The 2010 Cabernet Shootout...
A Wine Challenge

Women Judges Results

Men Judges Results

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Anglim 2006 Starr Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, $34.00
139 cases produced

(93) Light Yellow
Female: Ripe black fruit with hints of cinnamon redhots frame the captivating nose. Juicy black cherry and black currant flavors are enhanced by herbal notes. Beautiful structure and nice acidity balance the pretty fruit.

Buttonwood 2007 Estate Cabernet Franc, Santa Ynez Valley, $22.00
261 cases produced

(92) Dusty Rose
Female: Enticing herb and floral notes on the nose make you want to linger here - forever! Elegant entry with pretty cherry and wild berry flavors melding with earth and spice notes. Enjoy with game for a joyful experience.

Fernwood Cellars 2007 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Santa Cruz Mountains, $40.00
380 cases produced

(92) Orange
Female: Inky black in the glass with smoky aromas that open to dark and ripe cherry flavors accented by roasted coffee notes on the long finish.

Girard 2006 Pritchard Hill Estate Pritchard Hill Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, $75.00
450 cases produced

Female: Brooding fruit, earth, and Napa-esque dust on the nose of this Cabernet. Serious dark fruit and tobacco dominate the palate with spice and cocoa notes adding interest mid-palate through the finish. Robust and full-bodied. This a wine with attitude!

Hahn Winery 2008 Meritage, Central Coast, $16.00
12618 cases produced

(92) Light Green
Female: Yummy cherry, roasted tomatoes, and oregano notes in the glass. In the mouth...dark blackberry flavors with roasted coffee backnotes. A well made wine with all of the elements integrated beautifully.

J. Davies 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Diamond Mountain District, $75.00
2138 cases produced

(92) Black
Female: Lavender, black tea, and cherry aromas leap from the glass. The palate shows blackberry fruit with smoky bacon and fig compote flavors. Solid integration of fruit and tannin. The wine is juicy mid-palate with a racy finish.

JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery 2007 JUSTIFICATION, Paso Robles, $45.00
5000 cases produced

Female: The aromas are complex...currant, black cherry, and rhubarb accented with nice dark incense and a hint of Moroccan spice. Clean, jubliant boysenberry and red licorice flavors complemented by cedar notes. Moderate tannins that define palate the mid to late. Well balanced.

McGrail Vineyards 2007 Reserve McGrail Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Livermore Valley, $36.00
1200 cases produced

(92) Red
Female: This wine displays soft and beautiful rich fruit with eucalyptus accents peeking through. Predominantly cherry and plum flavors accented by caramel. Well integrated with nice acidity on the finish.

Rodrigue Molyneaux 2006 Reserve, Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Livermore Valley, $22.00
400 cases produced

(92) Gunmetal
Female: Full on Cabernet Sauvignon aromas...cigar box, menthol, and black fruit. Sweet dark fruit in the mouth with nice oak accents. Delish!

THE GRADE 2007 Estate Winfield Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, Calistoga AVA, $80.00
300 cases produced

(92) Hot Pink
Female: The tart berry nose leads to a juicy fruit palate on entry continuing onto the mid-palate with cigar box and herbal notes. Good structure, texture and balance.

Bogle 2006 Reserve Old River Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Clarksburg, $20.00
400 cases produced

(91) Pumpkin
Female: Vibrant red-black color. Dark brooding in the glass. Spicy notes enhance the sweet cherry and rhubarb fruit. Sweet cocoa on the finish. Rich and exotic. Really quite yummy.

Cass Winery 2007 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, $45.00
700 cases produced

(91) Pink
Female: The aromas are reminiscent of wet mulberry bushes on a humid July East Coast afternoon evolving to earthy and plummy elements. The palate is dense. The mouthfeel is appealing with dark plum and berries accented by eucalyptus and green pepper. Nice, lingering finish.

