9th Cabernet Shootout Results
Scores: Women 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

Campana Ranch 2012 Cabernet Blend
Sonoma County, $29.00
120 cases produced
Female:Spicy vanilla and currant...a soft, very pleasant and fresh nose. Cherry comes through after the wine opens up a bit along with some plum notes. The palate replicates the aromas. Smooth and balanced with a lovely finish. 96
Singer Cellars 2012 the Song Mt.George Cabernet Sauvignon
Coombsville, Napa, $42.00
118 cases produced
Female:Sweet dark cherry, currant, cassis, rhubarb, tea, and mineral aromas. Vibrant, lively palate with lovely fruit on entry showing bright cherry, cassis, spice, and a touch of smokiness. Great silky mouthfeel. Powerful mid-palate with mouthwatering acidity on the finish. Nicely balanced. Well-made wine! 95
Calcareous Vineyard 2011 Lloyd Cabernet Blend
Paso Robles, $50.00
480 cases produced
Female:Lovely clean nose of rich cherry, raspberry, plum, currants and a hint of black pepper. The lush forward fruit on the palate is perfectly balanced with good acidity, soft tannins and lovely textural attributes. Lively, lovely and long-lasting finish… I could continue to enjoy this for hours! 94
Clautiere Vineyard 2011 Estate BDX Clautiere Cabernet Blend
Paso Robles, $39.00
200 cases produced
Female:Valentine Day chocolate in a glass. Yummy cocoa and caramel aromas. Vibrant palate with bright cherry and rhubarb notes with a hint of citrus. Chocolate covered fruit and nuts mid to late. Nice round finish. 93
Penman Springs Vineyard 2011 Artisan Cuvee Penman Springs Vineyard Meritage
Paso Robles, $28.00
258 cases produced
Female:Lovely black currant nose at first with sweet baked fruit aromas enhanced with dried herbs and spice notes joining on aeration. The palate is lean and earthy with hints of black tea and lavender notes at first but opens to pretty fruit, nice length and texture. "Everyone will love this wine." Great finish with strong fruit mid-palate. 93
Saviez Vineyards 2009 Single Vineyard - Estate Grown Calistoga Cabernet Franc
Napa Valley, $65.00
125 cases produced

Female:Pure black raspberry jam intensely summer ripe aromas arise from the glass. Deep blackberry pie flavors with meaty notes, rye and butter. The palate is generously textured...like wide wale corduroy. Sweet chocolate frosting on the finish. YUM! 93
3 Steves Winery 2012 Cabernet Franc
Cienega Valley, $44.95
128 cases produced

Female:Lovely perfumed nose...very appealing! Raspberry and strawberry aromas. Lively raspberry ganache with pretty white pepper, nutmeg and ginger accents. Notes of sandalwood on the lengthy, elegant finish. 92
@Wine 2009 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma County, $40.00
2062 cases produced
Female:Blackberry, graphite, cedar, rich earth, and dried mushroom aromatics. Balanced with great flavors. Silky texture. Delicious showing medium tart cherries, red plums and some cranberry. Vanilla, caramel and light toast join in on the finish. Should age very well. 92
Cameron Hughes Wine 2012 Lot 535 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $29.00
700 cases produced
Female:Chocolate, dark ripe berries, coffee, and molasses join together in the many layered nose. The palate is intense, lush and mouth filling with complex flavors. A fiery hint of dark chocolate and ghost pepper adds another dimension. Velvety texture, balanced oak. Excellent! 92
Cass 2012 Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $90.00
250 cases produced
Female:"Lively fruit and spice nose involving memories of the Christmas holidays!...plum, cherry, clove, and cinnamon...mulled wine without the mull." The palate is lovely reflecting the nose and layering in chocolate covered nuts and blueberries. Good acidity and a mild tannin structure showcases the flavors to shine. "Lots of fun!" 92
AuburnJames 2010 SPEEDSTER Cabernet Blend
North Coast, $56.00
123 cases produced
Female:Deep dark fruit. Brambly nose of dusty berries, cherries and pronounced pepper notes. Powerful wine! The aromas replicate and emerge stronger on the palate. Dark and earthy with firm but balanced tannins. "Smooth as a baby's bottom." 91
Baus Family Vineyards 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma County, $18.00
1500 cases produced
Female:Initially a bit syrupy on the nose...summer Maine blueberries in a glass. Blue, red and black fruit on the palate with a hint of peppermint and menthol. Mouth filling flavors. Big, weighty and well structured. Nice finish with a hint of bitterness. Good acidity. Soft tannins. 91
Bouchaine 2012 Landucci Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Coombsville, Napa Valley, $70.00
499 cases produced

Female:Toasted sesame seeds and other exotic Asian spices draw me in...the nose is interesting, almost Pinot-like. Pretty dark black cherry and red cherry fruit flavors at the core is deftly seasoned with oak spice. Lovely balance. "I like!" 91
Calcareous Vineyard 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $40.00
370 cases produced

