EP 581 5 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon wines – BLIND!

Gary Vaynerchuk tries 5 wines blind and sees which tickle his palate, as we continue the Napa Cabernet theme this week!

Wines tasted in this episode:

2004 Beringer Napa Cabernet SauvignonNapa Cabernet
2005 Barnett Cabernet Sauvignon Spring MountainNapa Cabernet
2004 Steltzner Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Barrel SelectNapa Cabernet
2005 Newton Unfiltered Cabernet SauvignonNapa Cabernet
2005 Cliff Lede Stag’s Leap District Cabernet SauvignonNapa Cabernet

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luca bercelli

92/100

line of the day – ‘a flabby lame duck that went 70 yards’

I’ve loved every blind tasting that Gary has done. How many other major wine critics in the world would be happy to do ‘one-take’ blind tastings? My guess is less than 1. Phenomenal

Tags: Blind Tasting, cabernet, california, napa, red, review, Video, wine, wines

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  • Bored Doe

    Great Show… Love the blind format. I would say once a week for blind tastings would be awesome

  • Bored Doe

    Great Show… Love the blind format. I would say once a week for blind tastings would be awesome

  • Valentin

    This again confirmed that the mainstream Cali Cabernets are totally overpriced. It is really insane. QOD: Yes, do the blind format more often.

  • Valentin

    This again confirmed that the mainstream Cali Cabernets are totally overpriced. It is really insane. QOD: Yes, do the blind format more often.

  • How about making “blind” be the default format for ’09, but allow some exceptions (guest shows, etc)? So kinda the reverse of the current format.

    Good show! CA Cabs scare me – too spotty and the price tag doesn’t tell you much.

  • How about making “blind” be the default format for ’09, but allow some exceptions (guest shows, etc)? So kinda the reverse of the current format.

    Good show! CA Cabs scare me – too spotty and the price tag doesn’t tell you much.

  • Great show. I really like the blind format, esp because I can skip to the end and get a better side by side comparison. Its esp. great for some of the more common wines, that most people know. These wines should be covered up, your judgements would hold much more weight. For more esoteric wines though, I think you should leave the labels out so you can talk more about the specific grapes and regions ect.
    QOTD: Blind at least once a week, but not for the more off the beaten path wines.

  • Great show. I really like the blind format, esp because I can skip to the end and get a better side by side comparison. Its esp. great for some of the more common wines, that most people know. These wines should be covered up, your judgements would hold much more weight. For more esoteric wines though, I think you should leave the labels out so you can talk more about the specific grapes and regions ect.
    QOTD: Blind at least once a week, but not for the more off the beaten path wines.

  • Randy C

    Go Blind at least a couple times a month. The format is entertaining.

  • Randy C

    Go Blind at least a couple times a month. The format is entertaining.

  • Stephen

    Gary,

    Love the show. I vote for going blind once a week, but with more commonly available wines.

    You da man.

    Regards,
    Stephen

  • Stephen

    Gary,

    Love the show. I vote for going blind once a week, but with more commonly available wines.

    You da man.

    Regards,
    Stephen

  • Nik

    QOTD – I think go blind for at least 2 shows out of every week. Doing every single show blind would be way over the top.. and would mean you wouldn’t be able to do interviews with winemakers or owners from the industry.

  • Nik

    QOTD – I think go blind for at least 2 shows out of every week. Doing every single show blind would be way over the top.. and would mean you wouldn’t be able to do interviews with winemakers or owners from the industry.

  • PSPatrick

    I really like the blind format and I’d say that at least one and up to two shows per week would be fun. Going all shows blind – no thanks. Special themes shows are also entertaining and education and shows with guests tend to be awesome. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket…

  • Carlitos

    QOTD. YES, blind ALL THE WAY. Even YOU have PRECONCEIVED NOTIONS!!!

  • Carlitos

    QOTD. YES, blind ALL THE WAY. Even YOU have PRECONCEIVED NOTIONS!!!

  • Eli

    I love the blind format. But I wouldn’t do it every day. How about once a week?

  • Eli

    I love the blind format. But I wouldn’t do it every day. How about once a week?

  • Jayhitek

    QOTD: How about 75% of the time…

  • Jayhitek

    QOTD: How about 75% of the time…

  • MannyPants

    YES TO BLIND

  • MannyPants

    YES TO BLIND

  • Colin

    Blind all the time. No question.

  • Colin

    Blind all the time. No question.

  • QOTD – Blind is great but even Christmas would lose a little something if it happened everyday. Keep it spontanious, a few times a week/month. Never had Cliff Lede but I will now.

  • QOTD – Blind is great but even Christmas would lose a little something if it happened everyday. Keep it spontanious, a few times a week/month. Never had Cliff Lede but I will now.

  • mnlope

    Please go blind the entire year of 2009…go blind forever. It’s the most impartial format and the most exciting to watch.

  • mnlope

    Please go blind the entire year of 2009…go blind forever. It’s the most impartial format and the most exciting to watch.

