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CABERNETS OF THE WORLD
October 27, 1999

THE WINES Gerald's Rank Bob's Rank Ellen's Rank Group Ranking Total
Points
1sts/2nds/
Lasts
ANTINORI
1996

(Tuscany/Italy) "Solaia"
80% Cab 20% Sangiovese  $119.99
7 1 4 5 73 1/2/1
BEAULIEU VINEYARD 1996 Napa Valley/California
PRIVATE RESERVE "Georges de Latour" CABERNET $59.99
5 2 3 1 39 5/5/0
CASA CADAVAL
1995
Muge (Ribatejo) Portugal
CABERNET SAUVIGNON
$11.99
6 6 6 6 83 1/1/1
MONTES ALPHA 1997 (Santa Cruz-Colchagua) Chile
"M"
80% Cab Sauv
10% Merlot
10% Cab Franc
$49.99
4 4 2 3 54 1/4/0
PENFOLDS
1996
South Australia
Bin #707
CABERNET SAUVIGNON $64.99
1 5 1 2 54 5/1/0
Chateau STE. MICHELLE
1996
Columbia Valley/Washington
"Col Solare"
Predominantly Cab Sauv with Merlot & Syrah
$64.99
3 3 8 4 69 2/1/2
SEA
Robert Mondavi/Chadwick Family
1996
1996 Anconcagua Valley/Chile
Predominantly Cabernet?
$49.99
2 8 5 7 94 1/1/4
TORRES
1994
Penedes/Spain
"Gran Coronas Black Label"
100% Cab Sauv
$42.99
8 7 7 8 110 0/1/8

 
16 tasters participated.

The past couple of decades have seen a rush in the wine world to jump on the Cabernet Bandwagon. It is for a good reason. There has developed a worldwide connoisseurship of Cabernet based wines. Unlike the somewhat limited geographical niche for the finicky Pinot Noir for example, Cabernet seems able to find a happy home in a considerable diversity of   “terroirs”. The vines are considerably more handy than Pinot. Cabernet’s extension into somewhat warmer climes is due, perhaps, to its habit of final ripening in cooler October (April, in the Southern Hemisphere), a fact that allows it to retain its balance.

We decided to assemble a group of Cabernets from various points throughout the globe and let them duke it out with each other. Our entry from Spain has had a considerable history and a solid reputation. The current entry, though, left quite a bit to be desired according to our tasters. It was Torres 1994 Gran Cornas Black Label, which several tasters found “simple, poorly concentrated, overly extracted and shrill.” Less harsh critics found “jam, spice, and smoke” but marked it down for “uncentered fruit and a flat finish”. An admirer found “voluptuous density”! An entry from Chile, a collaborative effort of Robert Mondavi and Errazuriz which they call “Sea” (1996), experienced some difficulty finding admirers for its funky vegetative tone (“uncooked green beans”) and “chocolaty, stewed” Cabernet fruit. Another found a “queer smorgasbord of flavors including raspberry gum-drops, pickles, olives and chocolate”. Another taster found  “honeysuckle” and an enthusiastic supporter found “spot on Cassis!” A surprisingly affordable Cabernet from Portugal, the 1995 Casa Cadaval, was admittedly a bit simple but had nice cedary, woodsy character. Another found a bit of “tar” reminiscent of some older Napa Cabs. Tannins were “easy” on one palate and “harsh” on another. It was surprising to find it ranked slightly below the most expensive Cabernet of the tasting: Antinori’s famed “Solaia” (@ well over $100) from Tuscany, Italy. This 1996 version was described as dusty, spicy with “dark-toned fruit” and difficult tannins. One stanch defender found a “classy, classic mouthful of Cabernet”. One of the problems for such a dry, lean and tightly crafted wine is that it tends to appear overly austere to many tasters when it is up against far more fleshy, full-bodied wines. This is the so-called “Parker Syndrome”.

Our entry from Washington State, the 1996 “Col Solare” from Chateau Ste. Michelle was found to have “violets, Cassis and cedar on the nose while another found it “plum-like”. It was generally thought to have nice easy tannins and long, mouthfilling Cabernet fruit. A second entry from Chile, the 1997 Montes Alpha Cabernet called simply “M” charmed the tasters with its complex, toasty, lightly oaked nose and eminently flavorful Cabernet fruit. One found an unusual “flowery” note while another found hints of “milk chocolate”, a wine, it was agreed, for near-term consumption. Penfolds renowned Bin #707 (1996) earned second place with its full, rich Cabernet and hints of “cherries, sage, spice…nicely structured”. One found hints of the French grape spirit called “marc” while another found it “too oak dominant but I’ll drink it!” The top wine of the evening was praised for its “rich, lush texture”, its hints of “cherries, peppermint, cream” and “long lingering finish”. It was the 1996 Georges de la Tour Private Reserve Cabernet of Beaulieu, Napa. 