Cass Winery 2007 Reserve Cabernet Blend, Paso Robles, $90.00
225 cases produced

(91) Bronze
Female: Bright blackberry, black cherry, and a touch of barnyard on the nose. Very inviting! Big and bold black cherry and blueberry flavors enhanced by cigar box notes. The finish is smooth, showing dusty elements. Lovely! 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Syrah, and 10% Merlot

Ecluse Wines 2007 Ensemble Bordeaux Blend, Paso Robles, $38.00
480 cases produced

(91) Light Blue
Female: The soft and smooth mouthfeel reveals a lovely, surprisingly pleasant wine. Beautiful flavors on entry of cherry and ripe plum with smoky backnotes. Cinnamon, herbs, cranberry, and orange peel add to the complexity mid-palate and stay through the end. Complex and seamless.

Faust 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, $45.00
14000 cases produced

(91) Yellow
Female: Eucalyptus and forest floor aromas in the glass lead to a complex combination of earth notes and brambly fruit in the mouth. "Dark chocolate enhances the finish and makes me happy!"

Hahn Estates 2006 Cabernet Franc, Central Coast, $23.00
4800 cases produced

(91) Turquoise
Female: Black cherry and vanilla on the nose. Soft, round, and juicy on the palate. Nicely integrated oak frames the cherry and anise flavors melding gracefully from start to finish.

Henschke 2004 Cyril Henschke Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Eden Valley, Australia, $100.00
125 cases produced

Female: Brooding and serious fruit and herbs dominate the nose. Subtle oak and a good level of acidity keeps the wine lively on the palate with herbs and spice complementing the pretty fruit.

J. Davies 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, Diamond Mountain District, $75.00
2047 cases produced

Female: Very classic Cabernet displaying dark plum with cured meats on the nose replicating on the palate where dusty and earthy qualities add to the complexity. The tannins and acidity are quite prominent but compliment each other. "You can't help but notice this one!"

JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery 2007 ISOSCELES, Paso Robles, $62.00
11000 cases produced

Female: Big blackberry aromas and flavors. Hints of dark molasses and smoky super dark espresso joining mid through the long dry finish. Lovely clove accents complete the picture.

La Storia 2006 Estate Reserve Geyserville Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley, $22.99
1200 cases produced

(91) Green
Female: Cherry and vanilla on the nose. Soft and easy entry with juicy berry and cherry fruit that balances the punch of acidity nicely. Parity of fruit shines through. Elegant with pretty tannins.

Ledson 2007 Cabernet Franc, Dry Creek Valley, $48.00
250 cases produced

Female: Dark fruit with hints of juniper and roses arise from the glass. Dense black cherry and currant in the mouth with a sprinkle of spice and dried herbs. Lovely velvety texture. Mocha and coffee notes kick in mid-palate. A nicely balanced wine.

Louis M. Martini 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, $25.00

(91) Purple
Female: Intense, powerful aromas of cassis, tobacco, and spice expanding and broadening on the palate. Delicious layers of dark fruit, tobacco, and earth notes. Rich, complex, and elegant.

Lucas & Lewellen 2006 Clone 6 Cabernet Sauvignon, Santa Barbara County, $36.00
344 cases produced

(91) Dark Red
Female: Dark fruit and earthy notes on the nose. Warm and ripe cherry in the mouth accented by leather and earth backnotes. The soft finish invites you to have another sip.

Rodney Strong Vineyards 2007 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley, $22
23000 cases produced

(91) Wedgewood
Female: Vanilla infused berries on the nose. Nice density of fruit and oak with spice and eucalyptus notes create a beautiful melody on the palate. This a Cabernet Sauvignon to sing about.

Skylite Cellars 2007 Reserve Bordeaux Blend, Columbia Valley, $47.00
152 cases produced

(91) Coral
Female: Warm cherry compote in the glass invites you to sip the sweet then sour cherry flavors enhanced by intriguing herbs. A touch of gingerbread on the smooth palate broadens the experience. Oak tannins show through on the finish and are balanced nicely with acid. The blend is 51% Malbec, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 16% Carmenere.

Spangler Vineyards 2008 Cabernet Franc, So. Oregon, $24.00
393 cases produced

(91) Gold
Female: Sweet plum and cassis aromas with dusty cocoa backnotes. The palate is layered with black cherry, spice, and cedar. Balanced and clean with a lingering finish.

