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Paso Robles is slowly gaining recognition as a premier growing region and the wineries of the C.A.B Collective (the acronym standing for Cabernet And other Bordeaux) are out to showcase the quality of the area’s Bordeaux varieties. After the success of their inaugural CABs of Distinction event and the increased exposure and credibility from Paso Robles being named Wine Region of the Year by *Wine Enthusiast Magazine*, the C.A.B Collective is very excited  for their CABs of Distinction event taking place on April 25th & 26th. Here’s a preview of some of the delicious Cabernets you’ll be able to sample at the event (Check out the Merlots, Malbecs, and Bordeaux-style blends , too):

 

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Adelaida 2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Grape(s): 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Region: Paso Robles

Price: 70-75

Tasting Notes:

Aromas of blackberries, cassis, and black cherry are accented by notes of dark chocolate and toasty oak on the nose. The palate delivers flavors of bramble fruit and currants that unfold into suggestions of roast coffee, cocoa, and sweet spices.  Rich tannins and layered flavors make this a Cabernet a  standout. 235 cases were made.

Rating: 92

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Justin 2010 “Isosceles” Blend

Grape(s): Cabernet Sauvignon 85%,Cabernet Franc 8% & Merlot 7%

Region: Paso Robles

Price: 65-70

Tasting Notes:

A bouquet of bramble fruit, cherry, dark chocolate, and cedar rises up from a glass. Notes of blackberries, cassis, and cherries blend with nuances of cocoa, clove, and smokey oak on the palate. Opulent and dark, with rich tannins, it drinks well now, but will certainly do well in the cellars, too.

Rating: 90

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Justin 2011 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Grape(s): 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Region: Paso Robles

Price: 45-50

Tasting Notes:

Aromatics of plums, currants, and black cherries blend with hints of all-spice and toasty oak on the nose. The palate offers flavors of cherry, plum, and cassis that open up into suggestions of vanilla, sweet spice, and cedar.  A mouth-filling red with good structure, it’s ideal for a juicy steak now but will along mature nicely with a few years in the cellars.

Rating: 89

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Parrish Family Vineyards 2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Grape(s): 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Region: Paso Robles

Price: 45-50

Tasting Notes:

Fragrances of bramble fruit and plums mingle with notes of cedar and clove on the nose.  Flavors of boysenberry, plum, and black cherry unfurl into nuances of  smokey oak, sweet spice, and dusty earth on the palate. Plentiful tannins and concentrated dark fruit make this an ideal wine to enjoy with food. 255 cases produced.

Rating: 89

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Calcareous Vineyard 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

Grape(s): 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Region: Paso Robles

Price: 35-40

Tasting Notes:

A bouquet of blackberries, cherries, currants, and dark chocolate greets the senses.  Flavors of cassis and blackberry come together with notes of clove, toasty oak, and dark chocolate emerge on the palate.  A nicely structured, mouth-filling red, enjoy a bottle now with a juicy steak or give it some time in the cellar. 260 cases produced.

Rating: 91

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B&E Vineyard 2009 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Grape(s): 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Region: Paso Robles

Price: 25-30

Tasting Notes:

Aromatics of cherries, plums, and blackberries open up into hints of toasty oak on the nose. The palate offers flavors of cherry, plum, and strawberry along with a suggestion of red licorice. A lighter, more elegant Cabernet, fans of smooth, fruit-driven reds will enjoy this wine. 456 cases produced.

Rating: 88

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Ancient Peaks 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon

Grape(s): Cabernet Sauvignon 76%, Syrah 16%, Zinfandel 4%, Petit Verdot 2%, & Cabernet Franc 1%

Region: Paso Robles

Price: 15-20

Tasting Notes:

Fragrances of bramble fruit and currants are accented by notes of smokey oak, vanilla, and herbs on the nose. The palate reveals flavors of blackberry, cassis, and black cherry that open up into hints of sandalwood, pepper, and caramel. Dark and full-bodied with a peppery highlight, it’s not a typical Cab, but fans of something a little different ought to try a bottle. 9,508 cases produced.

Rating: 87

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Daou 2011 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Grape(s): 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot, & 9% Petit Verdot

Region: Paso Robles

Price: 55-60

Tasting Notes:

Notes of cherries, currants, and bramble fruit wrap around suggestions of cedar, earth, and clove on the nose. Flavors of blackberry, cassis, and black cherry combine with hints of smokey oak and all-spice on the palate. A dark, concentrated Cab with rich tannins, enjoy with food now or give it some time in the cellar.

Rating: 90

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Hammersky 2010 Caberenet Sauvingon

Grape(s): 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Region: Paso Robles

Price: 70-75

Tasting Notes:

A bouquet of cherries, currants, medjool dates, and fruit cake spice greets the senses. A sip delivers flavors of cassis and black cherry with accents of clove, dusty earth, and vanilla bean.  A dark red with intriguing highlights, if you are looking for an out-of-the-ordinary Cab, give this bottle a try. 56 cases were made.

Rating: 88

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Chateau Margene 2010 Reserve Caberent Sauvignon

Grape(s): Cabernet Sauvignon 86%,Cabernet Franc 9% & Merlot 5%

Region: Paso Robles

Price: 80-85

Tasting Notes:

Aromas of blackberries, currants, and black cherries are accented by hints of minerals and herbs on the nose. Cassis, blackberry, and cherry flavors emerge on the palate, accompanied by notes of peppercorns, sage, and earth. Fans of velvety tannins and dark concentrated flavors will enjoy this bottle.

Rating: 90

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Hunt Cellars 2009 “Cask 21” Cab-Ovation

Grape(s): 100% Cabernet

Region: Paso Robles

Price: 135-140

Tasting Notes:

Aromatics of black currants, blackberries, and cherries mingle with sweet spice, cedar, and vanilla on the nose. Flavors of cassis, black cherry and bramble fruit open up into notes of toasty oak, vanilla, and dark chocolate.  A rich, smooth wine that offers excellent depth, it truly is a Cabernet of distinction.

Rating: 96

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Hunt Cellars 2008 “Opulence” Cabernet Franc

Grape(s): 100% Cabernet Franc

Region: Paso Robles

Price: 60-65

Tasting Notes:

The nose offers aromas of cherries, blackberries, and baked currants accented by suggestions of dark chocolate, caramel, and coffee. A sip unfurls flavors of cassis, black cherry, and bramble fruit that meld with hints of toasty vanilla, mocha, clove. Smooth, slightly sweet, and rich, with exceptional layers and a long lingering finish, it’s not a typical Cab Franc, but it is very, very tasty.

Rating: 98

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Hunt Cellars 2009 “Cloud 9” Cabernet Sauvignon

Grape(s): 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Region: Paso Robles

Price: 75-80

Tasting Notes:

A bouquet of bramble fruit, cherries, black currants, and toasty oak greets the senses.  The palate delivers flavors of blackberry, boysenberry, cassis, and black cherry accented by hints of cedar, vanilla, and sweet spice. With lush, concentrated flavors, it’s a superb Cab.

Rating: 94

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Vina Robles 2010 Caberent Sauvignon

Grape(s): Cabernet Sauvignon 81% & Petit Verdot 19%

Region: Paso Robles

Price: 20-25

Tasting Notes:

Notes of black cherries, bramble fruit, and herbs rises up from a glass. Blackberry, cherry, and cassis flavors interweave with smokey, woodsy, and herbaceous notes on the palate. Plush tannins and dark concentrated flavors make it a wine that will work nicely with food.

Rating: 87