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The Cabernet Shootout...
A Wine Challenge


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Grampa Moses Vineyards 2004 Grampa Moses Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma County, $41.00
125 cases produced

(97)
Male: Berry and maraschino cherry-big cherry on the nose. A seductive, wine with voluptuous sweet fruit-plum skins and licorice, finishing with toasty, yummy oak.

Female: The aroma is overt, layered blackberry jam, currant and green olive. A youthful wine with blackberry and crushed herbs on the palate and well integrated oak on the long satiny finish.
Peterson 2004 Bradford Mountain Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Dry Creek Valley, $32.00
350 cases produced

(97)
Male: The color is rich-deep garnet with blackberry and leather on the nose. This is a huge wine with an intense opening, great structure, good grip and depth. The finish is bold finish. Enjoy this wine with grilled meats.

Female: This well structured wine has a complex nose of cedar, berries, anise seed, enoki mushroom, and dill from the oak. Red raspberry, plum a hint of peppermint, and cherry on the palate with tart pomegranate and herbs join late. Medium acid and tannins.
Slow Lane Cab 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $25.00
977 cases produced

(97)
Male: The color of this well-balanced Cabernet Sauvignon is medium to dark ruby with lovely ripe blackberry and cassis flavors. There are big tannins on the finish but this wine will age beautifully.

Female: Roasted coffee beans dominate the nose. Dense blackberry cassis in the mouth with huge tannins! Powerful and beautifully structured with nice oak integration and a lasting finish...wow!
Forth 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dry Creek, $33.00
560 cases produced

(95)
Male: This dark, inky, opaque wine is big and concentrated. The complex nose shows tobacco and cigar box, red berry and currant, dusty dried herbs and a cassis edge with a hint of yeast. The flavors are concentrated with black cassis forward, ripe black fruits on the mid palate. The mouth is full and rich with spicy accents. The finish is focused finish. Great age potential.

Female: Darkly hued with a deep berry nose. The fruit is exceedingly ripe with heavy caramel notes on the finish.
Frank Family Vineyards 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $45.00
6,500 cases produced

(95)
Male: Classic Cabernet nose of fruit and earth, very Bordeaux-like. Great dark fruit with leather spice accents.

Female: Warm cherry compote on the nose, lush pretty berries and pepper spice on the palate, finishing bright with cassis and anise notes. Elegance and power.
2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Central Coast 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon
Central Coast, $14.00
21,000 cases produced

(95)
Male: Rich, lush black cherry and black plum layered with tar and licorice front to finish. Good acidity, soft mouthfeel. Lots of oak. Very good structure and finish.

Female: Very ripe fruit in the nose. On the palate brown spices, nutmeg and cinnamon take center stage with wild berry flavors. There are clove notes on the finish.
Kendall-Jackson 2004 Napa Mountain Highland Estates Cabernet Sauvignon
Mount Veeder, Napa Valley, $60.00
422 cases produced

(95)
Male: Purple with a ruby rim, this wine is medium dark opaque in color. The integrated nose of cassis, olive, dried, dusty white spice and white chocolate portends the big mouth of dark plum and cassis with bold herbs and spices on entry. The flavors become more complex in the mid-palate herb with leathery tannins developing into a refined finish.

Female: Sweet vanilla, almost molasses, over black cherry on the nose. Concentrated black cherry with a touch of tar mid-palate announces the crescendo of dense but disciplined tannins.
Starmont 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $27.00
37,500 cases produced

(95)
Male: A complex Bordeaux like nose - dusty with white spice, olive, bell pepper, cassis, dried herb, and red berry The complex nose delivers a layered palate. Coffee on entry with red berry and other elements and are dry mid-palate and then open to a thick, juicy finish.

Female: The blueberry nose delivers candy apple, red cherry and blueberry on ther palate. Nice balance and tannins.
Murphy-Goode Winery 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley, $35.00
2,400 cases produced

(95)
Male: Complex earth, leather and berry fruit on the nose. Huge opulent blackberry fruit on a powerful tannic frame. This wine is built for long-term aging.

Female: Dark fruit aromas. Cherry and black cherry in the mid-palate with hints of cedar and herbs that carry through to the big and bold finish.
RHR (Red Head Ranch) 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $29.00
926 cases produced

(95)
Male: Medium ruby in color, ripe and delicious black fruits aromas and flavors displaying integrated oak. Great balance!

Female: Aromas of coffee and almonds pull you in. The flavors are cassis and dark berry layered with spices and leather. Anicely structured wine with subtle oak notes on the finish-layered and complex.
Ridgeline Vineyards 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley, $39.99
4257 cases produced

(95)
Male: A big nose displaying brawny cassis, plum, cherry, tar, and some dustiness with almost meaty (raw) and oak notes too. The palate is complex with layers of cedar, cassis, black plum, chocolate, berry, and light herb in the background. The wine is deep and earthy, big and rich.

Female: This wine is round and well balanced with nice acid and tannins. The red fruit shows black tea on the finish. Elegant! style El-eucalyptus nose, herbal notes upon entry, core of cassis with licorice accents, balanced & clean prelims F=87, 86 BD-graham cracker, nice balance, lighter flavors, good food wine-beef SJD-lean and peppery, with not much fruit, but nice mouth feel
Rodney Strong Vineyards 2004 Alexander Valley, Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley, $25.00
13,700 cases produced

(95)
Male: The nose is cool and aloof but opens to plum and cigar box with cherry vanilla oak notes. Cherry and eucalyptus flavors. Nice! Tannins are tight...age for 3 years and then drink.

Female: Eucalyptus and cherry nose. Cherry and berry explodes on the palate. Tobacco notes add complexity. Bright and pretty.
White Rock Vineyards 2003 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $50.00
1,250 cases produced

(95)
Male: Black cherry, black tea and iodine aromas. The ripe fruit flavors are deep and intense, with good acidity and grip. Well made. Good structure. Will age well.

Female: A youthful wine with blackberries, green olives, bay leaf, and green pepper on the light nose. The body is velvety with dominant blackberry flavors. Medium plus acid with a full flavored mid-palate. Medium plus grape tannins and nicely integrated oak show on the long finish.
Bianchi 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $22.00
935 cases produced

(94)
Male: Bright raspberry upfront on the nose joined by intriguing forest floor and mushroom. High tones of that same raspberry and a hint of fun flavors on palate. Great acid. Age worthy-drink over the next 5-7 years.