Alexander Valley Vineyards 2007 Estate Cabernet Franc, Alexander Valley, $22.00
1500 cases produced

Female: The color is vibrant dark purple. Dark fruit aromas with pronounced leather notes. A rich, full-bodied palate experience awaits with plum and dark cherry flavors enhanced with earthy elements.

Cana's Feast Winery 2007 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley, $29.00
135 cases produced

(90) Periwinkle
Female: Herbal and lavender aromas leap from the glass. Soft and supple on the palate. Tannins build from the mid-palate through the long finish. Will soften with time.

Eberle 2007 Vineyard Selection Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, $19.00
4640 cases produced

(90) Khaki
Female: Dense blackberry and cassis aromas. Blackberry and plum fruit at the core with spice and leather accents. Nice depth of flavors with firm tannins and a memorable finish of pretty and subtle oak notes.

Ecluse Wines 2008 Lock Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, $32.00
238 cases produced

Female: Aromas full of herbal and tobacco leaf combine with sweet black cherry and dusty cocoa notes. Rich round fruit pleases the palate. Cherry, vanilla, and tobacco notes create a supple mouthfeel and linger nicely on the finish.

Martin Ray Winery 2007 Reserve Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, $45.00
2400 cases produced

(90) Forest Green
Female: A very subtle hint of nutmeg on the nose. Nice smooth texture with classic cassis and dark chocolate ganache flavors. Good wood integration. "This wine is like a well-bred horse that can canter without getting thrown off."

McWilliams Hanwood Estate 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Southeastern Australia, $12.00
47000 cases produced

(90) White
Female: Inviting fresh fruit aromas include boysenberry and cherry. The palate has hints of strawberry-rhubarb pie broadening to ripe black cherry through the medium long finish. The mouthfeel is lovely and smooth.

Murphy-Goode 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, California, $14.00
100000 cases produced

(90) Dark Blue
Female: Yummy ripe fruit accented with leather and tobacco notes. Smooth on the palate with a nutty, caramel and vanilla finish.

Orsianna 2007 2007 Orsianna Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendocino, $19.99
1500 cases produced

Female: the nose is reminiscent of warm cherry compote. Sweet cherry flavors with great tannin and acid that enhances the fruit on the finish.

Pend d'Oreille Wine 2007 Meyer Reserve Lawrence Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $35.00
97 cases produced

(90) Tan
Female: Pretty blueberry aromas deliver blueberry and cranberry flavors accented by oak onto the palate. This wine should mature nicely.

Pollak Vineyards 2008 Estate Cabernet Franc, Monticello, $20.00
495 cases produced

(90) Gray
Female: Intriguing perfumed nose. This is classic Cabernet Franc with a great balance of herbs and fruit. Good acidity and tannin. Good structure.

Pollak Vineyards 2007 Estate Bordeaux Blend, Monticello, $24.00
350 cases produced

(90) Orchid
Female: The ripe cherry fruit aromas layered with brown baking spices are replicated on the palate. Lovely caramel and coffee notes show through on the finish. A very enjoyable wine. Blend = 44% Cabernet Franc, 43% Merlot, 13% Petit Verdot

Porter Family Vineyards 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, $76.00
389 cases produced

Female: Deep, almost opaque, purple/black in color. Elusive at first then opens to layered juicy aromatics of blackberry, dark cherry, and cassis carry through onto the palate and are complemented by black pepper and hints of cedar. Wonderful mouthfeel, structure and weight. Well integrated tannins.

Signorello Estate 2006 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, $50.00
2750 cases produced

Female: Black stone fruit aromas are accented by spicy oak. Mouthcoating tannins overlay the dark fruit flavors. This one is a keeper. Lay it down and let it evolve. The tannins will subside and the beautiful fruit will show through.

Skylite Cellars 2007 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $32.00
100 cases produced

Female: Deep in color, almost black. Dark red prune flavors with a eucalyptus backnote on entry. Fig joins in mid-palate and stays through the finish. Nice acid and balance.