Female:Aromas of chocolate, coffee and blueberries with hints of black fruit. Vibrant lush palate. Big, rich and ripe flavors. Very structured. Tastes but doesn't look highly extracted with dark red and black fruit flavors...licorice and herbs showing on the long finish. 91
Cameron Hughes Wine 2012 Lot 515 Monte Rosso Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma County, $32.00
500 cases produced
Female:Fruit forward nose of black cherry and dusty Santa Rosa plum with clove and spice back notes. Fruit immediately explodes on the palate!… Dark and smoky and lush and spicy… YUM!! 91
Cedar Creek Winery 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
American, $17.00
455 cases produced

Female:Vanilla bean accent a nice profile of both black and red fruit on the nose. A hint of bacon with a touch of leather and black tea as well. The black cherry core is lovely on entry. Lush. Noted black olive. Balances nicely on the finish. 91
Deerfield 2009 Zukowski Cabernet Sauvignon
Knights Valley, $75.00
202 cases produced
Female:Dusty red cherry aromas with soft floral and baking spice notes. The palate is medium bodied and playful with lively pepper notes that complement the fruit frame. Rich mouthfeel. Good acidity. Mild tannins on the long finish. 91
Deerfield 2009 Rancho Salina Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma Valley, $75.00
293 cases produced

Female:Cassis, kirsch and eucalyptus aromas arise from the glass. Blueberry and boysenberry on entry. Nice fruit on the mid-palate with balanced acidity and fine tannins. Nicely structured. Good food pairing wine that won't overshadow your entrée. Long finish. Well-made. 91
Ecluse Wines 2012 Ensemble Cabernet Blend
Paso Robles, $42.00
425 cases produced
Female:Sultry and alluring aromatic profile. Lush dark fruit with exotic spice notes. Plum and raspberry fruit. Good mouthfeel. Well integrated. Soft tannins. Lovely finish. 91
Field Stone Winery 2012 Staten Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley, $45.00
494 cases produced
Female:Black cherry, cassis and black tea aromatics lead to a full-bodied, firmly structured palate with soft dusty cherry/berry flavors. A hint of black tea and earth add interest. Powerful tannin structure and good acidity suggest a long life for this baby. 91
J. Rickards 2012 Estate, Reserve Serpentine Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley, $52.00
125 cases produced
Female:Big blackberry and coal aromas, then the nose gets very intriguing… brownies and botanicals. Lovely texture and tannins. Good combination of herbs, flowers, fruit, and meat notes come together in a very pleasing cuvée. A plump yet enthusiastic wine with length and breadth. 91
Muscardini Cellars 2012 Rancho Salina Cabernet Blend
Sonoma Valley, $60.00
376 cases produced

Female:Mocha and cocoa on the nose with peppermint notes. Smells delicious like a York Peppermint Patty. What's presented on the nose carries onto the palate. Blackberry, black raspberry, black currant, and plum join in with hints of tea and spice and the wine opens to reveal layers of spice, complementary oak notes and a finishes with a bit of tar. "I could drink this all day." 91
Nottingham Cellars 2012 Vineyard Designate Casa De Vinas Cabernet Sauvignon
Livermore Valley, $55.00
100 cases produced

Female:The nose is bright, cheery and many layered showing cherry, raspberry, spearmint, vanilla, caramel, toasted brioche, cherry pie, and cinnamon. Wow! The palate is full and inviting and doesn't disappoint with pretty blackberry and blackcurrant jam flavors accented with mocha and clove notes. Lovely in the mouth. Great balance on the long finish. 91
Okapi 2012 Estate Jungle Love Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Oak Knoll District, $100.00
422 cases produced
Female:Floral aroma overtones with black currant and blackberry. The floral notes carry over to the palate adding interest to the wine. Lots of fruit here. The oak is balanced. Light bodied but unique and structured. Lively, tasty and very appealing. Soft smooth texture. Very inviting… begs coming back for more. 91
Rocca Family Vineyards 2012 Tesorina Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $160.00
100 cases produced
Female:Smokey aromatic profile with hints of tar and black pepper. Lush dark fruit flavors with good spice and cedar notes. Chewy with lots of tannins. Very firm structure. "Give this baby time!" 91
Stella Monsi 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Howell Mountain, $90.00
25 cases produced

Female:Brioche...wonderfully yeasty aroma with black and red cherries. Yummy in the mouth with nice layers of fruit and spice. The spice keeps on giving on the looong finish. 91
The Winery SF 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
North Coast, $24.99
1000 cases produced
Female:Beautiful incense, raspberry perfume, peppercorns, olives, and black licorice arise from the glass. Beguiling mixture of balsam, black olives, leather, tobacco, dark cherry, and potpourri spice. "Like drinking Christmas!" Nicely aged. Strong structure with a lengthy finish. 91
Timark Wines 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
St Helena, $65.00
25 cases produced