Female: Vanilla, plum and celery on the nose; very juicy on the front palate. Dark fruit builds with cola and black pepper back notes. Well balanced with a smooth mouthfeel all the way through.
Casa De Caballos Vineyards Chocolate Lily 2004 Secret Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $30.00
100 cases produced

(94)
Male: A briary expanse of blueberry and raspberry on the nose, comes together with plenty of drive and finesse. A very natural tasting Cabernet.

Female: The nose is rich with chocolate, cherry jam, cedar, and roses with pronounced cherry on the palate. Tobacco, medium acid and medium tannin on the long, enjoyable finish that displays some wonderful spicy fruit.
Smith & Hook 2005 Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon
Central Coast, $30.00
3,541 cases produced

(94)
Male: Dusty plum on nose. Rich and ripe blackberry fruit nicely accented with oak and soft tannins. An all around workhorse with persistent oak. There is a nice balance between winemaking and nature.

Female: Deep dark cherry with hints of maple, vanilla and milk chocolate aromas. Juicy raspberry, tobacco and dusty Mexican chocolate on the palate. Medium acid that is slow to build. Well balanced between tannins, pleasant fruit and acidity.
Bin 36 Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon
Central Coast, $16.00
2,552 cases produced

(94)
Male: Deep sapphire color. Currants and coffee on the nose evolving into full, rich, ripe fruit flavors with dark blackberry being dominant. Good structure, solid fruit and a big fruit finish. Straddles elegance with power.

Female: The nose is smoky toasted oak with pretty raspberry and blackberry flavors underlying chocolate notes. Velvety front to back.
Huntington 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon
California, $17.00
2,500 cases produced

(94)
Male: The nose is nice, pleasant plum and black cherries...has a merlot quality and eucalyptus on the back. In the mouth there is lots of deep cassis extract, a slew of oak tannins exuding a full-bodied sexiness (due in no small part to oak!)

Female: Slight barnyard aromas are followed by alluring cassis and Asian spice tones. This wine has very luscious fruit. It's a bit erotic.
Pedroncelli 2005 Block 007 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dry Creek Valley, $25.00
950 cases produced

(94)
Male: A very well balanced, seamless wine with the fruit and oak in harmony. The long finish is truly enjoyable. This is not bold, but a lovely wine.

Female: Km-garnet core, translucent, garnet rim – spice box, blackberries, leather, coffee, cocoa, vanilla, medium+ tannin, body is flabby, blackberries, medium acid, integrated alcohol but flat not layered flavors Deep blue-purple color with nice weight and mouthfeel. Full fruit on the mid-palate with a nice spice complement.
Pelton House 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon
Knights Valley, $45.00
1,400 cases produced

(94)
Male: In the glass, the color is medium ruby with blackberry and currant aromas. Then soft attack on the palate resounds of coffee and mocha. Soft, round mouth feel with good structure.

Female: The espresso bean nose is enticing! Cassis and black cherry layered with tobacco and coffee on ther mid-palate. Intense flavor profile with firm tannins. Yum!
Rosenthal - The Malibu Estate 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon
Malibu - Newton Canyon, $38.00
1,680 cases produced

(94)
Male: In the glass, the wine is purple with a pink rim and is medium-dark opaque. The aromas that waft from the glass are barnyard, red cherry, cassis, red currant, brown spices and some dried basil. The pleasant entry of cherry, light herb and currant flavors are a bit dry mid-palate but then deliver a deep, rich and darker finish. Nice!

Female: Herbaceous aromas with roses and hay dominant. The wine displays an Old World style. Spicy black cherry in the mouth with a burst of dark berry, anise and herbs mid-palate with cedar notes and noticeable tannins on the lingering finish.
Signorello Vineyards Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $45.00
2,163 cases produced

(94)
Male: The wine is a medium dark opaque ruby with a pink rim. The aromas of green herbs and young oak notes underscore the berry and cherry on the nose. The wine is juicy with cherry, black plum, black currant and nice dried herbs and spices in the mouth. This is a well made wine, smooth mid-palate with an integrated finish.

Female: Concentrated berry note with herbal accents take hold on entry delivering smoky and spicy cherry flavors with a lovely finish.
Gallo Family Vineyards Estate 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon
Northern Sonoma, $80.00
967 cases produced

(93)
Male: Beautiful deep color. Well balanced nose with good tropical fruit to oak ratio carrying through onto the palate with good fruit and tannin. Pleasant from wall to wall but doesn't define any sense of place.

Female: Red fruit in the nose with oak notes up front. Soft and easy cherry and berry on the palate. Medium bodied and varietally correct.
Ecluse: ENSEMBLE 2005 Bordeaux-style Cabernet Blend
Paso Robles, $38.00
475 cases produced

(93)
Male: Black cherry, date and tar aromas and flavors. The flavors march through the lively entry through the clean, tapered finish.

Female: Dense dark berries on the nose. Lush fruit in the mouth...blackberry and cassis. The palate is rich and full. A structured wine with plenty of power, yet balanced.
Forth 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dry Creek, $21.00
1260 cases produced

(93)
Male: Blackberry, black tea, leather, and cherry cola aromas deliver the same with a rich, syrupy, texture to the palate. Roasted accents are added mid-palate with a sweet finish. One of our panelists noted, "A cabernet I can learn to love. Spans the gamut of sweetness and earthiness, great with food. Nice acid and backbone to stay around awhile.

Female: Cedar and Asian spice aromas with plum and black currant flavors. Good acidity and well integrated tannins.
Mettler Family Vineyards 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon
Lodi, $24.99
1,100 cases produced

(93)
Male: Graham cracker, sweet vanilla and wood spice on the nose with sweet cherry backnotes. Ripe and rich in flavor with red and black cherry continuity, fine well-structured tannins with black fruit through the tapered finish.

Female: Concentrated ripe berry aromas, sweet ripe boysenberry fruit. Simple and easy to enjoy. All about the fruit.
Halter Ranch 2004 Halter Ranch Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $28.00
1,712 cases produced

(93)
Male: Raspberry, currant, licorice and dark fruit in the glass and in the mouth. Good acidity and depth. Dense fruit, rounded in the middle with excellent aging potential, Bordelaise-like big finish.

Female: Pretty blueberry and blackberry fruit aromas and flavors. A big finish with lingering tannins. One to cellar.
Madfish 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon-Shiraz
Western Australia, $14.00

(93)
Male: In the glass, the beautiful medium ruby color invites you to enjoy the herbal, black fruit aromas with sweet oak accents. Good balance, firm structure, and rounded tannins make this a very well made wine.