Ty Caton Vineyards 2008 Estate, Caton Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Valley, $44.00
447 cases produced

(90) Burgundy
Female: Lively candied berry aromas are accented by smoked meat backnotes. Soft entry with juicy cherry expands on the palate as the oak kicks in. Nicely structured and integrated. The oak is like a big wooden deck that wraps around the fruit. Well done!

Ty Caton Vineyards 2008 Estate, Caton Vineyard Caton Cabernet Collection, Barracks Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Valley, $49.00
44 cases produced

(90) Aqua Marine
Female: Black plum, cherry pie and warm baking spices arise from the glass to greet you. Black currant and rich, very rich black cherry flavors enhanced by smoke, leather and exotic spice notes. Fruit, acid and tannin are deftly balanced.

Vinoce Solar Hill 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, Mt Veeder, $75.00
125 cases produced

Female: Deep opaque, almost black in the glass. Just right ripe, dark berries with an exotic spice on the nose. Intense jammy flavors of black currant and black plums with earthy backnotes adding to the complexity. Lush and mouth filling. A gutsy wine.

VJB 2007 Dante Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Valley, $32.00
650 cases produced

(90) Blue
Female: Cranberry, orange peel, and dill on the nose - enticing. Refreshing sour cherry on the tongue. Great acid! "I like it! I really like it!"

Yalumba 2006 Menzies the Cigar The Menzies Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra, Australia, $24.99
200 cases produced

(90) Brown
Female: Fresh blueberry, blackberry, cherry aromas rise from the glass to greet you. Tart and sweet cherry flavors on opening joined by blueberry, cranberry, moist prune, and vanilla spice mid through the pleasant lingering finish.

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CYRUS 2006 Estate Cabernet Blend, Alexander Valley, $60.00
2500 cases produced

Female: Blackberry and a touch of eucalpytus in the glass, Narrow fruit on entry then broadens on the palate and is really quite nice. Smooth but present tannins showing clove notes on the long finish.

Fritz Winery 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, Dry CreeK Valley, $35.00
1800 cases produced

Female: Black cherry and vanilla aromas, bright fruit with a hint of black tea and spice filling the palate. Easy to quaff. A palate pleaser.

Girard 2006 Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon, Diamond Mountain, Napa Valley, $75.00
900 cases produced

Female: Smoky and leathery surround dark black cherry fruit on the nose and carry through onto the palate. Dusty, tea flavors, and a bit of baking spice join mid to late. Dry through the finish. Needs time to soften.

Hagafen Cellars 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, $45.00
425 cases produced

(89) Deep Purple
Female: Opaque...inky and dark. Roses and cherries with hints of mint and anise on the nose and palate. The tannins are prevalent but not harsh on the finish. Should age beautifully.

Icaria Winery 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley, $28.00
275 cases produced

Female: Red and blue fruit aromas repeat on the palate with lush notes turning to lovely sour cherry flavors on the finish well integrated with oak elements Nice balance.

Lake Chelan Winery 2005 Rivers Bend Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $30.00
749 cases produced

Female: Deep dark purple, almost black in the glass. Plum, rhubarb, and a hint of black tea appear on the nose and carry through onto the palate. Nice balance of sweet, dark fruit with herbal and wood notes. Balanced wine. Plays out well.

Langmeil 2007 Blacksmith Cabernet Sauvignon, Barossa, Australia, $23.99
50 cases produced

Female: Mint on the nose. Dark and sour cherry flavors. Fruit tannins and acidity are lovely and lift the cherry profile. A winner!

Rocca Family Vineyards 2007 Grigsby Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Yountville, $80.00
519 cases produced

Female: Opaque and inky dark in color. Aromas of brown sugar, cooked fruit compote, and cocoa waft from the glass. Beautifully layered flavors of dense cherry, coffee, and licorice with dusty chalky notes. The tannins are still very youthful. This wine will age well.

Spangler Vineyards 2007 Claret Claret, So. Oregon, $28.00
294 cases produced

Female: Aromas of cedar, leather and tobacco open slowly to reveal a black currant core. The integrated aromas are replicated on the palate. The firm finish will soften with time. I want a steak!

