherry jam, cassis, mocha, roasted herbs, cigar box, and touch of eucalyptus. A real treat. Palate replicates the fully developed elements of the nose with a more diverse range of black fruit to the core. Sophisticated and plush. Well built with tannins that provide definition to the fruit and spice. Can thoroughly enjoyed now. 92
The Winery SF 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
North Coast, $24.99
1000 cases produced
Male:Cassis, raspberry, vanilla bean, and a hint of peppermint work together to form a delightful aromatic profile. Palate is still forming but there is plenty going on with bright black fruit, wild berry, cedar, mocha notes, and licorice. Finishes with nice length and enough well placed acidity to keep it all in balance. Should continue to develop very nicely in coming months and years ahead. 92
@Wine 2009 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma County, $40.00
2062 cases produced
Male:The enhanced development of the aromatics lend strong credence to the benefits of time in bottle for well-made wines. That appears to be the case here with lovely black fruit and dried red fruit accented by cassis, cigar box, mint, and black licorice. Ripe and rich black fruit with a nice balance of leaner red fruit fill the very solid core. Tannins are mature and well developed and work very well with the depth of fruit and spice on the palate. A real treat now, will continue to age nicely as there is lots left to both the fruit and tannins. 91
Angels Landing 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa, $32.00
879 cases produced

Male:Nicely evolved and sophisticated aromatics of ripe black fruit and fresh plum. Secondary notes of ripe blueberry and a bit of minerality and earth. Palate replicates the fruit nicely off of the aromatics with rich black cherry and mocha notes adding complexity. Blueberry noted as well. Tannins are nicely proportioned to all the fruit filling and carry the weight of the palate well. Right touch of acidity provides freshness to the finish that invites you back for more. 91
AuburnJames 2010 Block #2 Bella Vista Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Calistoga, $75.00
236 cases produced

Male:A dramatic first impression from aromatics that break tradition with notes of forest floor, mushroom, restrained black fruit, and distinctive cedar and spice notes. Mid-palate is layered nicely with both black cherry and pomegranate framed with earthy tannins and mulled spice tones. Well balanced on the finish with lingering cola notes and cocoa powder. 91
AuburnJames 2010 Meritage Artist Series Cabernet Blend
Napa Valley, $95.00
380 cases produced

Male:Delightful aromatic speaking of multiple Bordeaux varietals in this wine. Black fruit abounds with spice, cocoa, and elevated floral notes. Great palate texture that is both graceful and alive. Racy acidity on the finish. 91
Ecluse Wines 2012 Ensemble Cabernet Blend
Paso Robles, $42.00
425 cases produced
Male:An expressive combination of bright cherry and lighter toned black fruit accented by dried flowers and herbs and a touch of vanilla. Palate offers up nicely developed and proportioned black fruit and pomegranate. Finish is a work in progress with tannins that remain a bit edgy at the moment but all heading in the right direction for the long haul. A nice ensemble of Cabernet elements. 91
Ecluse Wines 2012 Lock Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $38.00
225 cases produced

Male:Elegant aromas lift from the glass showing rich plum, raspberry, toasted vanilla barrel notes, fresh baked bread, and a touch of mint. The plum fruit core is replicated nicely from first impression on the nose and is accented stylishly with cassis, brown spice, and light cinnamon. Comes together with nicely integrated medium tannins on the pleasing finish. 91
Hovey 2012 Isabel Rasmussen Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Calaveras County, $36.00
245 cases produced
Male:Aromatics are highlighted by a distinct ripe pomegranate with lighter tones of strawberry pie filling. Noteworthy cedar box character on nose. Well-made with a solid core of black and red fruit accented by cocoa and toasted barrel notes. Soft, nicely evolved tannins define a pleasing finish. 91
Rocca Family Vineyards 2012 Tesorina Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $160.00
100 cases produced
Male:Expressive notes of char, grilled meats and black fruit fill the nose. The dense core of black fruit and ripe red cherry is framed by substantial tannins that offer a nice framework for the depth of fruit on this wine. The finish is a work in progress here as there is a lot going on. Should develop very nicely in bottle over the next 2-3 years. 91
Venteux Vineyards 2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $68.00
141 cases produced