Female: Spicy, minty and crushed fruit aromas deliver gobs of fruit in the mouth. The mint is apparent throughout. Serve with lamb and you won't need any mint jelly! A very appealing wine.
JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $26.00
25,000 cases produced

(93)
Male: Currants and leather on the short and sweet nose. Coffee and vanilla flavors with a creamy palate. Juicy on the great mid-palate. Full swing of flavors. Very persistent mid-palate. A youthful but not arrogant wine with a nice hint of brett.

Female: Caramel and vanilla with plum and cherry in the background on the nose. The clean acid hits right after the fruit confirming the black currant flavors. Stair step finish on this well balanced wine.
Kenwood Vineyards 2004 Jack London Vineyard Cabernet
Sonoma Valley, $35.00
11,525 cases produced

(93)
Male: Deep crimson in color with an intense black cherry and blackberry nose. The opening is ripe and huge with a solid structure. "There is a charismatic meaty quality with some fig-iness on the nose, that makes me smile," wrote one of judges. These is an interesting balance of peppery olive elements and a sweet, warm caramel quality. Delightful!

Female: A nicely balanced wine. The plum nose has notes of cedar green and black pepper, and black tea. This youthful Bordeaux-style wine has racy acids and medium tannins that serve the wine well on the very pleasing finish.
Madrona Vineyards 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon
El Dorado, $18.00
937 cases produced

(93)
Male: A nice wine. Its got it all, start to finish. This is the complete package, raspberry, currant, dark cherry, pepper, and mint on the nose with a stellar mouthfeel and length.

Female: Aromas of smoke, chocolate and coffee with briary notes. There's more on the palate-pencil shavings and integrated oak with cassis. Ripe fruit yet gripping with tobacco on the finish. High tannins yet acid is right there. Well balanced.
Merryvale 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $50.00
3,750 cases produced

(93)
Male: A very pleasing wine with mint, cherry, and bread pudding on the nose and then there's more...tons of coffee, vanilla bean and cigar. Its true cab with great lay down potential.

Female: The color is deep dark garnet with aromas of deep plum, caramel and vanilla with ntegrated woodsy smells. Good juicy plum and raspberry flavors. Very pleasant on the palate with medium acid and medium tannins on the lingering finish. Will continue to improve over the next 3-5 years.
RHR (Red Head Ranch) 2004 Old Bailey Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $40.00
150 cases produced

(93)
Male: Deep blood red in color. Black cherry and anise aromas and flavors. A big, intense and very ripe wine. Very concentrated with good depth and a sharp, dark finish. Youthful and still very tight. Will only get better with age.

Female: The nose of molasses, vanilla, cassis and berry are confirmed on the palate. Lots of red and black plum flavors with medium acid, medium tannin and a juicy finish.
Rodney Strong Vineyards 2004 Symmetry Red Meritage
Alexander Valley, $55.00
2,436 cases produced

(93)
Male: This is a big, young wine with deep dark color. The nose is berry and cedar. Lots of tannins and acid but there is plenty of fruit to carry them. Should age well.

Female: The cocoa nose repeats on the palate with a focused dark berry core. Tobacco notes weave throughout. Rich decadent and powerful with plenty of tannins. Age worthy.
Ronan Cellars 2005 Lakeview Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
San Antoino Valley, $18.00
150 cases produced

(93)
Male: Fun raspberry, strawberry jam and other primary berry flavors on the nose with a green note. There is an elusive sweetness on the palate that persists with pleasure and immense drinkability. A lighter style.

Female: Raspberry and black pepper with pretty floral overtones on the nose, plum on the palate with light coffee and raspberry elements. Lovely wine with well integrated tannins and medium acid. Pretty from front to back.
Elivette 2001 Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Spring Mountain District, $115.00
3,200 cases produced

(93)
Male: Garnet in the glass with black tea, raspberry, rhubarb, and mushroom scents. The opening is solid revealing ripe and persistent fruit. The wine is focused but rounded with wonderful lingering fruit on the finish. Great balance!

Female: In the glass this slightly cloudy brick red wine delivers huge aromatics. The mouth is full and luscious with rhubarb and molasses underlying the dark plum and currant flavors. Balanced with nice acidity and a moderately tannic finish.
Hess Collection Mountain Cuvee 2004 Cabernet Blend
Mount Veeder, Napa Valley, $35.00
15,000 cases produced

(93)
Male: Wow! There are substantial tannins = both grape and oak apparent. There is some sweet fruit mostly plum in the mouth with cigar box and dill on the finish.

Female: Bordelaise complexity. The herbaceous nose has a light and playful exhange on the palate with mixed berry flavors which then take center stage. Tannins accented by anise build to a crescendo-like finish.
Wilson Winery 2004 Sydney Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Dry Creek Valley, $48.00
260 cases produced

(93)
Male: A well balanced wine with blackberry, vanilla and oak aromas. Black cherry, tar and leather notes on the palate. Medium tannins on the long, pleasant finish.

Female: Aromas of cedar and cassis follow through onto the palate and are complemented by flavors of molasses on the finish. Nice weight.
JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery 2004 Isosceles, Paso Robles, $60.00
11,500 cases produced

(92)
Male: Rich and balanced. The nose is predominantly cherry. The Cabernet Sauvignon fruit shows through with cocoa, coffee and dark berry on the palate and long enjoyable finish.

Female: Inviting aromas of cinnamon spice with cedar notes introduce you to this Bordeaux-style blend. The entry is earthy accented by meaty and spicy notes with licorice on the finish.
Rapture 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon
Lodi, $59.00
600 cases produced

(92)
Male: Deep black color with a huge nose of layered aromas...licorice, black cherry and Bing cherry, anise and tar. Massive opening, very fruit forward. A very expressive wine. Concentrated flavors with a big finish.

Female: Really opaque with a black center and garnet rim. Concentrated aromas of blackberries, biscotti and fennel enhamced by chocolate and coffee elements. The palate is lush and ripe with pretty velvety blackberries. Balanced with layered fruit and wood.
Owl Ridge 2004 Brigden Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma County, $55.00
300 cases produced

(92)
Male: Great age worthy color. Ripe and spicy with high acidity and lingering tannins on the finish.