Female:The nose is distinctly Cabernet Sauvignon...vanilla, cocoa powder, mint, floral, dark rich fruit, sweet black cherry with pepper and herbal complements. Dark Bing cherry flavors complemented by pepper and minerals. Delicious fruit on the palate. Nice smooth mouthfeel. Great mid-palate and finish. Chalky texture. Nicely integrated. Lovely acidity. 91
Xanadu 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Margaret River, $30.00
5000 cases produced
Female:Lush and bright. "OMG Bing cherries! The shear dark color of this wine excites me!" Fresh and fruity on the nose with raspberry, caramel, creamy cassis and hints of Eucalyptus. The nose and palate are a little dusty but bright at the same time. Nicely balanced with lovely acidity. 91
3 Steves Winery 2012 Small Lot #2 Cabernet Sauvignon
Livermore Valley, $44.95
170 cases produced

Female:Lush Bing cherries, blueberries and black fruit with hints of tobacco and dried herbs in the glass. Firm acidity on the palate showcases the fruit flavors. A lovely soft and silky fruit filled finish is supported and enhanced by firm tannins. 90
Ackerman Family Vineyards 2008 Estate Stonehaven Cabernet Sauvignon
Coombsville, $95.00
400 cases produced
Female:Sweet and smoky aromatic profile with red cherry, molasses, with a hint of earth and meaty notes. Brushed suede textured palate reveals charred red cherry, black pepper, cedar, and spice notes. Nicely balanced. A masculine wine. 90
Arbios 2010 Arbios Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley, $34.99
1370 cases produced
Female:Blackberry jam, green tea notes and a touch of cola on the nose. The palate mirrors the aromas. Youthful wine that has a long life. 90
AuburnJames 2010 Cabernet Franc
North Coast, $48.00
146 cases produced

Female:Dried herbs, sweet black fruit and a hint of smoke on the nose. A delicate balance of black fruit and wild berry with a touch of sour cherry combine nicely with well placed tannins on the palate. Finishes with style and persistence. 90
AuburnJames 2010 Meritage Artist Series Cabernet Blend
Napa Valley, $95.00
380 cases produced

Female:Peppercorn and black fruit nose with a nice touch of earthiness. Lots of classic Bordeaux flavors on the well defined palate. Finishes with nicely balanced acids and a slight aftertaste of spice and barrel notes. 90
Barboursville Vineyards 2012 Reserve Cabernet Franc
Virginia, $24.99

Female:Violets and lighter black fruit combine with an earthen minerality on the nose. Fresh mountain breezes. Lovely cherry and cranberry fruit core with a lively tartness that works well with the nicely evolving tannins. 90
Barefoot Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon
Argentina, $6.99

Female:Floral and spice nose revealing clove and cinnamon. Wonderful blueberry joins in. Blueberry, blackberry flavors. Soft tannins at first turn into a meaty palate. Velvety in the mouth. Enjoy roasted lamb with an herb de Provence crust and this wine. 90
Buttonwood Grove 2012 Cabernet Franc
Finger Lakes, $16.99
150 cases produced

Female:Violets, black cherry, boysenberry, cigar box, dried star anise, and touch of wax on the nose. The palate is clean and straightforward with dark opulent fruit, some milk chocolate, cherries, and green pepper. Tannins linger on the finish. Light bodied Cabernet Franc. "I like! 90
Campana Ranch 2012 Cabernet Franc
Sonoma County, $49.00
120 cases produced

Female:Gorgeous nose of raspberry jam, violets, light floral perfume, and Dutch chocolate cake. Lovely acid and silky texture. Pure raspberry and toffee with hints of coffee. Generous tannins on the finish. Classy! 90
Cliff Creek Cellars 2009 Claret Sams Valley Vineyard
Southern Oregon/Rogue Valley, $25.00
771 cases produced

Female:Initially the nose is very subtle with cocoa dust and a hint of oak in the background, then sweet cherry and cassis notes with coffee complements reveal themselves. The palate leads with soft blackberry and raspberry flavors showing hints of cedar and spice, then velvety black cherry and plums join in. Firm tannin structure. Round mouthfeel. Nice acidity on the finish. 90
Deerfield 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma Valley, $38.00
800 cases produced

Female:Deep, rich plum and penetrating aromas of mocha, black cherry and coffee bean. Scented black fruit and ripe cherry palate with vanilla coated tannins working to carry the depth of fruit. Gracious and rich and could be enjoyed with a chocolate dessert. 90
Galante Vineyards 2011 Estate Rancho Galante Cabernet Blend
Carmel Valley, $30.00
1200 cases produced

Female:Soft herbal and floral notes surround black cherry and cranberry fruit aromas. The palate reflects the nose. Vibrant fruit on entry. A chalky element joins mid-to-late palate. Dusty tannic structure, yet the finish is mouthwatering. 90
Le Chateau 2012 Certified Sustainable, LIVE and Salmon Safe Cabernet Sauvignon
Columbia Valley, $29.99
111 cases produced

Female:There is a touch of funk on the nose… sewer pipe, but lots of low notes of black plum and black cherry. Fun and inviting. Warm cherry pie flavors on entry with milk chocolate and black tea on the finish. Nice acid. 90
Muscardini Cellars 2011 Madrone Ridge Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma Valley, $48.00
118 cases produced