Robert Gorman

Wine Consultant @ Weimax Wines & Spirits

 

GERALD'S NOTES:
I thought this was a terrific tasting. 
The Torres wine simply has not been as outstanding as the "Black Label" Coronas they made many years ago.  This wine was, also, the oldest of the bunch and it simply lacked vitality.
The Sea was a wine I enjoyed quite a bit, but most people interpreted the "creme de cassis" aromas of the Cabernet as "vegetal."  As a result, this wine was not well-liked by the group.  However,  curiously, a French taster (who works for a wine importer in The City) also found the cassis notes to be of interest.   We were, though, the only fans of this wine.
The Portuguese wine of Casa Cadaval, though well out of its league in terms of price, was right in there in terms of quality.  I gave it a star-and-a-half, with my top four wines having 2 stars (on a scale of three).  The Cadaval has some tannin, but it is a serious wine and at a most reasonable price. 
I marked down the Antinori Solaia, finding it a shade less intense than the other wines.   It is good, however.  Bob is quite enthusiastic about this wine.
The Ste. Michelle wine, Col Solare, has aggressive tannins for a wine which is so sweet on the nose.  It's a bit at odds on the palate...sweet oak, violets, creamy notes and then these harsh, biting tannins.  It will be interesting to see if this wine ever arrives at a point of balance.
The Montes Alpha "M" is also nicely oaked, but a shade better balanced at this stage.
The two favorites of the tasting are both matured in American oak.  The Penfolds, one of the benchmarks for Australia (as BV was for California 20 years ago), was a powerhouse!   Lots of peppermint to this lavishly oaked red.  It is very showy and probably not quite as cellarworthy as some of the others due to its lack of acidity. 
The BV, returning to the lofty place it held in the 1960s and 1970s, was also excellent.   It has less "woody" notes than the Penfolds...it is a stylish and lovely Napa Valley Cabernet. 
Gerald@weimax.com

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WEIMAX TASTING ARCHIVE

1998 CHTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE September 12, 2001

1999 "High Roller" CHARDONNAYS  September 5, 2001

1998 BORDEAUX  August 22, 2001

1997 VOSNE-ROMANE Tasting  August 1, 2001

1999 CALIFORNIA ZINS  July 25, 2001

1998 CABERNET SAUVIGNONS  July 11,  2001

OLD CALIFORNIA CHARDONNAYS June 6, 2001

1997 ECHEZEAUX May 30, 2001

1999 NORTH COAST ZINFANDELS May 23, 2001

1999 West Coast Merlots May 9, 2001

1999 WEST COAST PINOT NOIRS May 2, 2001

1997 BARBARESCO  April 25, 2001

Mostly RUSSIAN RIVER PINOT NOIRS  April 11, 2001

1997 NAPA CABERNETS April 4, 2001

1995 BRUNELLO di MONTALCINO March 28, 2001

1997 CHAMBOLLE-MUSIGNY & MOREY SAINT DENIS
with one 1996...March 14, 2001

1997 GEVREY-CHAMBERTIN  March 7, 2001

1996 BAROLO  February 28, 2001

1978-1979 California Cabernets January 10, 2001

1997 California Cabernets November 8, 2000

1997 TUSCAN SANGIOVESES  November 1, 2000

1997-1998 Chteauneuf-du-Papes & CALIFORNIA WANNABEEs  October 25, 2000

Mostly 1998 PINOT NOIRS  October 11, 2000

1996 CALIFORNIA CABERNETS  October 4, 2000

MATURE CLARETS  September 27, 2000

1997 RED BORDEAUX  September 13, 2000

1997 NAPA CABERNETS   September 6, 2000

1998 CALIFORNIA CHARDONNAYS   August 30, 2000

1997 CLOS DE VOUGEOTS August 23, 2000

SYRAH & PETITE SIRAH  August 9, 2000

FANCY CALIFORNIA MERLOTS   August 2, 2000

1996 FAMOUS CALIFORNIA CABERNETS  June 14, 2000

WEST COAST SYRAHS  June 7, 2000

1997 CABERNETS  May 31, 2000

VIOGNIERS of RECENT VINTAGE May 24, 2000

1997-1998 ZINFANDELS  May 10, 2000

SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE CLARETS May 3, 2000

1996 California CABERNETS  April 12, 2000

1996 FRENCH RED BURGUNDIES   March 29, 2000

CALIFORNIA vs ITALIAN (Tuscan) SANGIOVESE  March 22, 2000

WEST COAST PINOT NOIRS  March 8, 2000

AUSSIE SHIRAZ TASTING  March 1, 2000

FRENCH CHAMPAGNES (NV BRUTS)  January 5, 2000

1996 BORDEAUX (MEDOC) TASTING  November 10, 1999

CABERNET-INFLUENCED VINI FROM ITALY November 3, 1999

THE VINO-FINO TASTERS (A private tasting group)
VINO FINO:  1997 BORDEAUX - MEDOC
VINO FINO:  1997-1998 SANGIOVESES

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