Female: Earthy and barnyard aromatics with a hint of tobacco. Surprisingly lifted on the palate with red cherry at the core. Earthiness dominates the finish in this very old world-like style Cabernet Sauvignon.
Pedroncelli 2004 Three Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
Dry Creek Valley, $14.50
8,000 cases produced

(92)
Male: Light aromas of black currant and red fruits deliver pure red fruit play (raspberry, red cherry, red currant) in the mouth. Wood, spice, soft alcohol, and high acidity on the palate.

Female: Herbal notes in the nose. Light fruit on entry-cherry, rhubarb pie, anise notes carry through to the finish where you will experience silky tannins. Polished with the right amount of acid.
Bray Vineyards 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon
Shenandoah Valley of California, $24.00
92 cases produced

(91)
Male: Ripe red cherry, cassis and rhubarb flavors with brown spice accents. A well integrated wine with nice fruit on the finish.

Female: A smoky nose and palate. Enjoy with smoked foods! Nice dark plum fruit entry layered with eucalyptus mid-palate through the finish.
Hans Fahden 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma County, $25.00
2,435 cases produced

(91)
Male: BH-mocha/cacao, ? EAV-ruby, pink rim, med opaque, raw meat, mown grass, medicinal, olive, bell pepper, salt and red berry on a little nose, light entry not overly complex berry, salty herb mid, little finish MRC-Nose: sweet vanilla and wood, compelling with its freshness Mouth: smooth, won’t last 5yrs but a good drinker now, though might be too tough to pair well Cherry and cassis with graham cracker and sweet wood on the nose. Velvety tactility. Exceedingly pleasant.

Female: Roasted coffee aromas evolve into wine with a hearty structure...cassis and pepper with a touch of tobacco nicely balanced with firm tannins.
Howard Park Wines 2005 Leston Cabernet Sauvignon
Margaret River, Western Australia, $25.00

(91)
Male: Perfumed black raspberry and Santa Rosa plum aromas. Herbal but juicy entry of cassis, cherry giving way to a dusty finish.

Female: Minty with eucalyptus and menthol on the nose. Menthol and cherry cough drops on opening. Pretty fruit! Delicate and balanced with soft tannins.
Mazzocco Sonoma 2003 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Reserve
Dry Creek, $50.00
250 cases produced

(91)
Male: Freshly crushed raspberry, dusty green herbs, chocolate and coconut on the nose. Red cherry fruit on the palate followed by a spicy finish.

Female: Plum, coffee and mochachino aromas. Mouth-coating tannins with nice mouth watering acid. Cherry in the mouth, nice. A real crowd pleaser.
Oliver Winery 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon
68% Oregon, 32% California, $18.00
1,218 cases produced

(91)
Male: Dark in color, this is a rich and complex wine displaying blackberry, chocolate and anise on the nose and in the mouth, finishing with fine tannins.

Female: Rich black cherry & blackberry aromas and flavors. Oak is deftly used bringing out delicious vanilla notes. Nice fruit. Nice tannin. Nicely balanced. This is a very interesting wine with 68% of grapes coming from California and 32% from Oregon and the wine is made in Indiana!
Dominio de Malpica 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon
Tierra de Castilla, Spain, $16.00
5,000 cases produced

(91)
Male: The color is light ruby with some browning at the edges. The nose is leather and blackberry and opens with intenseness and ripeness on the palate. This wine has solid structured middle with great density, depth and grip on the focused and impressive long finish.

Female: There are slight barnyard and crushed herb aromas. The body is light body without much mid-palate at first but this wine then opens and late blooms with good solid fruit and a balanced finish.
Stratton Lummis 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $27.99
5,000 cases produced

(91)
Male: Black raspberry, currant and dry earth aromas deliver a wine of depth with red and black fruits. The tannins are dense yet fine. The wine has continuity and length with a nice lift mid-palate.

Female: The aromatics are restrained at first but open to black plum enhanced with oregano and majoram. Cranberry, cherry and red currant flavors enhanced by dried oregano and dusty notes mid palate. The finish is quite tight.
Brassfield Estate Winery 2005 High Serenity Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon
High Valley, $19.99
3,864 cases produced

(90)
Male: The color is pure black sapphire. Plum abounds though there are some Christmas cookie aromas, almost sugary on the nose. Crushed black pepper and toasty oak join on the soft middle through the big, full finish.

Female: The color is purple garnet with a pink-purple rim. This translucent wine has a cola, rosemary, licorice, raspberry jam nose with flavor notes of raspberry coated with dark coffee. The mid-palate is a bit lean with a medium finish, and medium plus acid and tannins.
McWilliams Hanwood Estate 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon
Southeastern Australia, $12.00
90000 cases produced

(90)
Male: A beautiful sapphire color in the glass. Toasty oak aromas with eucalyptus open to a tangy palate of red fruits. The finish is dry finish with notes of licorice and molasses.

Female: In the glass, the wine is deep garnet, purple and translucent with a garnet rim. The nose is many layered...pepper, lavender, chocolate, cherry, meat, dill pickle, charred wood and–a big yum!–raspberry. The palate is chocolate cherry. This wine is well balanced with medium acid and tannin. The oak and alcohol are fully front to back. The long finish is nice.
Ecluse 2005 Lock Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $28.00
350 cases produced

(90)
Male: Rich blackberry fruit aromas with clove and chocolate accents are delivered onto the palate with nice oak elements. The long finish displ aysmenthol and spice.

Female: Km-purple, cloudy, purple rim, Geranium, sorbate Ddf-cardboard box, geranium, lethal acetate, shows on front palate Vanilla, caramel and ripe raspberry fruit on the palate with medium acid and slow building tannins. Nicely balanced. Drink now and over the next 3-4 years.
Givich Vineyards 2004 SP3 Cabernet Sauvignon
El Dorado County, $40.00
407 cases produced

(90)
Male: Rich red cherry, Santa Rosa plum and roast beef aromas and flavors. Lively yet weighty, like a rugby player in a tutu!

Female: A bit of barnyard on the nose with hints of mocha. Bright tart fruit with chalky tannins. Pleasant front to back.
Cycles Gladiator 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon
California, $9.99
15,000 cases produced

(90)
Male: The red berry nose carries through on the palate with very nice red fruit elements, finishing with smooth tannins. Very drinkable.

Female: The herbal spicy nose delivers herbaceous flavors on palate with cassis at the core. Light, delicate and balanced.
Kendall-Jackson 2005 Jackson Estates Grown Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma County, $26.00
50,000 cases produced

(90)
Male: The intriguing non-grapey nose is very expressive. This is a good example of how grapes can produce a complex liquid drink. Blackberry, oak and vanilla. There is more oak than berry fruit on the finish.

