Sigel’s Benchmark Cabernet Tasting Blows Your Mind With Quality

wine1by Andrew Chalk

It was packed. And no surprise about that. Sigel’s 4th Annual Benchmark Cabernet Tasting at the Park Cities Club was full of some of the best Cabernet Sauvignons from the U.S. (and a few from Australia and South Africa as well). Among the 50+ wines there were names with established reputations like Dominus, Beaulieu, Beringer, Groth, Miner, Robert Mondavi, Nickel and Nickel and Newton) and also startups and boutique wineries producing just a few hundred cases but with absolutely no quality concessions (Arietta, Bello Family, Carte Blanche, Francesca, Herold, Kobalt, Larkin, Priest, Rudius and Tor).   

All the wines are on sale pricing at Sigel’s through the weekend. Among my favorites (in alphabetical order with sale pricing shown) were:

2010 Dominus, Napa ($179.99)
2008 Newton, ‘Puzzle’, Spring Mountain, Napa ($84.99)
2009 Robert Mondavi Reserve, Oakville, Napa ($111.99)
2010 Tor Kenward, Oakville ($111.99)

My ‘best values’ were:

2008 Cafaro, Napa ($33.99)
2010 Newton, Unfiltered’, Napa ($44.99)
2010 Rombauer, Napa ($37.99)
2009 Selene ‘Dead Fred’, Coombsville ($39.99)

A Partial list of wines on Sale:

Winery

Appellation

Designation

vt

reg $

Sale

Press

Anderson’s Conn Valley

Conn Valley

Reserve

2010

79.99

71.99

93-96rp

Arietta

Napa

2010

124.99

112.99

94rp

August Briggs

Sonoma

Monte Rosso

2009

51.99

43.99

 

Beaulieu

Napa

Georges de Latour

2008

128.99

115.99

93rp

Bello Family

Rutherford

2009

91.99

81.99

93rp

Beringer

Napa

Private Reserve

2007

109.99

59.99

97rp

BR Cohn

Sonoma

Olive Hill

2008

57.99

51.99

 

Cafaro

Napa

2008

39.99

33.99

 

Carte Blanche

Napa

Proprietor’s Red

2010

129.99

116.99

 

Carte Blanche

Napa

2010

129.99

116.99

 

Casa Piena

Yountville

Our Gang

2009

74.99

66.99

92ws

Ch St Jean

Sonoma

Cinq Cepages

2009

64.99

57.99

 

Chapellet

Napa

Signature

2010

53.99

47.99

 

Clarendon Hills

Clarendon

Brookman

2006

49.99

42.99

93rp

Clos du Val

Stag’s Leap

SLD

2009

69.99

62.99

93rp

Dominus

Napa

2010

199.99

179.99

92rp

Frank Family

Rutherford

Reserve

2010

86.99

77.99

90rp

Groth

Napa

Reserve

2009

124.99

111.99

91st

Hayfork

St Helena

Lewelling Ranch

2010

69.99

62.99

93rp

Herold

Napa

2010

99.99

89.99

94rp

Keenan

Spring Mt

Reserve

2009

94.99

84.99

94rp

Kobalt

Napa

2010

104.99

94.99

95rp

Larkin

Napa

2010

54.99

45.99

 

Loring

Paso Robles

2012

24.99

20.99

 

Meerlust

Stellenbosch

Rubicon

2007

35.99

29.99

92st

Miner

Pritchard Hill

Oracle

2008

84.99

71.99

 

Miner

Pritchard Hill

Stagecoach

2008

69.99

58.99

 

Mollydooker

McLaren Vale

Gigglepot

2011

51.99

45.99

90+rp

Mt Brave

Mt Veeder

2010

96.99

86.99

93rp

Napanook

Napa

2009

59.99

53.99

93rp

Newton

Napa

Unfiltered

2010

49.99

44.99

 

Newton

Spring Mt

Puzzle

2008

94.99

84.99

 

Neyers

Napa

AME

2009

78.99

70.99

90-92rp

Neyers

Napa

Conn Valley

2010

54.99

45.99

91st

Nickel & Nickel

Rutherford

CC Ranch

2009

94.99

84.99

92+rp

Realm

Combsville

Farella

2010

127.99

114.99

93rp

Red Mare

Napa

2010

49.99

44.99

 

Robert Mondavi

Napa

Reserve

2009

124.99

111.99

94rp

Rombauer

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