Female:Sweet, ripe cherry, rhubarb, wild olive, and vanilla notes on the nose. The palate reveals the same flavors… dominated by cherry with bright acidity and soft tannins to round out the mouthfeel and carry the flavor through to a satisfying finish. Nicely integrated. Very nice wine! 90
Muscardini Cellars 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Coombsville, Napa County, $80.00
188 cases produced

Female:Tightly woven notes of black and dried fruit combine with subtle spice and a hint of stone fruit. Palate shows nicely layered red fruit with earth, leather, and roasted herbs. Tannins and well noted and will continue to integrate with further time in bottle. 90
Nottingham Cellars 2012 Ghielmetti Vineyard Cabernet Franc
Livermore Valley, $50.00
100 cases produced

Female:Vanilla and spiced cherry pie filling with back notes of blueberry cobbler and warm vanilla toast on the nose. Compelling notes of cigar box and mint as well. Much of what is found in the nose replicates nicely on an attractive palate. Bracing acidity on the finish. 90
Patriot 2011 Estate McGrail Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
Livermore Valley, $42.00
200 cases produced
Female:The nose is rather un-Cabernet-like showing black pepper up front, then blackberry and black currant come to the fore. The wine is nicely balanced and quite vicious. Big raspberry, blackberry and boysenberry flavors. Suede like tannins and structure. Lovely! 90
PEJU 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $50.00
13547 cases produced

Female:the nose is delicate and closed at first but opens to dark cherry, ripe blackberries, rum, and a touch of flint. Pleasing texture with lush cassis, chocolate and coffee flavors. Balanced, elegant and fresh. This wine is youthful with a long life ahead. 90
Prix Vineyards 2009 Reserve, MJT Block, Estate Bottled Hagafen Cellars, Estate Grown, MJT Block Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $70.00
100 cases produced

Female:Bright extracted blue and black fruit aromas of black cherry, plum, blueberry, cedar, and spice. Full-bodied. Lushly textured palate with solid acidity. Good length. 90
R&B Cellars 2009 Reserve/Lyric of the Vine Bingham Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $50.00
600 cases produced
Female:Very open, generous aromatics...a ripe bowl of berries (strawberry, cherry and raspberry), butter and jam with cinnamon back notes. Balanced mouth feel showing flavors of both youthful and aged Cabernet Sauvignon. Nice structure. Long finish. 90
Redwood Creek Cabernet Sauvignon
California, $7.99

Female:Caramel, boysenberry and rose aromas. Entry replicates the nose with raspberry and boysenberry on the mid-palate. Surprisingly light bodied based on expectations from the aromas. Tannins cling on the finish. A little sister wine… sweet and unassuming. 90
Roberts+Rogers Louer Family Vineyards 2012 Elhers Lane Louer Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
St. Helena AVA, $65.00
1500 cases produced

Female:Aromas of strawberry scones fresh out of the oven with low notes of cocoa. Red fruit on entry with back notes of black tea and a wash of acid. Nice! 90
Soda Rock 2011 The General Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley, $50.00
200 cases produced

Female:Softly perfumed and floral aromas at first notes open upon aeration to blackberry, tea, cedar, incense, bay leaf, and licorice. Predominantly sweet baked fruit on the palate with plum, leather, ginger, and chocolate graham cracker crust. Chocolatey tannins on the long pleasing finish. 90
Soda Rock 2011 Reserve Warm Springs Ranch Cabernet Franc
Dry Creek Valley, $45.00
193 cases produced

Female:A sophisticated and stylish wine with closely knit red fruit, blueberry and barrel spice on the nose. Flavors are nicely distinctive and tell a nice story of the Bordeaux origins of this wine. Black fruit and barrel notes with supporting tannins. Should evolve further very nicely. 90
Sol Rouge Vineyards and Winery 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $75.00
150 cases produced

Female:Tart cherry/rhubarb aromas with hints of cigar box. The palate is lean and angular with nice red fruit accented by dill notes. Deft use of oak. Long lingering finish. 90
Sol Rouge Vineyards and Winery 2011 Cabernet Franc
Lake County, $32.00
150 cases produced
Female:The nose is delicate at first with red berries, black licorice and a touch of oak but then opens upon aeration to reveal ripe plums, apple pie, incense, and cedar aromatics. Great texture. Nice tannins. Dark cherry tobacco and gingersnap flavors with hints of horehound and chocolate mint. 90
Stella Monsi 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $50.00
25 cases produced

Female:Aged Cabernet Sauvignon aromatics at first with some ripe blackberries. On aeration, the nose opens revealing incense, red fruits and peppermint chocolates...Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies. Soft and fleshy on the palate. Rich body and intense flavors. Nicely textured with raspberries and milk chocolate. Full structure with a chewy finish of sandalwood, black tea and sarsaparilla. 90
Triumph Cellars 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $30.00
1000 cases produced