Female: Clear, purplish brown in the glass. Cedar and dark plum fruit on the nose and palate. Oak and tannins are still prominent on the finish.
Atalon Winery 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $40.00
3,500 cases produced

(90)
Male: Black plums and youthful tannins on the palate. Sweet oak in nose with a hint on the palate. Pair with roast duck or rare venison with a berry or cherry sauce seasoned with cinnamon, white pepper and brown spices.

Female: The expressive nose is definitively raspberry and cassis. Cherry and black cherry in the mouth. Tannins are drying at present but will improve with age.
Stonestreet Alexander Mountain Estate 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley, $42.00
6,500 cases produced

(90)
Male: Opaque color with ripe and concentrated black currant and cassis on the nose. Sweet fruit, soft texture and a round, somewhat tannic finish. Should smooth out with time.

Female: Very young! Lots of tannin but there is dark fruit to carry it. Needs time but I think this is one I want to buy for my cellar to lay down.

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Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley, $19.00
57,000 cases produced

(89)
Male: Barnyard with red berry, cassis and plum on nose. The barnyard entry reveals big berry, currant and cassis with chocolate notes overtaking but not obscuring the barnyard element. Juicy dark fruit with good viscosity. Tar and herb in finish.

Female: A bit of funky barnyard on the nose with meaty, ripe cherry fruit. The palate exhibits dark plum, espresso and coffee on opening and delivers medium and slow building acidity with well balanced tannins.
Artesa 2004 Cabernet Sauvgnon
Napa 56%, Sonoma 44%, $23.99
16773 cases produced

(89)
Male: The aromas of spicy plum, black cherry and licorice emerge on the palate. The entry is round with nice texture and density. The wine is bright with fine tannins and a fleshy finish.

Female: The cassis and spice aromas pull you in delivering the same onto the palate. Red fruit finishing with mocha notes. Nicely balanced.
Cass 2005 Cass Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $42.00
700 cases produced

(89)
Male: Ripe blackberry with dark chocolate aromas and underlying mint. The sweet opening is very ripe black cherry. Nice structure.

Female: Spicy dark fruit with dusty chocolate overtones, anise on finish Youthful but balanced. Yummy! Lay this down and enjoy over the next several years.
Sesquipedalian 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon
Mendocino County, $30.00
420 cases produced

(89)
Male: Raspberry, plum and dusty cocoa aromas and flavors. Medium rich flavors with high alcohol, racy acids and firm tannins.

Female: Light cocoa, coffee, peppermint, vanilla, and red fruit aromas. Coffee on the front of the palate opening to juicy red berry fruit. Light in body with medium acid and tannins. Balanced.
Black Swan 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon
Southeastern Australia, $8.00
178000 cases produced

(89)
Male: The nose displays slightly jammy fruit-red cherry with rhubarb. Ripe strawberry black fruit and tar dominate the full, open entry and continues through the considerable length.

Female: Cranberry and ripe cherry start to finish. Not complicated but a nicely made wine.
Educated Guess 2005 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $20.00
18,000 cases produced

(89)
Male: Great nose leading to flavors of blackberry and plum. Full bodied with a long, rich finish.

Female: Black tea, dill, eucalyptus, sweet plum, and sweet cherry aromas lead to a lush, ripe, velvety palate loaded with black cherry, lavender, eucalyptus, and menthol. Nice long finish. This will age well!
Honig 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $40.00
15,000 cases produced

(89)
Male: The nose displays cassis, graham cracker and faint vanilla. The dense, concentrated black fruit flavors are weighty and the finish is a wall of velvety tannins.

Female: Incredibly young with lots of tannin but there is underlying fruit. Needs time to draw out the raspberry jam and black currant flavors and soften the finish.
Rocca Family Vineyards 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon
Yountville, $65.00
944 cases produced

(89)
Male: Smoky blackberry aromas lead to plush fruit with blueberry overtones. Nice mouth feel.

Female: Blackberry and black cherry aromas and flavors. Not just a fruit bomb, nicely balanced.
The Menzies 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon
Coonawarra, $45.00
500 cases produced

(89)
Male: Big and concentrated in the glass, deep garnet, almost opaque. Very ripe extracted black currant and cassis aromas, soft and lush on the palate with rounded tannins and cigar box on the fairly short finish.

Female: Sweet cherry and lavender on the nose, a touch of cola too...almost a Russian River Valley Pinot-like nose. But definitely not Pinot on the palate. Ripe fruit and lots of oak.
Adobe Road Winery 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley, $45.00
370 cases produced

(88)
Male: Black raspberry aromas and flavors from fron to back. Blackberry and cocoa notes jump in on the palate. Still showing youthful characteristics with a graceful finish.

Female: The nose displays black cherry and menthol notes that carry through onto the palate. The tannins are still quite prominent on the finish.
Alexander School Top of the Crop 2004 Cemetery Hill Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley, $35.00
1,100 cases produced

(88)
Male: The port like aromatics are not replicated on palate which is intense with vibrant blackberry and a silky finish.

Female: Nice light berries on nose with an appealing dustiness. Good dark berry flavor throughout.
Jekel Vineyards 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon
Arroyo Seco, $14.99
15,000 cases produced

(88)
Male: The nose is quite complex...vivid cassis ith graham cracker and wood spice in the background. There is deep black fruit in uber saturation. The refined tannins stay through the persistent finish.

Female: A soft, pleasant wine displaying lighter red fruit delivered as an earthy, dusty cherry in the mouth. A nicely balanced wine.
Fetzer Valley Oaks 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon
California, $8.99
450,000 cases produced

(88)
Male: Black cherry and caramel on the nose, candied sweet raspberry in the mouth with vanilla notes. Soft and easy to drink.

Female: Roasted coffee and black cherry on the nose and lots of fruit in the mouth and through the finish. Easy drinking wine.
Louis M. Martini 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley, $35.00
6309 cases produced

(88)
Male: Dark rubyin color with a closed concentrated nose. Earthy with sweet acid. Well made.

Female: Ripe cherry all the way through. Juicy! A simple wine but a crowd pleaser. Enjoy with pizza.
Louis M. Martini 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $25.00
71849 cases produced

(88)
Male: Dark ruby in the glass with black currant fruit aromas, good mouth feel and structure. Nice mid-palate with rounded tannins on the finish.