Stony Ridge Winery 2007 Trifecta Del Arroyo Vineyards Cab Sauv, Petite Sirah, Syrah blend, Livermore Valley, $24.00
560 cases produced

Female: Lovely soft berry fruit on the front palate ppeing to darker fruit mid to late with a touch of earthiness. Sour cherry notes on the finish. Nice acidity. Well balanced. Enjoy with food.

THE GRADE 2006 Estate Winfield Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, Calistoga AVA, $80.00
254 cases produced

Female: The nose is brambly with clear red cherry, strawberry and blueberry with earthy backnotes. Dark cherry and blue fruit on the palate with tobacco notes mid to late. The oak tannins are obvious and hang in there but this wine will improve with age. Well structured. One for the cellar. Lay this baby down, it won't disappoint you.

Tulocay 2006 Rancho Sarco Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, $39.00
224 cases produced

(89) Dark Gray
Female: Cherry, vanilla, sweet tobacco, and leather aromas announce the soft entry of cherry and red currant flavors tickling the palate. Then the leathery tannins kick-in. A powerful wine displaying a layered complexity of nice acidity, purity of fruit, and big tannins.

Ty Caton Vineyards 2008 Estate, Caton Vineyard Upper Bench Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Valley, $49.00
42 cases produced

Female: Big and inviting oak aromas frame the dark berry fruit in the glass and in the mouth. The entry is elegant. This well balanced wine will cellar for years.

Varozza Vineyards 2005 Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon, St. Helena Napa Valley, $45.00
224 cases produced

Female: Tne nose is subtle...blackberry juice, but not sweet, with dusty notes. The blackberry carries through into the flavor profile which is enhanced with chocolate and mocha espresso notes. Still showing youth. "Thinking of buying a few bottles to watch this baby develop over the next few years."

Angove Coonawarra Vineyard Select 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra, South Australia, $19.00
1000 cases produced

Female: Eucalyptus on the nose says, "Coonawarra." Firmly structured and nicely layered with chewy black fruit, hints of allpice, white pepper, and black tea. Hearty tannns..."a lot of oak but, I like it."

Arbios 2005 Cabernet Sauvigon, Alexander Valley, $30.00
1800 cases produced

Female: Aromas of dusty blackberry and espresso replicate on the palate with hints of oak and lavender oil. Nice!

Cycles Gladiator 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, California, $9.99
12600 cases produced

Female: Roasted meats and smoky aromas. Sweet fruit with lots of toasty oak. Easy to enjoy.

Damian Rae Winery 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, $59.00
50 cases produced

Female: Smoked meat then blue fruit on the nose. Red and blue fruit on the palate. Nice addition of citrus note late. Very well balanced.

Eberle 2007 Estate Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, $34.00
3524 cases produced

Female: Chocolate, berry, leather, and floral aromatics. Cherry and black cherry on the palate. Anise and vanilla elements on the big finish.

Galante Vineyards 2007 Red Rose Hill, Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmel Valley, $35.00
600 cases produced

Female: Warm toasty cherry compote aromas. Sour cherries on the palate. Nice grape tannins well balanced with acid. Should age well.

Galante Vineyards 2006 Blackjack Pasture, Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmel Valley, $50.00
550 cases produced

Female: Clear and bright red with a brown/black center. Red fruit aromatic profile with brown spice notes in the background. Dark cherry flavors with coffee notes. Youthful. Needs time.

Hearthstone Vineyard and Winery 2007 Fireside Claret 65% Cabernet Franc, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, Paso Robles, $34.00
155 cases produced

Female: Dark cherry with forest floor notes on the nose. Repeats on the palate where the initial flavors are nicely accentuated with oak notes. Nice acids. Well made. "This is just a baby!"

LangeTwins 2007 Proprietary Cabernet Sauvignon, Lodi, $35.00
224 cases produced

Female: Clove, tarragon, light red fruit peeking through on the nose. Red fruit on entry turning to pleasant plum and sour cherry mid. The tannins are well integrated.