Male:Nicely developed aromatic profile that offers up a wonderful combination of ripe plum, Bing cherry, herbs de Provence, and cedar box. The palate is a nice extension of the aromatics with the same solid core of plum with black cherry nicely accented by toast, vanilla, cassis, and brown baking spice. Firm tannins balance nicely against the depth of fruit and meld nicely with bright acidity to create a precise and balanced finish. 91
Westerly Wines 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara, $60.00
801 cases produced

Male:Nicely elevated aromatic profile displaying deft use of barrels. Black cherry, wild berry, and boysenberry framed by cedar and roasted herbs. Palate is built around a core of ripe plum and black cherry. Accents of toast and mint. There's muscle to the tannin structure and they are integrating nicely into the well built framework. Everything heading in the right direction. Long and satisfying. 91
Westerly Wines 2011 Cabernet Blend
Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara, $75.00
275 cases produced
Male:Nicely expressive in the nose with highlights of black cherry, nutmeg, a touch of alluring licorice. Palate is dense and nicely layered with ripe plum and dark cherry notes yet still staying in balance. Finish is long and satisfying and while dense there is enough acidity to carry the weight. 91
Barboursville Vineyards 2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Virginia, $74.99

Male:Blackberries and wet earth on the nose replicate in the mouth. Full and ripe on the palate. Big fruit, big texture, and chewy tannins. Blue fruit, chocolate and coffee on the finish. 90
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
Campana Ranch 2012 Cabernet Blend
Sonoma County, $29.00
120 cases produced
Male:A very pleasing aromatic marries cherry and boysenberry with cola and vanilla notes. The palate captures many of the same aromatic elements with the cherry and spice mix highlighted. Well placed acidity and a nice spice component add to the finish and the overall enjoyment. 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
Cass 2012 Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $90.00
250 cases produced
Male:An alluring and complex aromatic profile offering up bittersweet chocolate, black tea, rhubarb, ripe black fruit, char, and soy. A generous and youthful fruit profile of plum and black cherry frames the palate with accents of nutmeg and anise. Soft tannins are adequate in framing the solid fruit core and add to a long and satisfying finish that fits this wine well. 90
Claar Cellars 2011 Estate Grown and Bottled, Certified Sustainable LIVE and Salmon Safe White Bluffs Cabernet Sauvignon
Columbia Valley, $24.99
128 cases produced

Male:Cola berry, black cherry, cassis and coriander form a restrained yet well developed aromatic. Cedar notes and cigar box. Palate is still integrating the wines significant tannin profile which is combining nicely in its early stages with a solid core of leaner black fruit and softer red fruit. A nice start to a fine work in progress. 90
Clautiere Vineyard 2011 Estate BDX Clautiere Cabernet Blend
Paso Robles, $39.00
200 cases produced
Male:Dramatic floral, nutmeg, and black pepper complement the nose with secondary tones of leather and licorice. There is a delicate balance to the palate showcasing raspberry, cherry and kirsch. The finish works well on this wine which is accented by plenty of nice acidity that pulls it all together. 90
Cloak & Dagger 2010 The Assassin Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $75.00
50 cases produced
Male:A very interesting melange of aromatic elements combining black cherry and ripe plum with baking spice and a touch of cinnamon and earth. The flavor profile captures much of what is showing in the aromas with the accent on the black cherry with a noted hint of mild chocolate. The finish is highlighted by tannins that have advanced nicely into the framework of this wines substantial fruit core. 90
Concrete Wine Co 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $75.00
248 cases produced
Male:Very nice definition and complexity on the nose. Black fruit and warm baking spice with a graham cracker back drop. Nice presence of ripe raspberry as well. Tannins and fruit have melded together nicely on the palate and are accented with finesse by mocha, cinnamon, and light coriander. Lush and long on the finish with just enough bright acidity to make it all work. 90
Deerfield 2009 Zukowski Cabernet Sauvignon
Knights Valley, $75.00
202 cases produced
Male:The nose offers a subtle complexity as it melds both cherry and black fruit components with earth, leather, and spice. Sleek and rich with well integrated tannins carrying the prominent fruit profile. The wines integration carries through to the long finish. Ready to be enjoyed now. 90
Ehrenberg Cellars 2011 Dixon Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $40.00
85 cases produced

