EP 9 Episode #9 – Cali Cabs under $20

2003 Stephan Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon

2003 Twenty Rows Cabernet Sauvignon

2003 Trentadue Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon

2000 Douglass Hill Cabernet Sauvignon

2003 Simi Cabernet Sauvignon

2003 Hess Select Cab Sauv

Gary explores the wonderful world of california cabs, focusing in on under $20

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Local Cellar

Way to go Stephan Ridge Paso Robles! Paso has some of the BEST QPR wines anywhere in the world. Totally undervalued. Watch out!!

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  • The Fanjestic

    1st Skittles reference?

  • The Fanjestic

    1st Skittles reference?

  • lawschooldrunk

    Woohoo, switching up the background to baseball. How ’bout them Yanks?

    Sorry, Gary, I have no idea who/what Simi is. Maybe it’s because I’m only familiar with the Kosher wines (although simi is a jewish nickname).

    Febreeze, cinnamon toast crunch, skittles and college girls make their appearance!

    Seems like gary is trying to rush through the tastings for some reason.

    Just curious- what happens to all the open bottles after the episode, Gary?

    LOL! stealing the orange marmalade strawberry shortcake character! I remember those dolls…

    Ummm, eating construction paper? I believe I’m having that tonight right before the chicken.

    I believe this is the first episode using the slightly worms-eye-view camera angle. I like this the best. sorry, Gary, for being almost two years late with these comments.

    I’m feeling it! Get fa’shnikin.

  • lawschooldrunk

    Woohoo, switching up the background to baseball. How ’bout them Yanks?

    Sorry, Gary, I have no idea who/what Simi is. Maybe it’s because I’m only familiar with the Kosher wines (although simi is a jewish nickname).

    Febreeze, cinnamon toast crunch, skittles and college girls make their appearance!

    Seems like gary is trying to rush through the tastings for some reason.

    Just curious- what happens to all the open bottles after the episode, Gary?

    LOL! stealing the orange marmalade strawberry shortcake character! I remember those dolls…

    Ummm, eating construction paper? I believe I’m having that tonight right before the chicken.

    I believe this is the first episode using the slightly worms-eye-view camera angle. I like this the best. sorry, Gary, for being almost two years late with these comments.

    I’m feeling it! Get fa’shnikin.

  • David Cole

    Again, this is one of those shows that you could pull and wine or two out and do a follow up on how they are now with some time. That is something I think we are missing in the USA on wine. WE (not me) want to drink it now and have it be great, but history (or France) has shown that making wine that last is fun and great for collecting!

    I’d like to Stephan Ridge or now as it’s called L’Aventure taste now. I’m sure Stephane still has some, so get a vertical from like 2002, 2003 and 2004. If it goes well, sell the hell out if as a package! No charge for that idea either, just send me one of the verticals and we’ll call it good!:)

  • David Cole

    Again, this is one of those shows that you could pull and wine or two out and do a follow up on how they are now with some time. That is something I think we are missing in the USA on wine. WE (not me) want to drink it now and have it be great, but history (or France) has shown that making wine that last is fun and great for collecting!

    I’d like to Stephan Ridge or now as it’s called L’Aventure taste now. I’m sure Stephane still has some, so get a vertical from like 2002, 2003 and 2004. If it goes well, sell the hell out if as a package! No charge for that idea either, just send me one of the verticals and we’ll call it good!:)

  • Wanginator

    I think it might a coincidence that the top three wines have the same olive-colored bottles than the other bottles, which are greener.

  • Wanginator

    I think it might a coincidence that the top three wines have the same olive-colored bottles than the other bottles, which are greener.

  • Dan Leavy

    gary is much more comfortable now i see

    ninth word “Totally”

  • Dan Leavy

    gary is much more comfortable now i see

    ninth word “Totally”

  • kjdion

    cabs have got to be by far my favorite wines.

  • kjdion

    cabs have got to be by far my favorite wines.

  • A dumb Rhine king

    Saw the swipe at Bogle there. What about their Petite Sirah? ;)

    http://tv.winelibrary.com/2009/01/16/petite-sirah-episode-609/

    Granted the year you liked was probably still bleeding from the pruning during taping of this episode.

    :)

  • A dumb Rhine king

    Saw the swipe at Bogle there. What about their Petite Sirah? ;)

    http://tv.winelibrary.com/2009/01/16/petite-sirah-episode-609/

    Granted the year you liked was probably still bleeding from the pruning during taping of this episode.

    :)

  • Tom A.

    Great show, but I was wondering what happened to the white page that you used for color. That seemed to work pretty well.

  • Tom A.

    Great show, but I was wondering what happened to the white page that you used for color. That seemed to work pretty well.

  • ulu ulu ulu ulu

    Good show, I think you’re right about the Hess

  • ulu ulu ulu ulu

    Good show, I think you’re right about the Hess

  • Brian Johnson

    6 wines in 11 minutes!!! That would never happen today :-) I’ve had some Simi and Hess wines before and was interested to see how you rated them. I didn’t care for the ones I had and it appears you didn’t care for these ones either.

  • Brian Johnson

    6 wines in 11 minutes!!! That would never happen today :-) I’ve had some Simi and Hess wines before and was interested to see how you rated them. I didn’t care for the ones I had and it appears you didn’t care for these ones either.

  • http://www.kenmoorhead.com Ken Moorhead

    Well, Brian Johnson more or less stole my comment… Under 30 seconds per wine, each under 20 bones. Rapid fire, baby.

  • http://www.kenmoorhead.com Ken Moorhead

    Well, Brian Johnson more or less stole my comment… Under 30 seconds per wine, each under 20 bones. Rapid fire, baby.

  • Allan J

    Akward show, with all the glasses, but you got that sorted with time.

  • corkscrew

    Trip through the oldies..I will also 3rd the comments below, 6 wines in 11 minutes….now it would be 6 wines in 2 episodes of 30 minutes each..have had Hess, Simi (not favs), heard of Stephen and 20 Rows but never tried, never heard of the other two. My favorite Cali Cab under $20 is the Louis Martini Napa Valley which drinks like a $30++ bottle. http://www.winelx.com

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/P6Q7W6SAPBXFDB6CJQONIPGD2I Allan

    All the glasses…. a little bit of a messed up show… too many glasses.

  • jeremy

    Another great early episode. There are so many great cabs out there in this price range, which makes it easier to experiment.

  • Anonymous

    I agree there seemed to be confusion with too much going on and not enough on each wine, fine episode but not your best.

  • Anonymous

    It is a bit of a crazy show but there were alot of wines. great show though, on a very important wine area. This is where i spend most my day helping customers. Man HESS got spanked!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=630276710 Luca Bercelli

    90/100

    line of the day – ‘college girls would like this nose in their rooms’

    First mentions of ‘Fabreze’ and ‘Cinnamon toast crunch’. Didn’t notice it first time round but there appears to be an edit at 7.30. Cant remember this happening in any other episode. Six wines reviewed in 11 minutes…way to go

  • http://twitter.com/LocalCellar Local Cellar

    Way to go Stephan Ridge Paso Robles! Paso has some of the BEST QPR wines anywhere in the world. Totally undervalued. Watch out!!

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