Female: Beautiful inviting color with black fruit in the nose. Lighter style with well balanced tannins.
Eberle 2005 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $33.00
3,346 cases produced

(88)
Male: Nice balance, sweet fruit on the nose and mouth. Good finish.

Female: Nice balance. Lighter red berries in the nose and on the palate. Dark herbs (tarragon, rosemary and cloves) on the finish. Should be great with food.
Hook and Ladder 2005 Estate Grown and Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon
Russian River Valley, $24.00
2,000 cases produced

(88)
Male: prelims Ripe fruit and alcohol on the nose. Flavors of ripe, red plum, cherry and cranberry. Medium body with well integrated oak.

Female: Green aromas under the cherry and cranberry delivered upfront on the palate as green pepper and blackberry. Good acid with medium light tannins with green tea notes on the finish. Nicely balanced with some acid. This wine will work with food.
Joseph Family Vineyards 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley, $40.00
506 cases produced

(88)
Male: Red plum and raspberry aromatics. Vanilla is added on the palate. The wine is rich with sweet tannins.

Female: Red and black fruit in the mouth with lots of tannin. Still very youthful!
Kendall-Jackson 2004 Trace Ridge Highland Estates Cabernet Sauvignon
Knights Valley, $55.00
437 cases produced

(88)
Male: Uber-concentrated black tarry fruit but velvety grace beginning to develop. Needs time!

Female: This wine can age for a long time, 9-12 years! Exotic aromas that are still evolving in the glass after 20 minutes, lead to layered flavors on the palate. The black cherry flavors are still somewhat subdued. Balanced acid and tannins.
O'Brien Estate Winery 2005 Estate Bordeaux Blend
Napa Valley, $40.00
3800 cases produced

(88)
Male: Dark ruby opaque with a sweet round mouth feel on this barrel fermented wine. Simple and straight forward but a good wine.

Female: Nicely balanced wine. Cherry and sour cherry flavors with herbal notes. Nice acid and tannin to complement fruit.
Opolo Vineyards 2005 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $30.00
1,275 cases produced

(88)
Male: Blackberry, black currant, graham crackers, and brown spices on the nose. Saturating flavors fill the palate and move through to the finish with seamless continuity.

Female: The nose is a bit elusive at first but opens to cherry with a hint of cocoa and delivers sweet ripe fruit onto the palate. Nice balance.
Owl Ridge 2004 T.R. Passalacqua Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Dry Creek Valley, $48.00
500 cases produced

(88)
Male: Dark ruby color with black currant aromas. Soft fruit attack with medium body, good balance and a soft finish. Simply but nicely made.

Female: Smith Brothers cough drops in the nose. Cherry cola on entry with sour cherry mid-palate. Nice balance of fruit, acid and tannin. Well made.
Anakota 2002 Helena Dakota Cabernet Sauvignon
Knights Valley, $80.00
469 cases produced

(88)
Male: The nose is closed at first opening to oaky aromas, heavily toasted marshmallows, chocolate and toffee. Deep dark fruit with cocoa on the palate with chewy tannins.

Female: Aromas of forest floor, toasted wood, candied plum, menthol, and alcohol waft from the glass. The palate is concentrated and a bit tight with plum evident. The tannins are extremely firm. Dark black tea and coffee accents on the medium-long finish.
Sierra Vista 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon
El Dorado, $85.00
250 cases produced

(88)
Male: The fruit is blackberry with cocoa notes. Rich in the mouth with leather on the still very tannic finish. Shows as a very youthful wine.

Female: Older, but lovely! Still has a lot of years to mature, really nicely balanced. Yummy!
Spring Mountain Vineyard 2004 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Spring Mountain District, $55.00
2,800 cases produced

(88)
Male: Youthful with blackberry and plum aromas and flavors. The flavors on the palate are quite rich with heavily toasted oak on the tannic finish. Will age nicely.

Female: Deep plum and black cherry aromas and flavors. Juicy! Medium acid and tannin. Well integrated. A beautifully balanced wine.
Bonterra Vineyards 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon
Mendocino County, $14.99
66,000 cases produced

(87)
Male: Green olive-y nose, follows to the mouth and is enhanced by cherry, cassis mid-palate. The oak is unobtrusive on the finish.

Female: A nicely balanced wine. Spice on the nose with dark fruit on the palate where it is joined by pine accents which detract from the fruit.
Five Rivers 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $9.99
60,000 cases produced

(87)
Male: Round plum aromas and flavors with rich, sweet, soft flavors and toasty accents on the finish.

Female: Caramel and plum flavors with lots of tannins. Not sure how well this will age. Needs grilled beef.
Wakefield Estates 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon
Clare Valley, Australia, $16.99
20,000 cases produced

(87)
Male: The color is deep garnet. The nose is herbal with bell pepper. The mouth displays light red fruit flavors and soft tannins.

Female: Curry, bay, celery and coffee on the nose. The palate reveals a burst of plum and raspberry. The wine is juicy with medium acid and well balanced tannins.
Brutocao Cellars, Estate Bottled 2005 Hopland Ranches Cabernet Sauvignon
Mendocino, $22.00
900 cases produced

(87)
Male: Earthy aromas with leather notes. White pepper, earthy mouth. Nice round tannins, nice long balanced finish with good oak/acid ratio.

Female: Cherry and cola aromas lead to black fruit flavors with herbal notes. Tart fruit on the finish.
Brutocao Cellars, Estate Bottled 2004 25th Anniversary Cabernet Sauvignon
Mendocino, $36.00
350 cases produced

(87)
Male: Lighter style with sweet oak on the nose. Cherry fruit brightened with acid on the finish.

Female: A simply enjoyable wine. Round sweet fruit with eucalyptus notes on the palate. Well balanced with nice acidity.
Chumeia 2002 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Central Coast, $50.00
80 cases produced

(87)
Male: Blackberry and black cherry aromas delivering black cherry and butterscotch on the rich palate eveolving into a tarry and tannic finish.

Female: Pleasant aromatics of raspberry and chocolate that carry through into the palate. This wine has a nice soft mouth feel.
Frei Brothers Reserve 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley, $24.00
27760 cases produced

(87)
Male: Dark ruby color. Black currant and sweet oak mouth feel. Good balance and finish. Simple well-made wine.