Female:Rich, tart dark cherry with baking spices and milk chocolate covered dark cherry aromas. Sweet dark fruit flavors lead the lush palate, wrapped in spice and caramel notes. Balanced with a chalky finish. 90
Venteux Vineyards 2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $68.00
141 cases produced

Female:Really lovely Cab! Medium bodied, smooth texture, great balance. Bright Bing cherry, dried cherry, dark plum, and blackberry jam aromas replicate on the palate. Vanilla the joins in on the long finish. 90
Angels Landing 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa, $32.00
879 cases produced

Female:Wild and juicy with well developed aromatics of ripe blueberry and black currant. Hint of earth and sandalwood. Palate has great length and depth with layers of both black and red fruit accented by barrel notes. Complex. Well balanced and integrated. A nice example of New World Cabernet. 89
Cameron Hughes Wine 2012 Lot 525 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $29.00
700 cases produced

Female:Dark wild berry with a nice sense of blueberry and baking spice on the nose. Raspberry and dark fruit form a graceful palate with notes of brown spice and toast adding complexity. Well balanced and showing lots of promise down the road. 89
Cameron Hughes Wine 2012 Lot 545 Cabernet Sauvignon
Coombsville, Napa Valley, $29.00
800 cases produced

Female:Bold and dramatically elevated black cherry aromas. Savory and ripe fruit of black cherry and raspberry combine with sweeter spiced notes creating a very alluring palate. Finishes very nicely with still evolving tannins pointing to a nice upside for the future on this wine. Great balance across the board. 89
Cass 2012 Estate Cass Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $45.00
525 cases produced

Female:The nose is fruit forward with cherry, blackberry and a touch of oak spice. The palate shows brambly fruit with an added layer of pomegranate, sour cherry and some cranberry. A full-bodied wine with soft tannins and a lovely lush mouthfeel. The finish is crisp with bright acid. It would be a great food partner. 89
Clautiere Vineyard 2011 Estate Clautiere Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $36.00
250 cases produced

Female:Warm spice with a welcoming black cherry fruit presence on the nose. Palate combines rich cherry with a nice touch of raspberry. A hint of rhubarb. Finishes with some length carrying the fruit mid palate forward. Good support by evolving tannins. 89
Cliff Creek Cellars 2009 Sams Valley Vineyard Cabernet Franc
Southern Oregon/Rogue Valley, $28.00
197 cases produced

Female:Black raspberry and blueberry pie aromas replicate on the lush palate. Juicy and delicious. 89
Deerfield 2010 Reserve Cabernet Franc
Sonoma Valley, $65.00
193 cases produced

Female:Leather and earth combine with strawberry and spiced blueberry to form the core of the aromatic. Spice and dried herbs with consistent black fruit of currant and black cherry form an attractive palate that finishes with some nice Old World charm including black olives. 89
Ecluse Wines 2012 Lock Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $38.00
225 cases produced

Female:The nose is delicate with fruit at the forefront and notes of lavender and eucalyptus. Wonderful balance of oak and fruit. Ripe cherry, milk chocolate, cassis, and black tea flavors. Full and balanced mouthfeel. Nice finish! 89
Field Stone Winery 2012 Wally's Block Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley, $32.00
398 cases produced

Female:The nose is closed at first but opens to wet forest aromas with tart cherry notes in the background. On entry, the palate is classic Cabernet Sauvignon with black currant, cedar, black olive, and licorice. Big structure. Vanilla and toasted marshmallows on the nice tannic finish with wonderful length. 89
Field Stone Winery 2012 Convivio Red Cabernet Blend
Alexander Valley, $12.99
1492 cases produced

Female:Sweet vanilla on the nose with dark berry as it opens. A powdery sweet element draws me in. The black currant flavor is subdued while the vanilla, black tea and licorice come through. The tannins outdo the acidity and cling but time will tame the tannins. For now, enjoy with grilled steak to pair with the tannins. 89
Grayson Cellars 2013 Lot 10 Cabernet Sauvignon
California, $10.00
20000 cases produced

Female:Aromas of light toast and hint of vanilla combine with Bing cherry and light raspberry notes on the nose. Palate is simple and straight forward with a solid core of lighter black fruit with savory roasted herbs and spice on the palate. Well balanced and very quaffable. 89
James Vincent 2011 Estate McGrail Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
Livermore Valley, $65.00
100 cases produced

Female:A perfumed combination of black fruit, ripe red cherry, black currant, black tea, and warm earth form an attractive aromatic. The palate is big and generous with well developed black fruit, a touch of mocha and tannins that are certainly big enough to carry the depth of fruit given sufficient time to evolve. Can be enjoyed now but will go much further with time. 89
Lone Madrone 2010 Chelle Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles/ York Mountain, $60.00
97 cases produced