Male:Cherry and cigar box combine nicely with secondary tones of dried black fruit and cassis. Lots of red fruit and spice on the well defined palate. Accenting the palate is mocha, a touch of chocolate, and white pepper. Tannins work nicely to make the complex palate consistent and provide nice structure. Soft on the finish with just enough length. 90
Field Stone Winery 2012 Staten Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley, $45.00
494 cases produced
Male:Well developed aromatics combining ripe cherry and light cranberry accented by cedar, cola, and leather. While still in its youth, there is much that is noteworthy on the palate including expressive black cherry and currant and an evolving spice and dried herb component. Tannins are integrating nicely with a ways to go yet. 90
Field Stone Winery 2012 Wally's Block Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley, $32.00
398 cases produced

Male:Subtle and nicely restrained, the youthful aromatics take their time in revealing themselves as vanilla scented black fruit with lighter tones of fresh black raspberry. Earth and mushroom linger behind the fruit. The palate is tightly wound with cherry, plum, cassis, and black currant. Light toast and vanilla combine with a hint of black licorice to accent the fruit content. Young tannins frame the fruit with a good balance and structure. Will continue to evolve nicely. 90
James Vincent 2011 Estate McGrail Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
Livermore Valley, $65.00
100 cases produced

Male:Ripe plum and black cherry elevate nicely to the nose inviting you to dig deeper where you find added notes of ripe cranberry, black olive, lightly scented vanilla, and toast elements. Rich palate goes deeply in the black fruit range with roasted herbs and a touch of black licorice. The dusty tannins are in an early stage of integration and with sufficient acidity present, will allow this wine to grow gracefully in the bottle for years to come. 90
Lone Madrone 2010 Chelle Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles/ York Mountain, $60.00
97 cases produced

Male:Earth, ripe plum, currant and anise meld together nicely on the nose. Minerals and earth frame deep Bing cherry and cassis with notes of licorice, baking spice, and coriander. The spice notes carry through on the finish which is graceful and refined. 90
Lucas & Lewellen 2011 Estate Vineyards Valley View Vineyard Cabernet Franc
Santa Barbara County, $26.00
373 cases produced

Male:Black currant and bright red fruit with a touch of barnyard and earth on the nose. Toasted herbs, baking spice and black cherry carve out a lively palate. Tannins carry the palate and are evolving nicely into the total picture. 90
Lucas & Lewellen 2011 Estate Vineyards Valley View Vineyard Cabernet Blend
Santa Barbara County, $27.00
752 cases produced

Male:The nose is very floral and dusty at first and then opens to red berry, dry herbs, and white spice. Deep dark cassis on entry. Chocolate joins in mid-palate. Very balanced flavors. Finish is drying and a bit dusty with good fruit and herbs on the edges. 90
McGrail Vineyards 2011 Reserve McGrail Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
Livermore Valley, $39.00
1926 cases produced

Male:Cocoa nibs, brown spice, coffee, and subtle red and black berry fruit in the nose…the barrel dominates. Tangy red fruit entry with oak and herbs joining in mid-palate and then carries through and lingers on the dry finish. 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
Muscardini Cellars 2012 Cassata Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma Valley, $48.00
141 cases produced

Male:Understated tones of nicely melded black fruit and spice aromas. Palate mirrors the nose. Coffee and cinnamon join in mid-palate through the finish. Full-bodied. Firmly structured. 90
Muscardini Cellars 2011 BWise Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma Valley, $48.00
232 cases produced

Male:Understated aromatic showing leaves and subdued fruit leads to a richly textured and refined palate. 90
Nottingham Cellars 2012 Vineyard Designate Smith Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon
Livermore Valley, $55.00
100 cases produced

Male:Black currant, blackberry, oak, earth, mushrooms, and spice on the complex nose. The layered aromas are mirrored on the palate. Juicy berries mingle with brown spice. Heavy oak tannins are balanced by the fruit. This is a youngster. Lay it down. 90
Okapi 2010 Estate Jungle Love Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Oak Knoll District, $100.00
138 cases produced

Male:Ripe red cherry and fragrant black fruit work nicely with elements of oak and spice on the nose. Palate captures the depth of fruit seen in the nose and combines with evolving tannins which lend nice structure to this wine. Exhibits a nice melding of fruit and spice leading to a well placed finish. 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
PEJU 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $50.00
13547 cases produced

