Cabernet Shootout Results with Scores

by barbara on February 18, 2014

Cabernet Shootout ChallengeCheck them out here
Cabernet Challenge

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8th Cabernet Shootout Challenge Wrap Up

by barbara on January 25, 2014

8th Cabernet Shootout Challenge
Results here…

Back by popular demand for the 8th time, The Cabernet Shootout continues to attract fabulous wines from great producers.

We taste and assess Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Blends.Each of the wines is more intensely judged than in standard, broadband competitions. Great producers of Cabernet, submit their wines year after year.

A wide array of palates emphasizing both traditional and new media gathered to assess the best Cabernets from all over the world at the Cabernet Shootout Finals on December 14, 2013 in San Francisco, California.

Over 330 wines were entered in the 8th Cabernet Shootout.

Cabernet ShootoutBlind-Tasting.11-300x225 The Cabernet Shootout has numerous winners and attendees to the Cabernet Challenge picked their favorites. The Cabernet Shootout Challenge, attended by 279 Cabernet enthusiasists ~ consumer, press and trade ~ was a remarkable event hosted by the Bay Area Wine Society in partnership with Affairs of the Vine at The Old Mint on Saturday, January 18, 2014. One Brick was amazing in making the entire event run smoothly.

Winemakers, proprietors and winery personnel shared their outstanding Cabernet Sauvignons, Cabernet Francs and Cabernet Blends. Other wines produced by the wineries were also available to taste at their stations.

Cabernet Sauvignon, the king of red wines, is grown in nearly every wine producing region in the world. The Cabernet Shootout judging panel consisting of 26 men and 15 women had the pleasure of tasting 331 Cabernets from 30 different appellations. Read their comments and scores.

Make sure to check out the judging panels “Bang for Your Buck Wines” too, wines selling for under $20 that received 85 points or more. There’s a bunch of them!

* The attendees to the 8th Cabernet Shootout Challenge were involved in the process of judging the wines from their perspective: a most memorable and influential experience.

View our list of panelists.

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The Cabernet Challenge consisted of just 34 of the winning wines from The 8th Cabernet Shootout. These wines were randomly divided into two flights of 17 wines each (Black Team and Silver Team). The Cabernet Shootout Challenge attendees were asked to focus on just one of the flights. The wines were divided randomly, wrapped in aluminum foil, and identified with color stickers.

147 of the wine lovers participated in the Cabernet Shootout and cast their votes.

Instructions to the Cabernet Shootout Challenge Wine Lovers Judging Panel
Professional wine tasters consider the following: Clarity/Appearance, Color, Aroma/Bouquet, Acidity, Sweetness, Body/Texture, Taste/Flavor, Bitterness, Astringency, Finish, Overall Quality.

All that really matters is what you like.

The wine lovers made notes and then cast their votes by putting chips in the ballot boxes of their favorite wines. The chips were gender specific.

Black Team

AQUA Sol Rouge 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Lake County $32

BEIGE William Hill 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley $40

BLUE GREEN AuburnJames 2009 Artist Series Meritage, Napa Valley $85

BURGUNDY Estate 1856 2011 Bordeaux Blend, Sonoma County $38

CHARTREUSE Ecluse Wines 2011 Ensemble Cabernet Blend, Paso Robles $42

DENIM Steven Kent 2010 Home Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon, Livermore Valley $65

DUSTY ROSE Field Stone 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley $18.99

GOLD BOYANCI 2010 Stagecoach Vineyards Cabernet Blend, Napa Valley $110

GREEN Timark 2010 Rafael Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Oak Knoll $65

GUNMETAL Cass Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles $45

LIGHT PINK Cameron Hughes 2011 Lot 418 Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville $25

LIGHT YELLOW Artiste Winery Chaise Bleue Cabernet Blend, Santa Barbara County $38

LILAC Clif Family Winery 2010 Kit’s Killer Cab Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley $50

PERIWINKLE Jamieson Ranch 2011 Double Lariat Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley $50

PUMPKIN Rocca Family 2010 Grigsby Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Yountville $85

TEAL Lucas and Lewellen 2010 Valley View Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Santa Barbara County $27

WHITE Estate 1856 2011 Barrel Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County $42

Silver Team

BLACK Cliff Creek Cellars 2008 Estate Sams Valley Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Southern Oregon $28

BLUE Penman Springs 2009 Reserve Penman Springs Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles $35