Ledson 2004 Diamond Ridge Cabernet Franc, Lake County, $28.00
1000 cases produced

Female: Dark cherry and foresty aromas. Dark, dark cherry accented by espresso on the palate then clove joins in for the finish. Needs game. Buffalo steak would be excellent. Big tannins now but will improve with time - the clue to this is that there is so much fruit beneath the tannins.

Martin Ray Winery 2006 Reserve Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, $50.00
2300 cases produced

Female: Dark berry aromas with smoke notes. Palate confirms the nose. Well balanced and smooth.

Murphy-Goode 2004 Terra A Lago Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley, $45.00
1200 cases produced

Female: The color is deep and opaque. Rich and lush forward smoked cherry on the nose. On the palate, the smoked cherries are repeated with sweet blueberry notes that extend throughout ~ a lovely experience.

R&B Cellars 2005 Reserve Bingham Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, $50.00
1100 cases produced

Female: Dense fruit and herbal aromas. Lean with cherry flavors with good spice profile and plenty of nice acidity mid-palate. Eucalyptus and fresh herbs persist through the finish. A bit angular at present but should improve in the bottle over the next 5 years.

Rock Wall Wine co. 2008 Holbrook Mitchell Vineyard Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley, $25.00
180 cases produced

Female: Cough syrup notes on the nose with toasty oak notes. The mouth is very pretty with luscious dark cherry fruit. Well balanced. Nice acid notes, orange peel, and clove on the finish.

Skylite Cellars 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla, $28.00
222 cases produced

Female: The nose is rich and inviting. Blackberry, cedar, and leather. Nice balance between tannins, oak, and fruit.

Skylite Cellars 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $28.00
280 cases produced

Female: Starbucks coffee aromas lead the way to a meaty palate with leather on the finish.

Spangler Vineyards 2006 Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, So. Oregon, $50.00
160 cases produced

Female: Gingerbread and warm cooked fruit on the nose with smolky and dusty backnotes . Red fruit flavors and lots of oak tannins. Well balanced will age gracefully.

Ty Caton Vineyards 2008 Estate, Caton Vineyard Big Hill Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Valley, $49.00
45 cases produced

Female: Dark red fruit aromas, dusty notes, and hints of chocolate and chipotle. The palate shows dark berry flavors enhanced by coffee, black pepper, and baking spice. Chewy in the mouth with leather notes on the finish.

Vina Robles 2007 Huerhuero Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, $22.00
6740 cases produced

Female: Cherry, blackberry, and leather notes on the nose that carry through onto the palate. The acidity, tannins and flavors are beginning to come together but not fully integrated. On it's way to a wow - needs time.

Annapolis 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Coast, $34
300 cases produced

Female: Aromas of leather, dried herbs and a hint of pickle barrel. The mouth is appealing with light red cherry flavors coming through. Structured. Needs food and time to open. Decant this wine for full enjoyment.

Barefoot Cellars NV Cabernet Sauvignon, California, $6.99
357000 cases produced

Female: Blueberry nose repeats on the palate with nice coffee accents on the finish.

BIN 36 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, California, $16.00
2200 cases produced

Female: A lively nose of plum, blueberry, celery notes, and mild savory spices. A nice fruit defined palate with mild tannins.

Blind Dog Wines NV Midnight Run Cuvee Red Blend, Paso Robles, $15.00
650 cases produced

Female: Nicely structured wine. Eucalyptus and tight red fruit aromas enhanced by hints of cinnamon stick. Juicy at first with tart flavors on the backside. Medium bodied. Nice acidity.

Callaway Vineyard & Winery 2006 Winemaker's Reserve 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, Temecula, Ca, $42.00
577 cases produced

Female: Smoky sweet cherry aromas with hints of brown sugar. Pleasing palate of soft fruit flavors on entry through mid. Aggressive oak tannins but plenty of fruit to balance. Should age well.

Crooked Vine 2007 Estate Del Arroyo Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Livermore Valley, $32.00
596 cases produced

Female: Deep, dark purple in color. Aromas of blueberry and currant replicate on the palate with a touch of green on entry. Finishes with nice fruit and moderate tannins.