Female:Bright blackberry and raspberry jam, star anise, cigar box, Darjeeling tea, and tobacco aromas. Muscular and masculine wine with a velvety, silky finish. 89
Lucas & Lewellen 2011 COTE DEL SOL Valley View Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Santa Barbara County, $36.00
1034 cases produced
Female:Dark cherry, cola, tobacco, olive tapenade, and dill aromas. Dark cherry and dark cassis flavors are enhanced by oregano and basil notes - a pleasant surprise. A very refreshing Cabernet Sauvignon. Cool climate? Intriguing and food worthy. 89
Muscardini Cellars 2012 Cassata Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma Valley, $48.00
141 cases produced

Female:Raspberry, plum and black cherry aromas repeat on the palate. Baking spices surround the core of fruit. Nice balance. Well-made. 89
Nottingham Cellars 2012 Supremacy Cabernet Blend
Livermore Valley, $75.00
300 cases produced
Female:Juicy red fruit, sweet blueberry and plum aromas with earthy back notes displaying a hint of tar and minerality. The palate is full bodied with firm tannins, soft acidity and a chalky finish. A youthful wine that will age gracefully. 89
Nottingham Cellars 2012 Vineyard Designate Harris Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon
Livermore Valley, $55.00
100 cases produced

Female:Earthy, horsey, red fruit aromas. Nice! Black cherry flavors are predominant with a lovely wash of acid on the finish. Sip or enjoyed with food. 89
Okapi 2010 Estate Jungle Love Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Oak Knoll District, $100.00
138 cases produced

Female:Nicely layered complex aromatic. Chewy black fruit and vanilla on entry. Beautiful mid-palate. Long and satisfying finish. 89
Pedroncelli 2012 Three Vineyards Dry Creek Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Dry Creek Valley, $18.00
8000 cases produced

Female:Black raspberry aromas replicate on the palate with added black and sour cherry flavors. Lovely soft tannins with coffee on the finish. 89
Pend d'Oreille Winery Inc 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Washington, $21.00
389 cases produced
Female:Vibrant nose, meaty… roast beef and horseradish, peppermint, and tarragon. Meaty plum flavors on entry with tart cherry, milk chocolate, olive tapenade, licorice, and basil layered on the lovely palate. Great texture, acid, structure, and finish. 89
Peterson 2011 Estate Bradford Mountain Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Dry Creek Valley, $39.00
475 cases produced

Female:Aromas of black cherry, blackberry, black raspberries, and a hint of mint. Lush black and red fruit on the palate. Yummy! 89
Peterson 2010 Agraria/Big Barn Red Bradford Mountain Estate Vineyard Cabernet Franc
Dry Creek Valley, $60.00
100 cases produced
Female:A complex and layered wine with earthy, dark cherry tobacco, generous plush black fruit, pine forest elements, juniper berries, and lively menthol aromas that replicate on the palate with plentiful acid, chalky tannins and many miles to go before it reaches its cabin in the woods. There is a tremendous amount of life left in this wine. Enjoy for many years to come. 89
Roberts+Rogers Wines 2012 Los Posadas Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Howell Mountain AVA, $100.00
1000 cases produced

Female:Aromas of sweet blackberry jam, nutmeg, cola, and a wonderful hint of caramel. The palate is bold and full showing dark ripe fruit, cassis, a touch of smoke, and vanilla. Big tannins but well balanced presenting a smooth texture. 89
Westerly Wines 2011 Cabernet Blend
Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara, $75.00
275 cases produced
Female:Lush fruit forward nose of blackberry, plum, rhubarb, and tons of pepper. Super juicy fruit notes lead the palate and are followed by hints of cedar and spice. Mouth filling. Lovely silky and long-lasting finish. 89
AuburnJames 2010 Block #2 Bella Vista Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Calistoga, $75.00
236 cases produced

Female:A big wallop of pine boughs, forest glade, juniper berries and intense pure cigar box aromas emanate from the glass. Black currant flavors are enhanced with menthol and bay leaf accents. Velvety texture. Full fruit with licorice on the finish. This is an intense wine. 88
Cameron Hughes Wine 2012 Lot 502 Cabernet Sauvignon
Spring Mountain, Napa Valley, $25.00
1000 cases produced

Female:Deep purple color in the glass. Blackberry and blueberry aromatic with fennel and campfire notes. This is a BIG wine. Dark black fruit is wound tightly by the substantial oak and grape tannins. Lay this baby down, patience will reward you. 88
Campana Ranch 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma County, $47.00
110 cases produced

Female:Sweet aromas of cherry cola and red cherry soda pop. The palate reflects the nose without the exaggerated sweetness. Nice acid on the finish. "Not typical, but I like it." 88
Claar Cellars 2011 Estate Grown and Bottled, Certified Sustainable LIVE and Salmon Safe White Bluffs Cabernet Sauvignon
Columbia Valley, $24.99
128 cases produced