Male:A very inviting nose of raspberry, mint, wild berry, and light mocha-coffee notes. Deep black fruit palate is graced by vanilla and high toned barrel notes. A touch of dill and intriguing touch of coconut show nicely on the back of the palate. Tannins are well-formed and showcase the interesting fruit and spice profile very nicely. Finishes with good length and balance. Well-made. 90
Peterson 2011 Estate Bradford Mountain Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Dry Creek Valley, $39.00
475 cases produced

Male:Pleasant blackberry, oak and black pepper on the nose. Very well-made. Complex Cabernet showing coffee, vanilla, cedar, and licorice notes added to the core of blackberry fruit. Long elegant finish. 90
Roberts+Rogers Louer Family Vineyards 2012 Elhers Lane Louer Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
St. Helena AVA, $65.00
1500 cases produced

Male:Sweet caramel, a hint of menthol, chocolate, toasted notes, and plum aromas are nicely layered and enticing. Very ripe palate shows bright red fruit and nice balance between fruit and spice notes. Soft tannins on the finish. 90
Rocca Family Vineyards 2012 Collinetta Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Coombsville, $90.00
300 cases produced

Male:Allspice, leather, a hint of earth, and red berry with lighter orange peel notes on the nose. The palate has a solid core of rustic black cherry and dark red cherry. Finishes with a nice sense of balance and definition. 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
Singer Cellars 2011 the Song Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $35.00
50 cases produced

Male:Barnyard, currant, berry, and plum with drying spices and dusty herbs on the nose. Nice mouthfeel. Lush but elegant entry of fruit and spice with a hint of mushroom, forest floor and chocolate mid-palate. Lush but structured finish. 90
3 Steves Winery 2012 Cabernet Franc
Cienega Valley, $44.95
128 cases produced

Male:Fresh strawberries combine with toast and vanilla on the nose. There are noted floral notes and a hint of cigar box as well. Nicely understated on the palate with the right balance of lively black fruit and ripe cherry with dusty tannins making for a very pleasing experience. Well-made and stylish. 89
Angels Landing 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa, $25.00
1200 cases produced

Male:Aromas are layered… violet, mild barbecue, boysenberry, mint chocolate, and a touch of menthol. Bright, vibrant fruit on the palate. The tannins are a bit dry but the wine finishes fresh. 89
AuburnJames 2010 Cabernet Franc
North Coast, $48.00
146 cases produced

Male:Black currant, wild berry, cut flowers, and a hint of dill on the nose offer up an interesting profile. Black fruit and soft tannins broaden out nicely across the generous palate. Lighter notes of chocolate as well. Finishes with good precision. 89
Barboursville Vineyards 2012 Reserve Cabernet Franc
Virginia, $24.99

Male:A very inviting nose of wild strawberry and fresh picked blueberry add a nice elegance to the aromatic. Noted earth and light barnyard. The wild strawberry transfers nicely to the palate where it combines dried cranberry and brown baking spice. Fresh and alive on the finish. There's a nice Old World feel to this well crafted offering. 89
Bouchaine 2012 Landucci Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Coombsville, Napa Valley, $70.00
499 cases produced

Male:Deep and dark in the glass. Vanilla, slight barnyard, dark, dark black cherry and black raspberry aromatics are replicated on the palate with black pepper surrounding the core of black fruit. 89
Cameron Hughes Wine 2012 Lot 545 Cabernet Sauvignon
Coombsville, Napa Valley, $29.00
800 cases produced

Male:Nicely refined black fruit, light toasted spice notes and a hint of dill create an attractive nose. Palate comes alive with robust black fruit and a distinctive array of spices. Youthful tannins are still working their way into the picture and this offering bodes very well for cellaring and further bottle development. 89
Cameron Hughes Wine 2012 Lot 555 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $29.00
1000 cases produced

Male:Nicely melded classic California Cabernet Sauvignon nose with black fruit, vanilla, cinnamon, and toast. Lush flavors on the palate. Nicely made. 89
Campana Ranch 2012 Cabernet Franc
Sonoma County, $49.00
120 cases produced

Male:An inviting nose showcases rose petals, light cherry, fresh raspberry with hints of mint and vanilla. Nice. Palate is nicely layered with cherry and raspberry fruit framed by soft yet supportive tannins. Finishes long and fresh. A graceful and stylish wine. 89
Cliff Creek Cellars 2011 Sams Valley Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Southern Oregon/Rogue Valley, $25.00
396 cases produced