Eagles Trace 2005 Estate Grown and Bottled Latitude 38, Napa Valley, $75.00
800 cases produced

Female: Forest floor with a touch of eucalyptus. Nice red fruit. Good balance of fruit, acid, and oak tannins. Well made.

Fire Station Red 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendocino County, $15.00
2570 cases produced

Female: Deep and vibrant purple in the glass. Cherry and black cherry aromas carry through onto the palate as light red fruit at first then a burst of ripe red and black fruit joined by coffee notes late. Nice mouthfeel.

Frank Family Vineyards 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, $45.00
13100 cases produced

Female: Cedar notes and black fruit on the nose. Sour cherry fruit on entry with sweet black fruit around the edges mid-palate then lovely, very redeeming mouthwatering acid.

Harvest Moon Winery 2007 Buchignani Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Dry Creek Valley, $36.00
290 cases produced

Female: Vanilla and maple aromas open to sweet red fruit around the edges. Acid build half way through the palate and continues through the finish lifting the fruit. Well balanced.

Huntington 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, California, $14.00
2530 cases produced

Female: Cranberry, fresh ginger and a touch of orange peel aromas. Warm blue fruit on the palate. The ginger and orange peel are back note flavors. Nice tannins and acid.

Icaria Winery 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley, $28.00
275 cases produced

Female: Sweet blue and red berry aromas accented by a meaty quality. Sweet fruit starts the palate with dusty notes. Spice flavors, acid, and tannins emerge mid through the finish.

Indian Peak Vineyards 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Tehama County, $35.00
536 cases produced

Female: Dusty, barnyard aromas open to pretty flavors - light red fruit broadening on the palate with spicy clove and cardamom showing through the finish.

Ledson 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, Knight's Vallley, $64.00
1100 cases produced

Female: Brooding. Smoky dark fruit aromas and flavors with molasses and cherry joining mid to late. "Husky and fun!"

Martin Ray Winery 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa-Mendocino-Sonoma Counties, $20.00
8000 cases produced

Female: Nice fruit forward cherry and plum flavor with the addition of sour cherry notes mid and tea on the finish.

Mudgee Wines 2006 Old Bush Vine Cabernet (150yr old vines) 2006 Made from 150 year old vines MUDGEE WINES VINEYARD CABERNET SAUVIGNON, Mudgee Region, $30.00
256 cases produced

Female: Dusty dark fruit and oak aromas. The oak frames the dark fruit.

Pedroncelli 2007 Morris Fay Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley, $18.00
1000 cases produced

Female: Big berry and pepper on the nose opening to mellow red fruit. The flavors expands mid-palate with firm tannins on the finish.

Pollak Vineyards 2007 Estate Smuggler Cabernet Sauvignon, Monticello, $24.00
250 cases produced

Female: Earthy, brambly aromas and flavors. Weighty and powerful palate...bold and masculine. The tart fruit at the end brings musch appreciated acid. "I like it."

Prix Vineyards 2005 Estate Bottled Reserve Weir Family Vineyard: MJT Block Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, $60.00
200 cases produced

Female: The nose is closed at first then opens to some bacon fat. Flavors of dark fruit becomes very juicy mid-palate. Lots of grape tannins balanced with lovely acid. Well balanced.

Stony Ridge Winery 2007 Del Arroyo Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Livermore Valley, $25.00
658 cases produced

Female: In the glass, the wine is clear, deep black-red in color. On the palate it is tart at first moving to sweet black cherry with cedar and black pepper backnotes. Moderate tannins. Well-structured.

Travieso 2006 El Rey Louvau Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Dry Creek Valley, $36.00
150 cases produced

Female: The nose is elegant with cherry, cola, mints, and mushrooms. The palate is dark and brambly with lots of oak on the finish.

Turning Leaf Vineyards 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, California, $8.00

Female: Tutti-fruity nose. Candied fruit on the palate. Simple, soft and easy to drink. Good sipper.

Black Swan 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Southeastern Australia, $8.00
100000 cases produced

Female: Minty aromas. Lush red and black fruit flavors. A crowd pleaser.

Bogle 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, California, $11.00
157000 cases produced

Female: Blueberry compote on the nose. Lush fruit in the mouth finishing with coffee notes. Easy to drink. A crowd pleaser.