Female: The nose is elusive. Sweet and sour cherry on entry turning to cranberry on the short finish.
Louis M. Martini 2004 Monte Rosso Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma Valley, $85.00
1650 cases produced

(87)
Male: The wine is almost opaque ruby in color. The nose displays barnyard at first but opens to black cherry aromas and flavors delivering a long oak accented complex finish. This medium bodied wine is well balanced.

Female: The oak dominates the aromas but there is undelying black cherry, currant and eucalyptus. The fruit is dark on the palate. The tannins are very prominent. This ia a huge wine that needs time!
Louis M. Martini 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma County, $17.00
29118 cases produced

(87)
Male: Black cherry and currant aromas and flavors with oak accents. Simple and enjoyable.

Female: This is a crowd pleaser! The nose is pure cherry with sweet and sour cherry flavors. Easy drinking. Enjoy this with a pizza or a plate of penne with marinara sauce.
Eberle 2005 Vineyard Selection Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $18.00
3,709 cases produced

(87)
Male: The nose is tight. The wine displays youthful tannins with blackberry and black plum flavors accented by vanilla and allspice.

Female: Cherry, vanilla and cherry pipe tobacco aromas and flavors. Fruit forward. Simple.
Holloway Cellars 2004 Beckstoffer\'s Vineyard cabernet
Red Hills- Lake county, $50.00
148 cases produced

(87)
Male: Meaty nose. The opening is angular with focused fruit. A very tight, young wine. Dark middle with heavy tannins on the finish. Needs time!

Female: Vanilla and exotic spice on the nose combines with cherry fruit on the palate. Meat, leather and forest floor elements join in the finish.
Judds Hill 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $42.00
1,000 cases produced

(87)
Male: Good color. Currant jam fruit flavors with a smoky note on the finish. Good tannin and acid. A nice wine.

Lucas & Lewellen 2003 Valley View Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Santa Barbara County, $25.00
801 cases produced

(87)
Male: Fresh very ripe fruit on the nose and palate. Definite sweet flavors with lots of acid on the finish.

Female: Blackberry and a touch of eucalyptus in the glass. Blackberry and rhubarb notes in the mouth. Cedar notes with noce acidity on the finish.
Martin & Weyrich Winery 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $35.00
500 cases produced

(87)
Male: Brambly fruit on the nose with very forward fruit and pie-level ripeness of cherry and raspberry. The wine shows good balance with restrained oak. A Zin lovers cab!

Female: Plum with hints of eucalyptus and light earth aromas that carry through onto the palate with some sweetness around the edges. The tannins are a bit green.
Parducci 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon
Mendocino County, $9.99
10,200 cases produced

(87)
Male: Young fruit on the nose and mouth. Evolving oak elements enhance this wine.

Female: Black cherry aromas lead to black fruit on the palate with coffee and black tea on the finish. Fine tannins.
Paradise Ridge Winery 2003 Ladi's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma County, $28.00
600 cases produced

(87)
Male: Ripe cherry, currant and graphite aromatics. Soft opening of light red fruit with a licorice back note. Easy drinking.

Female: Dark red fruit in the mouth with tarragon on the finish. Nice.
Silver Stag 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $75.00
500 cases produced

(87)
Male: This is a wine to lay down. It is approachable now but should age nicely. There is nice fruit there but BIG TANNINS.

Female: A big wine with sweet cherry on the nose. On entry the fruit is ripe but then the tannins take over and you know this is an ager. This is one to cellar and enjoy in a few years.
St. Supery 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $28.00
20,000 cases produced

(87)
Male: Black cherry and blackberry aromas and flavors are dominant with some spice back notes. Youthful with a nice structure and full finish.

Female: At first, the barrel notes are dominant on the nose but open to the black fruit and deliver them onto the palate with a touch of green olive showing on the finish.
Stephen's 2003 Claret - Bordeaux Blend
San Luis Obispo County, $34.00
200 cases produced

(87)
Male: Nice wine. Merlot aspects are apparent in the nose and mouth. Rich, ripe raspberry and boysenberry flavors.

Female: Earth, cranberry and coffee notes on the nose. Lighter red fruit flavors - cranberry and raspberry. Lots of fruit and oak tannins.
Bliss Family Vineyards, Estate Bottled 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon
Mendocino, $12.00
3,000 cases produced

(86)
Male: Spice and oak on the nose delivering light cherry and berry fruit. A simple style. A crowd pleaser.

Female: Cranberry flavors surround a core of ripe cherry with soft tannins and nice acid on the finish.
Bogle Vineyards 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon
California, $11.00
50,000 cases produced

(86)
Male: Fresh berry liqueur aromas with earth notes. Light bodied palate gushing with fruit.

Female: Blueberry aromas deliver berry flavors onto the palate. Nice mouth feel.
Turning Leaf 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon
California, $7.99
250000 cases produced

(86)
Male: Medium dark ruby with aromas of blackberry and currant. A clean, medium bodied wine with a soft attack. Slightly astringent mid-palate but finishes with soft tannins.

Female: Black cherry with hints of bell pepper and black pepper aromas. Pure sweet cherry flavors with a touch of tobacco on the short finish.
Frey Organic 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon
Mendocino, $13.25
8,250 cases produced

(86)
Male: Cherry cough syrup and lychee aromas and flavors. The wine is young and tannic. One of our judges wrote, "I want to cellar this wine to see how it develops."

Female: Aromas of lychee, raisin and orange zest are replicated on the palate with medium acidity. This balanced wine will go well with Asian food.
Galante Vineyards 2003 Red Rose Hill Cabernet Sauvignon
Carmel Valley, $30.00
1,200 cases produced

(86)
Male: Good nose, rich fruit, smooth finish.

Female: Big and brash. Intense black currant and green pepper. Shows extreme youth on the finish.
Sandholdt 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon
California, $15.00
5,000 cases produced

(86)
Male: Plum, cough syrup and cocoa on the nose. Plum and menthol flavors with leather notes, softening on the finish.

Female: Caramel, vanilla, black cherry, and mushroom aromas and flavors. Slightly sweet on mid-palate through the finish.
Mazzocco Sonoma 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma County, $21.00
1,400 cases produced

(86)
Male: Cocoa over black fruit on entry narrowing on the finish to lighter red berries.

Female: Aromas of dark berry evolve into dark plum and dark cherry on the palate. The mouth is full and juicy with a tannic finish.
Oak Mountain Winery 2004 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
South Coast, $28.00
300 cases produced

(86)
Male: The nose is layered with blackberry, green olive and oak notes. The flavors are rich.