Male:Ripe plum, coffee bean, smoke, and toasted oak aromatics. Lively cherry entry opens to a rustic/Old World-style wine with a good length on the finish. 89
Deerfield 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma Valley, $38.00
800 cases produced

Male:Well developed and graceful aromatics of ripe cherry, butterscotch scented toasted oak and chocolate liqueur. Dense palate of ripe fruit and well evolved tannins that are fully integrated and holding up the fruit side. Long and satisfying on the palate. Drink now. 89
Nottingham Cellars 2012 Vineyard Designate Casa De Vinas Cabernet Sauvignon
Livermore Valley, $55.00
100 cases produced

Male:Cedar box, toasted vanilla graham cracker notes and wild cherry create a sleek aromatic. Cranberry combines with wild cherry evident in the nose to create a solid fruit core that is earthy and rustic. Soft tannins grace the rustic fruit profile and integrate nicely on the precise finish. 89
Penman Springs Vineyard 2010 Penman Reserve Penman Springs Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $35.00
261 cases produced

Male:Earthy and dusty at first but opens to aromas of poached figs and raisins with vanilla beans. Solid tannins and fruit extraction. Well-balanced wine showing layers of fresh blackcurrant, cedar, anise, coffee, and clove flavors. Balanced finish. Would be wonderful with the grilled steak. 89
Penman Springs Vineyard 2011 Artisan Cuvee Penman Springs Vineyard Meritage
Paso Robles, $28.00
258 cases produced
Male:Barrel notes of French oak and nutmeg highlight the nose with secondary notes of ripe plum and cedar. Palate is tightly formed with expressive black fruit still integrating into the firm tannins. Palate shows an attractive complexity as it continues to evolve in bottle. A lingering finish that is both bright and fresh. 89
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
Rocca Family Vineyards 2012 Grigsby Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Yountville, $85.00
410 cases produced

Male:Black cherry with a woody edge. Big palate reminiscent of fruitcake with heavy clove notes. Well balanced. 89
Singer Cellars 2012 the Song Mt.George Cabernet Sauvignon
Coombsville, Napa, $42.00
118 cases produced
Male:Distinctive floral notes accent a ripe core of black cherry and cassis with secondary notes of dried herbs and violets. Mouthfeel is nicely layered with well formed black fruit elements and soft barrel notes of spice and toast. Finish is graceful and refined with the right touch of bright acidity to pull it all together. 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
Soda Rock 2011 Reserve Warm Springs Ranch Cabernet Franc
Dry Creek Valley, $45.00
193 cases produced

Male:Tightly woven aromatic of earthy black cherry and toasted herbs with a nice hint of fresh blueberry. Palate is well formed and tight with black cherry and huckleberry fruit providing strong definition of varietal character. Tannins are young and robust but showing willingness to meld nicely with the fruit character the palate. Lots of acidity. 89
Xanadu 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Margaret River, $30.00
5000 cases produced
Male:Offering well developed aromatics of ripe cherry with lighter black fruit tones combining with subtle spice, green olive, and light berry jam. Palate is firm with well placed dusty tannins that are integrating nicely into the framework of nicely layered black fruit, dried herbs, and baking spice. A finish is long and satisfying with enough acidity to keep it all in perspective. 89
3 Steves Winery 2012 Small Lot #2 Cabernet Sauvignon
Livermore Valley, $44.95
170 cases produced

Male:Cassis, ripe plum, and white pepper highlight the attractive aromatics. There is a generous core of both black fruit and young fresh cherry. Moderate tannins and good acidity combine with a nice spice tone on the finish. 88
A Jo Elet 2011 Estate McGrail Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
Livermore Valley, $49.00
197 cases produced

Male:An attractive assortment of barrel and toast elements with nicely defined black fruit. Palate holds your attention with nice layering of both black and red fruit components with accents of spice and roasted herbs. There is some nice length to the finish making this wine very enjoyable. 88
Ackerman Family Vineyards 2008 Estate Stonehaven Cabernet Sauvignon
Coombsville, $95.00
400 cases produced
Male:Dark and extracted, the nose profiles ripe black fruit, mocha, graphite, and baking spice. Aromas are replicated nicely within the palate with lush tannins formed around a core of ripe black fruit. A big style that screams California depth of fruit. 88
Arbios 2010 Arbios Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley, $34.99
1370 cases produced
Male:Clean and fresh fruit aromas with a candied note and a touch of gingerbread. A pleasant, easy drink drinking wine that would pair beautifully with grilled pork or grilled portobello mushrooms. This is still a baby. Enjoy for years to come. 88
AuburnJames 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $59.00
481 cases produced

