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CHEESE PAIRING:
Epoisses
Brie
Colby
Strong Cheddar
Mahon
Pt. Reyes Blue
Stilton









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The granddaddy of the wine world. Cabs are some of the most tannic wines, making them a bit harsh when young. Though they can be drunk upon release, they usually fail to please. This varietal truly benefits from some additional time in the bottle, which helps integrate the flavors and soften the tannins. I suggest a minimum of 3 years past the vintage date, but if you can wait at least 5 you'll be well rewarded. If the wine is under $25, it's probably been made to drink earlier, so waiting will still help, but it's not going to make a vast difference. The more expensive versions are almost always aged in new oak barrels which adds to the price and the wines ability to age.

Cabs are made all over the world in a variety of styles which are affected by climate. Bordeaux and Napa Valley are the most world-renowned and come with a heavy price tag and they usually need at least a decade to show their true colors. Australia and South America are trying to compete and are making some really good versions, though whether they'll ever be able to truly catch up in the quality department is unknown, yet worth looking out for. For this grape, vintage matters, especially in Bordeaux. Check out my France Section for more info.

WHAT TO EXPECT: A deeply colored wine with a high amount of tannin and acidity, especially when young. On the palate, depending on the region grown, you'll find dark black fruit flavors, vegetal notes, perhaps some mint, eucalyptis and cedar, as well as smoke or vanilla from the oak-aging. The hotter the climate the more fruit forward the wine will be.

HOT REGIONS: Central California, South America, Australia, Italy (Super Tuscans)

COOL REGIONS: Bordeaux (Medoc, Haut-Medoc, Pauillac & Margaux), parts of Napa Valley, New Zealand, South Africa



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spacer.gif2007 Trader Joe's Reserve Dry Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma, CARATING: **
spacer.gif2006 Abeja Winery Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, WARATING: ***
spacer.gif2006 Cameron Hughes Lot 75 Oak Knoll Cabernet Sauvignon,
Napa Valley, CA
RATING: **
spacer.gif2006 Chateau Margene Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, CARATING: ***
spacer.gif2006 Mazzocco Dry Creek Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma, CARATING: **
spacer.gif2006 Provenance Vineyards Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, CARATING: ***
spacer.gif2005 Avalon Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, CARATING: *
spacer.gif2005 Beckmen Vineyards PMV Cabernet Sauvignon,
Santa Barbara, CA
RATING: ***
spacer.gif2005 Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet, Napa Valley, CARATING: ***
spacer.gif2005 Cameron Hughes Lot 40 Cabernet, McLaren Vale, AustraliaRATING: **
spacer.gif2005 Casa Lapostolle Cabernet Sauvignon, Rapel Valley, ChileRATING: **
spacer.gif2005 Cass Winery Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, CARATING: ***
spacer.gif2005 Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, CARATING: *
spacer.gif2005 Minassian-Young Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, CARATING: **
spacer.gif2005 Chateau Prieuré-Lichine, Margaux, Bordeaux, FranceRATING: ***
spacer.gif2004 Beckstoffer 1975 Cabernet Sauvignon, Lake County, CARATING: **
spacer.gif2004 Blue Rock Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley, CARATING: ***
spacer.gif2004 Dark Star Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, CARATING: **
spacer.gif2004 Justin Vineyards Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, CARATING: ***
spacer.gif2004 Knappstein Enterprise Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley, AustraliaRATING: **
spacer.gif2004 Lincourt Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Santa Barbara, CARATING: **
spacer.gif2004 Twenty Bench Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, CARATING: *
spacer.gif2003 Beckmen Vineyards PMV Cabernet Sauvignon,
Santa Barbara, CA
RATING: ***
spacer.gif2003 Clautiere Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, CARATING: ***
spacer.gif2003 Cobblestone Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, CARATING: **
spacer.gif2003 Dark Star Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, CARATING: **
spacer.gif2003 Grgich Hills Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, CARATING: ***
spacer.gif2003 Halter Ranch Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, CARATING: ***
spacer.gif2003 Halter Ranch Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, CARATING: **
spacer.gif2003 Jacob's Creek "St. Hugo" Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra, AustraliaRATING: ***
spacer.gif2003 Chateau Kirwan, Margaux, Bordeaux, FranceRATING: **
spacer.gif2003 Lail Vineyards Blueprint, Napa Valley, CARATING: ***
spacer.gif2002 Beckmen Vineyards PMV Cabernet Sauvignon,
Santa Barbara, CA
RATING: ***
spacer.gif2002 Eberle Winery Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, CARATING: ***
spacer.gif2002 Mitchella Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, CARATING: **
spacer.gif2002 Rio Seco Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, CARATING: **
spacer.gif2002 Rodney Strong Alexander's Crown Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley, CARATING: **
spacer.gif2002 Steven Kent Cabernet Sauvignon, Livermore, CARATING: ***
spacer.gif2001 Beckmen Vineyards PMV Cabernet Sauvignon,
Santa Barbara, CA
RATING: ***
spacer.gif2001 Rio Seco Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, CARATING: **
spacer.gif2000 Arroyo Robles Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, CARATING: **



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**** Outstanding | *** Delicious | ** Enjoyable | * Drinkable
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