Female: The palate is lovely. Dill notes on the nose open to dark fruit with notes of chocolate.
Paradise Ridge Winery 2005 Rockpile Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Rockpile, $40.00
550 cases produced

(86)
Male: A very young wine with spice and both red and black fruit aromas. The middle palate is rich and the finish is still very tannic, Needs time!

Female: Green pepper and cocoa on the nose with dill and coffee accents. Sour cherry flavors with hard tannins on finish.
Pend d'Oreille Winery 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon
Washington, $16.00
416 cases produced

(86)
Male: The color is blood red. The black fruit, cocoa and mint nose evolves into a jammy wine with a soft middle. Very ripe fruit with a full finish.

Female: An old world style Cabernet delivering nice weight on the palate. The wine is husky, with dark plum and baking spice flavors.
Peters Family Winery 2004 Gardner Cabernet Sauvignon
Sierra Foothills, $42.00
269 cases produced

(86)
Male: Old world style. Barnyard on the nose. Ripe fruit mid turning leathery on the finish.

Female: Leather and barnyard aromatics. Cherry and tart cranberry fruit. Chewy tannins on the long finish.
Rubberneck 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $13.00
2,000 cases produced

(86)
Male: A nice fruity nose with perfume notes. The fruit is sweet good fruit. The finish is smooth. The wine has a Syrah-like character.

Female: Dark plum aromas with back tones of vanilla and spice. Dark fruit on the mid-palate. Finishes well, if a bit quickly. Young!
Padrone 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $95.00
321 cases produced

(86)
Male: This wine needs time! Tooth-coating tannins with raspberry, plum and vanilla that should allow this wine to develop nicely.

Female: Caramel aromas with sweet black fruit on the palate. Medium acids and tannins with a bit of heat on the finish.
South Coast Winery 2004 Rolling Hills Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Temecula Valley, $20.00
600 cases produced

(86)
Male: Lots of ripe dark fruit here. Enjoy while sitting around the fire with good friends.

Female: A nicely balanced wine with bright red and black fruit. Rounded tannins and nice acidity. Shows warm climate characteristics. A good sipper or party wine.
Wilson Winery 2003 Sydney Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Dry Creek Valley, $44.00
190 cases produced

(86)
Male: Ripe concentrated black cherry with a charred overtone, Saturated mixed black fruit flavors with a talc-y finish.

Female: Black cherry and cherry flavors with char notes on the tannic finish.
Chumeia 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon
California, $14.00
500 cases produced

(85)
Male: Plum with dill notes in the nose and in the mouth. Lots of tannin on the finish.

Female: Minty cherry on the nose with black fruit accented by eucalyptus on the palate and a cranberry finish.
EOS 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $18.00
10464 cases produced

(85)
Male: Lots if cedar and weedy notes on the nose. The mouth feel is soft. Lots of coconut flavors. The nice finish is soft.

Female: Currant and black cherry with green notes on the nose. Soft fruit and light finish.
Scotsdale 2005 Scotsdale Cabernet Sauvignon
Great Southern Western Australia, $25.00

(85)
Male: Vanilla bean with dark chocolate, a charmer on the nose. Showy on the front palate. Slightly astringent mid-palate. Soft, round tannins on the finish.

Female: Bright light garnet color. Spice and cherry initially on the nose and palate but flavors fade quickly.
Clarence Hill 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon
McLaren Vale, $40.00
10,000 cases produced

(85)
Male: Very ripe and rich. Black currant and pomegranate fruit. Good structure with a powerful finish.

Female: Minty aromas dominate the black cherry and deliver the same flavors onto the palate with added and interesting mushroom notes. Mint stays through the finish. Try with lamb.
Vina Moda Cabernet 2003 Broll Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
Foothill, $36.00
300 cases produced

(85)
Male: Black currant, cherry and spice aromatics evolve into a fruit forward big mouth feel. The finish is quite sharp. Needs time to integrate.

Female: Rose petals and plum with cedar notes deliver a weighty cassis on entry turning quite tannic on the finish.
White Rock Vineyards 2002 Estate Claret
Napa Valley, $45.00
1,100 cases produced

(85)
Male: Sulfur on the nose initially dominates the mixed black fruit, menthol and licorice aromatics. Flavors emerge medium to late.

Female: Green pepper, tomato, tobacco, and concentrated blackberries behind oak aromas of vanilla, black tea and tar. The palate is balanced with medium acid and tannins. The flavors more toward the vegetal elements through the finish.
Mettler Family Vineyards 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon
Lodi, $24.99
4,300 cases produced

(84)
Male: Stewed tomato, black cherry and tar moves from the nose to the mouth. Rich viscosity. Very ripe and a bit fat, but interesting and worthy of sharing with friends.

Female: Some greeness in the nose but the sweet black cherry fruit explodes on the palate.
LightCatcher 2004 Newsom Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Texas High Plains, $30.00
750 cases produced

(84)
Male: Sweet perfume aromas carry through onto the palate. Flowery flavors underscore the red fruit.

Female: Appealing deep purple in color. Aromas of chocolate and red berries. Good acid with raspberry fruit flavors.
Rodney Strong Vineyards 2004 Alexander\'s Crown, Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley, $30.00
5,802 cases produced

(83)


Silver Stag 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $75.00
420 cases produced

(83)
Male: Opaque. Barnyard aromas. Concentrated blackberry and ripe currant fruit attack turning bitter on the finish.

Stone Creek 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon
Mendocino County, $8.99
3,214 cases produced

(83)
Male: Currant and blackberry flavors that are consistent with the nose. The acids are a bit high on the short finish.

Female: Earthy, light red fruit with lots of acid and tar notes on the back and finish.
EOS 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $20.00
1200 cases produced

(82)
Male: Light aromas of blackberry and sandalwood, light bodied, tart and a somewhat bitter finish.

Female: There is a touch of eucalyptus on the nose. Bright sour cherry flavors on entry fade mid-palate.
Mirassou Sun 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon
California, $12.00
21369 cases produced

(80)
Male: Moderate black currant aromas and flavors. Soft, medium bodied. Easy drinking. A simple, low acid wine.

Female: Beautiful color. The nose is young and light nose. Simple wine.

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Redwood Creek 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon
California, $7.99
380000 cases produced

(79)
Male: Caramel and sweet oak aromas. Vanilla, peppermint and herbal flavors. Slightly tannic.

Female: Sweet perfume in the nose that carries through onto the palate. Simple and one dimensional.