Male:Warm and exotic nose showing black fruit and Asian spices. Solid core of black fruit enhanced with spice elements. Dusty tannins on the finish. 88
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
Cameron Hughes Wine 2012 Lot 525 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $29.00
700 cases produced

Male:Nose offers up nicely complex black fruit and lots of it. Hints of brown spice and candied vanilla toast join in. A fully developed palate of black cherry and black currant with nicely balanced tannins framing it all out. A work in progress on the finish bodes well for future development. 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
Cliff Creek Cellars 2009 Claret Sams Valley Vineyard
Southern Oregon/Rogue Valley, $25.00
771 cases produced

Male:A restrained nose of focused black fruit and light cherry, dried herbs, and leather provide a distinctive "Bordeaux" feel to this wine. Palate follows suit with the aromatic with wild berry, anise and dusty oak that are focused and bright. The finish offers up an earthy minerality. 88
Deerfield 2009 Rancho Salina Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma Valley, $75.00
293 cases produced

Male:The nose is a bit closed at first with elements of light spice and soft, black cherries but opens to a hit of blueberry essence. Supple on entry with coffee and blackberries from entry through the finish. Tannins and alcohol show late through the finish. 88
Galante Vineyards 2011 Estate Rancho Galante Cabernet Blend
Carmel Valley, $30.00
1200 cases produced

Male:Aromatics are highlighted by barrel notes combined with light black fruit and dried herbs and flowers. Palate is tightly formed with black fruit framed by sage, fig, and plum. Tannins are in early stage of development and will add to the finish nicely once fully integrated. Needs time. 88
Muscardini Cellars 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Coombsville, Napa County, $80.00
188 cases produced

Male:Subtle and reserved on the aromatic with nice balance of black fruit, sage, and lighter toast notes. A decidedly Napa characteristic throughout the aromatic. A nice melding of fruit and earth elements on the palate with good balance to the structure and integration of oak tannins. 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
Nottingham Cellars 2012 Ghielmetti Vineyard Cabernet Franc
Livermore Valley, $50.00
100 cases produced

Male:Wild blueberry and lighter cherry combine with a fun cotton candy element on the nose. Palate is nicely layered with black fruit and red fruit elements and lighter spiced cherry notes. Lots of nice spice and acidity on the lively finish. 88
Prix Vineyards 2009 Reserve, MJT Block, Estate Bottled Hagafen Cellars, Estate Grown, MJT Block Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $70.00
100 cases produced

Male:Aromatics exude black fruit framed by barrel notes of toast, light vanilla, nutmeg and cedar. The richly styled palate connects nicely with the dense, jammy fruit and lush tannins. A long satisfying finish is accented by enough acidity to keep it all in perspective. 88
Rodrigue Molyneaux Winery 2010 Reserve Rodrigue Molyneaux Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Livermore Valley, $45.00
75 cases produced

Male:Layered aromas of black pepper, bright candied fruit, lush black currant, cola, and a touch of eucalyptus with smoke and campfire notes. Perfume of vanilla and mixed black fruit show just before entering the palate. Dry on an entry then explodes with blackcurrant flavors. The palate is very juicy. 88
Singer Cellars 2010 the Song Brauning Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $35.00
82 cases produced

Male:Eucalyptus and menthol on the nose. Berries, plums and bell pepper combine with solid acid and firm tannins on the palate. Texture is lovely. This wine is young but will be superb in a couple of years. Ageworthy. 88
Sol Rouge Vineyards and Winery 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Lake County, $32.00
250 cases produced

Male:Nicely elevated fruit and spice aromatics. A robust wine with a corps of black fruit enhanced by chocolate notes. 88
Sol Rouge Vineyards and Winery 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $75.00
150 cases produced

Male:A nicely restrained range of aromatics includes bright cherry, fresh raspberry and scented cedar. A well structured palate offering a combination of strawberry and black cherry with sage and a dusty minerality. Finish is precise and defined by prominent acidity. 88
Timark Wines 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
St Helena, $65.00
25 cases produced