Female:The nose is fruit forward with back notes of chocolate, spearmint, licorice, and lavender. The palate shows to tart red fruit with peppercorn and meaty back notes. Lots of tannin here. Needs time. 88
Cloak & Dagger 2010 The Assassin Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $75.00
50 cases produced
Female:Sultry dark and sexy nose of plum, rhubarb and blackberry with dusty chocolate, tar, black pepper, and dried herbs. The palate is low-toned, well structured and lengthy with earthy mineral notes underlying the blue and black fruit. 88
Concrete Wine Co 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $75.00
248 cases produced
Female:Sweet and savory aromas showing plum sauce, ripe red fruit, blueberries, and chocolate cupcakes. The palate is full-bodied with rich fruit and big oak and tannins. Will age well. Tasty wine! 88
Field Stone Winery 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley, $16.95
1680 cases produced

Female:The nose is elusive showing black fruit and caramel on opening. The black and sour red fruit flavors balance nicely with the metered acid and tannins. 88
Hovey 2012 Isabel Rasmussen Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Calaveras County, $36.00
245 cases produced
Female:A creamy and sweet nose showing plum and black cherry aromas with hints of toasted oak, cocoa and cedar. Firmly structured. On the palate, lovely chocolate and vanilla hints enhance the bright blackberry and black currant flavors. Nice tannins mid-palate through the finish. 88
J. Rickards 2012 Estate Five Sisters Blend Cabernet Blend
Alexander Valley, $38.00
530 cases produced

Female:Lovely ripe cherry aromas. Lush cherry on entry with black cherry mid-palate. Nice acidity on the long finish. 88
Lucas & Lewellen 2011 Estate Vineyards Valley View Vineyard Cabernet Franc
Santa Barbara County, $26.00
373 cases produced

Female:Wild berry and light black cherry with earth and light brown spice carry the nose. Hints of dill and cracked peppercorn join in. Palate is built around a nice balance of fruit and barrel notes. Finishes bright and lively. 88
Mud Pie 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Mendocino, $16.00
2500 cases produced

Female:Beautiful sandalwood, pomegranate, cranberry, basil, grapefruit and flint on the complex nose. The palate shows olive, tart plum and pumpernickel bread notes. Solid and grippy tannins in this big structured wine. Bitter chocolate finish is long and enjoyable. Built to last but very enjoyable now. 88
Next of Kin 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Margaret River, $20.00
5000 cases produced

Female:Jammy black fruit with subtle raspberry and brown baking spice. Earth and light barnyard noted. Palate is soft and generous with modest tannins around a solid core of black fruit and currant with accents of roasted herbs and sage. Slight green olive note. Just enough acidity to carry the depth of fruit to a pleasing finish. 88
Nottingham Cellars 2012 Vineyard Designate Smith Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon
Livermore Valley, $55.00
100 cases produced

Female:The floral nose leads to a juicy red and black fruit on the palate. Nicely made wine with some sour cherry notes on the finish. 88
Ridge Crest 2013 Certified Sustainable, LIVE and Salmon Safe White Bluffs Cabernet Sauvignon
Columbia Valley, $13.99
1075 cases produced

Female:Mexican chocolate with cinnamon aromas greet you and rise from the glass. Soft tannins show off the black currant, cocoa and molasses flavors enhanced with cedar notes. Fruit, tannins and texture come together nicely. 88
Singer Cellars 2012 B-sharp Cabernet Blend
Napa Valley, $20.00
114 cases produced

Female:Cherry and a touch of vanilla on the nose. Nice layers of fruit and spice on the palate. The oak is a bit prickly now but will he felt nicely. 88
Venteux Vineyards 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $48.00
376 cases produced

Female:Black raspberry on the nose and in the mouth. Black pepper and tar notes join on the finish. Nicely balanced wine. Nice acid. 88
Westerly Wines 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara, $60.00
801 cases produced

Female:Aromas of cedar, cherries, blood orange, and pomegranate open to intense cigar box, cedar, thyme, and plum flavors. Big tannic structure with a lengthy finish. 88
A Jo Elet 2011 Estate McGrail Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
Livermore Valley, $49.00
197 cases produced

Female:Elements of both French and American oak weave toast and vanilla notes into a nicely defined aromatic of fruit and spice. Lovely color to this wine. Dense black fruit dances across the palate with great depth and length which carries through and true to the finish. Tasty. 87
Barboursville Vineyards 2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Virginia, $74.99

Female:Vanilla, coffee, cocoa, herbs, and cassis aromas. Mushrooms and dark earth with dark fruit and herbs on the palate. The finish is dry, but pleasant. 87
Cannonball 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
California, $14.99
50000 cases produced

Female:Yum! Bright fruit...cherry, pomegranate red plum, and fresh red currants on the nose and in the mouth. Juicy, forward and generous. 87
Galante Vineyards 2010 Estate Red Rose Hill Cabernet Sauvignon
Carmel Valley, $40.00
700 cases produced

Female:Seaside aromas and sarsaparilla. Pretty combination of red fruit, black tea and a touch of green olive. The finish is a bit short. I'd like those lovely flavors to continue and continue. 87
Lucas & Lewellen 2011 Estate Vineyards Valley View Vineyard Cabernet Blend
Santa Barbara County, $27.00
752 cases produced