Cedar Creek Winery 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, American, $15.00
500 cases produced

Female: Earthy and gamey aromas. Cherry turning to sour cherry with hints of clove in the mouth. Nice integration of fruit, acid,and oak. Not a blockbuster but very pleasant. And note...this wine has an American appellation and is produced by a winery in Wisconsin buying grapes from Washington, California, and New York. Those clever Midwesterners!

D&S 2007 D&S Proprietary Red Blend, California, $22.00
1400 cases produced

Female: Tobacco and dill on the nose. Red fruit on entry with narrow band of dark fruit joining mid-palate. Intense tannins at first then opens after awhile to soften and show some acid. "A crowd pleaser."

Mudgee Wines 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 MUDGEE WINES VINEYARD CABERNET SAUVIGNON, Mudgee Region, $20.00
512 cases produced

Female: Blackberry, black cherry, sweet oregano, and a touch of basil on the nose replicating on the palate. Lush black fruit framed by big tannins.

Parker Family Vineyards 2003 Reserve Parker-Sturrus Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley, $39.99
75 cases produced

Female: Light oak, coffee, and red berry aromas. Full blackberry fruit flavors on the palate. Medium acid and tannins balance the fruit.

Perrucci Family Vineyard 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, California, $34.00
250 cases produced

Female: Sweet cherry and framboise with smoky notes on the nose. The palate is lush with the same fruit profile. Dried herbs show through ont he finish. Well integrated tannins.

Sausal 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley, $35.00
350 cases produced

Female: Opaque red with a black/brown center. Sweet cherry aromas with hints of animal scents, spices, molasses, and brown sugar. The palate is earthy with red cherry and molasses highlights. Shows some leanes mid to late palate.

Temecula Hills winery 2007 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, South Coast, $38.00
110 cases produced

Female: Dusty plum and spice aromatics. Lush fruit on entry. Sour cherry with herbal notes at the finish.

Varozza Vineyards 2006 Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon, St. Helena Napa Valley, $45.00
224 cases produced

Female: Cooked blueberries on the nose replicating on the palate. Quite luscious fruit. Sweet with nice tannins.

Almaza Wine cellars 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon (2007), Lubbock, Texas, $20.00
511 cases produced

Female: A touch of menthol leads the way to the sour cherry palate. Lots of nice acid.

LangeTwins 2007 Lodi Rules Certified Cabernet Sauvignon, Lodi, $15.00
1008 cases produced

Female: Smoky blackberry and plum aromas. Lots of oak now. Needs time.

Tulip Hill 2008 Reserve Mt Oso Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Tracy Hills, $20.00
491 cases produced

Female: Blackberry and blueberry aromas open to a juicy palate. Oak jumps in mid and dominates through the finish.

Angeline 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley, $18.00
1200 cases produced

Female: Light red fruit and a hint of mint in the glass and in the mouth. Green tea notes on the finish.

Lake Chelan Winery 2006 Rivers Bend Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $26.00
822 cases produced

Female: Cherry, cassis and cola aromas open to a velvety palate with intense fruit..cherry, black cherry, and blackberry. Good stucture and length but the palate sharpens late. Doesn't finish as well as it starts.

Temecula Hills winery 2007 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, South Coast, $38.00
110 cases produced

Female: Juicy cherry and raspberry aromas with backnotes of cigar box. Flavors are consistent with the nose. Big oak tannins kick in mid-palate through the finish.

Almaza Wine Cellars 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Lubbock, Texas, $15.00
465 cases produced

Female: Very sweet nose that opens to sweet black cherry and blueberry fruit. Oak overtakes the fruit mid-palate and stays through the finish.

Copa del Rey 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Colchagua Valley, Chile, $12.00
5000 cases produced

Female: Mostly tobacco and earth aromas repeating on the palate with a hint ofred fruit and mushroom notes.

Jim Barry 2008 The Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra, Australia, $19.99
4000 cases produced

Female: Sweet floral aromas. Sweet red fruit on entry turning to sour cherry. Simple.