Male:Aromatics of black cherry with barrel notes accented by dried herbs and floral notes offer up a distinct Old World charm. Palate replicates nicely from aromatics with accent on the black cherry core framed by brown spice, leather and toast. Medium tannins accent the generous finish. 88
Clautiere Vineyard 2011 Estate Clautiere Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $36.00
250 cases produced

Male:Vanilla and toast scented black fruit with hints of cherry jam. Ripe cherry comes across nicely on the palate and combines with black fruit and wild berry. Tannins work nicely on the finish. Very pleasing. 87
Cliff Creek Cellars 2009 Sams Valley Vineyard Cabernet Franc
Southern Oregon/Rogue Valley, $28.00
197 cases produced

Male:Violet aromas. Black and blue fruit on the nose and in the mouth. Black pepper surrounds the core. Nice wine. 87
Deerfield 2010 Reserve Cabernet Franc
Sonoma Valley, $65.00
193 cases produced

Male:Baked strawberry pie filling with back notes of red cherry combine with lighter wild berry on the nose. Secondary notes of dried herbs and light black pepper. Palate is nicely framed by black fruit and barrel notes of brown baking spice. Tannins are integrating nicely into the finish. 87
Ehrenberg Cellars 2012 Michael-David Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
Lodi, $35.00
85 cases produced

Male:Reserved and stylish on the nose with nice proportion of wild berry and floral notes. Raspberry and light earth with a slight touch of dill on the palate. Lively and bright on the finish. 87
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
J. Rickards 2012 Estate Five Sisters Blend Cabernet Blend
Alexander Valley, $38.00
530 cases produced

Male:Elevated and perfumed ripe cherry and black cherry aromatics. Layered black fruit mid-palate. Nice finish. 87
Le Chateau 2012 Certified Sustainable, LIVE and Salmon Safe Cabernet Sauvignon
Columbia Valley, $29.99
111 cases produced

Male:Raspberry, rose, peat, and whiskey notes on the nose. Ripe red fruit entry gives way to big tannins on a very dry finish. 87
Muscardini Cellars 2011 Madrone Ridge Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma Valley, $48.00
118 cases produced

Male:Elevated aromatics of ripe cherry with prominent barrel notes of mocha and toast. Young tannins surround an evolving core of both black fruit, currant, and cherry. Still a baby but lots of promise for the years ahead. 87
Nottingham Cellars 2012 Vineyard Designate Harris Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon
Livermore Valley, $55.00
100 cases produced

Male:Bright, almost Beaujolais like nose. Bright and fresh on the palate. Distinctive. 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
Stella Monsi 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Howell Mountain, $90.00
25 cases produced

Male:Char, red and black fruits, cocoa, and black olive aromas. The palate shows dark fruit, chocolate and big alcohol and tannins. You need a grilled steak with this Cab. 87
Triumph Cellars 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $30.00
1000 cases produced

Male:Notes of mocha and black cherry with lighter red fruit combine with prominent barrel notes of toast, vanilla and spice to define the aromatic. Nice length on the palate showcasing ripe black fruit, currant, and plum. Tannins linger on the finish with a cocoa like dusting and add to enjoyment. 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
Galante Vineyards 2010 Estate Red Rose Hill Cabernet Sauvignon
Carmel Valley, $40.00
700 cases produced

Male:Nice black fruit with a hint of orange peel on the nose. Juicy on entry, then the substantial tannins mask the fruit mid through late. Lay this baby down, to allow the tannins to resolve. 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
Venteux Vineyards 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $48.00
376 cases produced

Male:Blackberry aromas. Nice blackberry fruit on the palate with some lovely cherry notes. Lots of tannin on the finish. 86
Cameron Hughes Wine 2012 Lot 502 Cabernet Sauvignon
Spring Mountain, Napa Valley, $25.00
1000 cases produced

Male:Blackberry, smoke and deep toasted herbs and spices on the nose. Big and chewy. Intense black and blue fruit on the palate with lots of oak. Definitely needs time to develop. 85
The Winery SF 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $45.00
300 cases produced

Male:Fragrant black fruit with nicely spiced black cherry lead the way on the nose. Roasted herbs, dried black cherries with currants and sage on the palate. Dusty tannins with a hint of cocoa and bittersweet chocolate extend the finish. 85
Campana Ranch 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma County, $47.00
110 cases produced

Male:Faint floral notes on the nose carry onto the palate, then joined by berry, cherry and menthol notes. Nice finish. 84
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