Tasted: California Cab

By / Wine + Drinks / May 22nd, 2014 / 2

In California, Cabernet Sauvignon is still king. The variety is perfectly suited for both the moderate climate of the Napa Valley and the warmer vineyards of Paso Robles. From bargain bottles to age-worthy indulgences, there is a cab for every taste and budget. Here are a few of our favourites:

 

Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Reviewed by: Evan Saviolidis

Editor Rating: Very Good

$20

Paso Robles

Review Summary:

This well-priced Cab has a definite savoury streak which weaves through the cassis, dark cherries, plums, violets, cocoa and spice. The supple tannins, moderate alcohol and fruit-driven finish make for a thoroughly enjoyable glass of wine with hamburgers or pot roast.

 

Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Reviewed by: Rick VanSickle

Editor Rating: Very Good

$35

Napa

Review Summary:

A nose of cherry, plum, spice, oak, cocoa, vanilla and blackberry-cassis. Quite tannic on the palate but juicy and laden with currants, blackberry and minty spices. Well balanced through the finish. Can stand some cellaring.

 

Treana Red 2009

Reviewed by: Evan Saviolidis

Editor Rating: Excellent

$40

Paso Robles

Review Summary:

The grapes for this blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Syrah were sourced from the warm Paso Robles AVA, after which it spent 14 months in French barrels, of which 50% were new. This has translated into a plush red with an opaque black colour, and a profile of toast, vanilla, blackcurrant, raspberries, dark cherries, violets and pepper/spice. Excellent persistency and well-integrated tannins will ensure another 7 years of longevity.

 

Darioush Signature Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Reviewed by: Evan Saviolidis

Editor Rating: Excellent

$115

Napa

Review Summary:

I must admit a certain fondness for the Darioush. The wines, the gorgeous Persian palace–inspired winery and the staff are all top notch. That being said, their 08 Cab Sauv is truly impressive. Full-bodied and opaque, it unleashes a powerful nose of crème de cassis, blackberries, prunes, smoke, anise, cocoa and mint/cedar. The tannins will ensure 15 years of longevity.

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