Female:Aromas of olives, herbs and raspberry. Black cherry flavors on entry with green olive back notes. Light strawberry joins the nice tannins on the finish. 87
McGrail Vineyards 2011 Reserve McGrail Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
Livermore Valley, $39.00
1926 cases produced

Female:The subdued nose shows shy blackberry and black pepper. Boysenberry with touches of greenness mid-palate give way to sour cherry, green olives and tannins that hold on through the finish. 87
Muscardini Cellars 2011 BWise Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma Valley, $48.00
232 cases produced

Female:Black fruit compote aromas. Santa Rosa plum and tart cherry on entry and mid-palate with a triple espresso shot on the finish. 87
Rocca Family Vineyards 2012 Grigsby Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Yountville, $85.00
410 cases produced

Female:Oaky and smoky black cherry aromas replicate on the palate. Vanilla and clove notes join in on the finish. "I want a grilled NY strip steak to go with this BIG wine!" 87
Rocca Family Vineyards 2012 Collinetta Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Coombsville, $90.00
300 cases produced

Female:Good definition and layering of spice elements led by blackberry fruit and hint of char form the aromatic. Black fruit, wild berry and loamy earth with a mineral component on the palate. Tannins are very evident on this wine but work their way nicely into a well structured finish. 87
Rodrigue Molyneaux Winery 2010 Reserve Rodrigue Molyneaux Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Livermore Valley, $45.00
75 cases produced

Female:Mint dominates the nose...it's very inviting. Lovely blackberry and cedar join in upon aeration. Replicates on the palate with sour cherry fruit, a hint of greenness, nice tannins and bright acidity. 87
Santa Carolina 2012 Reserva de Familia Cabernet Sauvignon
Colchagua Valley, $20.00
4665 cases produced

Female:Rich earth, dried mushroom, green and red bell pepper aromas accent the dried red fruit core. Nice flavors on entry and mid-palate reflect the nose. "I like this wine, I wish the finish was longer." 87
Singer Cellars 2011 the Song Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $35.00
50 cases produced

Female:Mushroom, damp earth and black currant aromas. Brambly on the palate with cigar box and an interesting smoky character. Toasted notes and blueberry pie flavors on the finish. 87
Singer Cellars 2010 the Song Brauning Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $35.00
82 cases produced

Female:Hint of spearmint and black currant on the nose replicates on the palate. Nice! 87
The Winery SF 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $45.00
300 cases produced

Female:Earth and savory black fruits combine with barrel elements and toast to create the aromatic. Dried red cherry with brown baking spice form the palate which is showing some nice length leading to a satisfying finish. 87
AuburnJames 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $59.00
481 cases produced

Female:Black cherry and burnt coffee aromas. The flavors are mouth coating, almost creamy...cherry compote with herbal notes on the finish. 86
Cameron Hughes Wine 2012 Lot 555 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $29.00
1000 cases produced

Female:Aromas and flavors reminiscent of Smith Bros Wild Cherry Cough Drops. Ripe flavors on the palate. Sour cherry on the finish. 86
Cliff Creek Cellars 2011 Sams Valley Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Southern Oregon/Rogue Valley, $25.00
396 cases produced

Female:Soft cherry, forest floor, mushroom, and a hint of eucalyptus on the nose. Soft cherry flavors on entry with sour cherry on the tart finish. 86
Ehrenberg Cellars 2011 Dixon Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $40.00
85 cases produced

Female:green elements in the nose… Wet forest, Culpepper, and then coffee beans and plums. Dark cherry on the palate with veggie back notes. Smooth and balanced. 86
Santa Carolina 2013 Reserva Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Colchagua, $10.00
22865 cases produced

Female:Inviting aromatics of young red cherry and wild berry. Noted pleasant touch of cocoa and caramel. Palate is precise, an honest core of red fruit is enhanced with cola notes and lighter tannins. Well balanced with bright acidity. 86
Angels Landing 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa, $25.00
1200 cases produced

Female:Rhubarb, cassis, cranberry, and a touch of black olive on the nose. Black cherry, cherry compote flavors on entry then a flood of oak tannins. Needs time to develop. 85
Ehrenberg Cellars 2012 Michael-David Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
Lodi, $35.00
85 cases produced

Female:Ripe blackberry, bay leaf and soy on the nose. A hint of fun Welch's grape jelly. Blackberry jam and raspberry fill out the palate nicely. A hint of barnyard and earth. Enjoyable. 85
Penman Springs Vineyard 2010 Penman Reserve Penman Springs Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $35.00
261 cases produced

Female:Spice and wood aromas open to reveal light black and red berry notes. Black cherry at the core of the palate surrounded by spice notes. Nice acids. 85
Sol Rouge Vineyards and Winery 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Lake County, $32.00
250 cases produced

Female:Lavender aromas lead to tart dark cherry with lots of black pepper and black tea back notes. Big tannins and lots of acid on the finish. 85
Turning Leaf Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
California, $7.99

Female:Ripe plum with fresh picked strawberry combine on the nose. Lighter spice notes. Palate is simple and direct as the strawberry creates a nice core with lighter tannins and fresh acidity. 84
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