COBALT Chateau Margene 2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles $68

DARK GREEN Gallo Signature Series 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley $40

GRAY Cameron Hughes 2011 Lot 450 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley $27

HOT PINK J. Rickards 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley $38

LIGHT BLUE Enoteca Five 2011 Silvaspoons Vineyard Cabernet Franc, Lodi $28

LIME GREEN Deerfield Ranch 2007 Cabernet Franc, Sonoma Valley $58

MAGENTA Deerfield Ranch 2008 Cabernet Franc, Sonoma Valley $58

ORANGE BOYANCI Inspire 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley $60

ORCHID BOYANCI Inspire ROMAnce 2011 Stagecoach Vineyards Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley $65

PEACH Bridlewood Estate 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles $15

RED Louer 2011 Louer Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, St. Helena $35

TAN The Winery San Francisco 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley $45

TURQUOISE Rocca Family 2010 Estate Collinetta Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Coombsville $85

WEDGEWOOD En Garde 2011 Ghielmetti Vineyard Cabernet Franc, Livermore Valley $48

YELLOW The Steven Kent Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Livermore Valley $48

Our panel is very fortunate indeed to have the opportunity to taste these wonderful wines and we are very cognizant of the fact that our conclusions matter and have impact, so we take our responsibility very seriously.

Affairs of the Vine’s Shootouts are the only competition in which the judges’ conclusions are put to the test by an unbiased panel of wine lovers.

The comments on the wines at The 8th Cabernet Shootout Challenge were amazing and the discussions engaging but in the end, each person voted their own palate. All of the wines were winners, all receiving many, many votes.

The Cabernet Shootout Challenge attendees agreed with the panel…the wines tasted were fantastic!

And now…the findings!

Male Cabernet Shootout Judging Panel
1st PlaceRocca Family 2010 Estate Collinetta Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Coombsville $85
Two Wines Tied for 2nd Place - 3 Steves Winery 2011 Cabernet Franc, Cienega Valley $35
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Deerfield Ranch 2008 Cabernet Franc, Sonoma Valley $58
3rd Place -Estate 1856 2011 Bordeaux Blend, Sonoma County $38

Female Cabernet Shootout Judging Panel
1st Place - Artiste Winery Chaise Bleue Cabernet Blend, Santa Barbara County $38
2nd Place – Louer 2011 Louer Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, St. Helena $35
3rd Place – Lucas & Lewellen 2010 Estate Valley View Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Santa Barbara County $27

Male Wine Lovers
1st Place – AuburnJames 2009 Artist Series Meritage, Napa Valley $85
2nd Place – BOYANCI Inspire 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley $60

3rd Place – Gallo Signature Series 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley $40

Female Wine Lovers
1st Place – AuburnJames 2009 Artist Series Meritage, Napa Valley $85
2nd Place – Enoteca Five 2011 Silvaspoons Vineyards Cabernet Franc, Lodi $28
3rd Place – Gallo Signature Series 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley $40

Male & Female Wine Lovers agreed on their absolute favorite and their 3rd favorite. (Wow! Is that unusual or what?)

Look for these wines at your local fine wine retailer or online. Share them with friends and those you love. They are all well worth seeking out and tasting.

Taste and enjoy them all if you’re fortunate enough to have the opportunity. Keep buying your old favorites but try new ones too. When you find a style you like, try other wines that are similar. Do you like this wine as much? See if you can determine the similarities in the wines you like best. Is it appellation? Winemaking style? Winemaker?

If you have difficulty finding them at your local retailer, feel free to email Affairs of the Vine. We will be happy to put you in touch with someone at the winery who can help you acquire the wines that entice you.

So what do these wines have in common? Everyone one of these wines is outstanding!

Our Mantra: Trust Your Own Palate

Read reviews but remember it’s your palate that counts. Try to find a wine critic who commends wines that you like. Don’t feel that you have to like the wines that wine critics praise. Don’t be intimidated! If a movie reviewer gives 5 stars to a film, do you feel that you’re unsophisticated if you don’t like it too? Wine is no different. Personal preference is what counts. So drink and enjoy what you like. At Affairs of the Vine we say, “If you like the way it looks and you like the way it smells and you like the way it tastes…its good wine. So use our recommendations as a guide but you are the authority of what provides “Love at First Sip” for you.

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