  • I like one blind taste a week, at least. but not every day. make it a little special.

  • I like one blind taste a week, at least. but not every day. make it a little special.

  • John

    Blind 20% of the time.

  • John

    Blind 20% of the time.

  • DH

    “And in that day shall the deaf hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity, and out of darkness.” Isaiah 29:18.

    Mass is held once a week.

  • DH

    “And in that day shall the deaf hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity, and out of darkness.” Isaiah 29:18.

    Mass is held once a week.

  • Hugh McCabe

    Great show, I like the unbiased format.
    It reminds of a recent blind tasting in New Zealand of 6 Hawkes Bay bordeaux blends vs 6 top Bordeaux from the 2005 vintages.
    It is on http://www.geoffkellywinereviews.co.nz.
    The bordeaux wines included 3 first growths along with Cos d’Estornel and Troplong Mondot and ranged in price from $US 144 to $574, the New Zealand wines were between $US $16.40 to $41.
    Judges included James Halliday the noted Australian wine judge and author and Elin McCoy from the US.
    Suffice to say the most highly rated wine was not from France and the QPR of the $16.40 wine was staggering! That one was Trinity Hill “The Gimblett”.
    Now I’m sure you could do a similar tasting with Napa vs Bordeaux with similar results but the Napa wines would be more expensive than the Kiwi ones.
    Currently our NZ dollar is the “Pacific Peso” at 55 US cents.
    Maybe you could try some of our Hawkes Bay reds vs Napa or Bordeaux blind, with the stipulation the the average price of the Napa or Bordeaux wines should be twice that of the New Zealand wines.I think the kiwi wines still would stack up well.

  • Hugh McCabe

    Great show, I like the unbiased format.
    It reminds of a recent blind tasting in New Zealand of 6 Hawkes Bay bordeaux blends vs 6 top Bordeaux from the 2005 vintages.
    It is on http://www.geoffkellywinereviews.co.nz.
    The bordeaux wines included 3 first growths along with Cos d’Estornel and Troplong Mondot and ranged in price from $US 144 to $574, the New Zealand wines were between $US $16.40 to $41.
    Judges included James Halliday the noted Australian wine judge and author and Elin McCoy from the US.
    Suffice to say the most highly rated wine was not from France and the QPR of the $16.40 wine was staggering! That one was Trinity Hill “The Gimblett”.
    Now I’m sure you could do a similar tasting with Napa vs Bordeaux with similar results but the Napa wines would be more expensive than the Kiwi ones.
    Currently our NZ dollar is the “Pacific Peso” at 55 US cents.
    Maybe you could try some of our Hawkes Bay reds vs Napa or Bordeaux blind, with the stipulation the the average price of the Napa or Bordeaux wines should be twice that of the New Zealand wines.I think the kiwi wines still would stack up well.

  • Lawrence Leichtman

    Any and all tastings done blind should be the way to go. That way there is less bias as you said in a previous episode that you liked the guys and this would definitely affect the tasting experience. I have not liked Beringer in 15 years so not surprised how the tasting came out. Cliff Lede has been up and down. I didn’t know that Newton had an unfiltered Cabernet and I do like the Chardonnay so I may have to try it.

  • Lawrence Leichtman

    Any and all tastings done blind should be the way to go. That way there is less bias as you said in a previous episode that you liked the guys and this would definitely affect the tasting experience. I have not liked Beringer in 15 years so not surprised how the tasting came out. Cliff Lede has been up and down. I didn’t know that Newton had an unfiltered Cabernet and I do like the Chardonnay so I may have to try it.

  • QOTD: Not the whole year but maybe a commitment. “Blind Tuesdays” or something like that.

  • QOTD: Not the whole year but maybe a commitment. “Blind Tuesdays” or something like that.

  • Dave from VA/FL

    Hey GV, thanks for continuing the blind tastings, I really enjoy watching them!

  • Dave from VA/FL

    Hey GV, thanks for continuing the blind tastings, I really enjoy watching them!

  • John

    Not the whole year, I do like the idea of at least one day a week.

  • John

    Not the whole year, I do like the idea of at least one day a week.

  • Hey Gary, I love the BLIND, but for the entire year maybe not such a good idea, as suggested by most other people maybe like once or twice a week, “Blind Tuesdays” was mentioned that’s a cool idea, and could be a wristband idea too.

    Keep doing what you do.

    Stu

  • Hey Gary, I love the BLIND, but for the entire year maybe not such a good idea, as suggested by most other people maybe like once or twice a week, “Blind Tuesdays” was mentioned that’s a cool idea, and could be a wristband idea too.

    Keep doing what you do.

    Stu

  • Russ J

    Blind for 2009! Maybe a few “special” non-blind shows…..

  • Russ J

    Blind for 2009! Maybe a few “special” non-blind shows…..

  • Dave from VA/FL

    QOTD: Ditto the other comments to do blind once a week…

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