9th Cabernet Shootout Results
Scores: Women 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

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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