My little tasting group explored cabernet from the United States for our January event. By no means could I cover every major cab producing AVA, but we did mix it up a bit and plenty of areas were represented. Opinions were widely varied and everyone took their notes/scoresheets home with them, so alas, all I have are my scores. I linked the wines here for the reviews of each.
North Coast/Lake County Areas
Santa Ynez/Santa Barbara
My top scoring wines were the L'Ecole, Geyser Peak, Justin, Neal, AO and DeBeikes. The DeBeikes won by one point on my scoresheet.
Schreiner's Winers- Hail a Cab!
- Reply by dmcker, Jan 27, 2011.
Any overall observations about the batch, vintages, regions, etc.?
Would be interesting to see some aggregation here. Afraid I can't be fussed to jump to every link you post to see each review... ;-)
- Reply by napagirl68, Jan 28, 2011.
Thanks for your listings...a few comments...
I have been pleasantly surprised lately by the Washington state wines, which I previously avoided like the plague. I have had some decent chards, and a small number of good cabs. I will seek out the L'Ecole to try.
Second... what did you think about Micheal Pozzan? I liked ONE of their wines back in 1999.. think it was a syrah. But I have not liked ANYTHING of theirs that I have tasted over the past 7-8yrs. I see bevmo has lots of their wines, which also turns me off :-) :-)
- Reply by VegasOenophile, Jan 29, 2011.
I have liked some of the Pozzan stuff, more so the Annabella line he puts out. I know I have tried some within the last year or two and all were enjoyable, quaffable wines. This however in the company of my cab tasting, didn't hold up in my opinion.