EP 896 Supermarket Wine Week- California Cabernet

Gary finishes off the week with another round of supermarket wines, this time focusing on 3 of the most popular Californian Cabernets.

Wines tasted in this episode:

Blackstone Cabernet SauvignonCalifornia Cabernet Sauvignon
Kendall Jackson Cabernet SauvignonCalifornia Cabernet Sauvignon
2007 Frei Brothers Cabernet SauvignonSonoma Cabernet Sauvignon

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line of the day – ‘Very grapey’

More average wines and hard to make a captivating show as a result. There is, however, one of GV’s best expressions at 8.24, so that’s fun in itself

Tags: cabernet, california, red, review, Sonoma, wine, wines

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  • Good to see this end.

    QOTD: I haven’t decided, worked an off schedule all week and haven’t really been able to get into anything. Maybe an 2007 Albert Mann Gewurztraminer Steingrubler that a few people reccommended.

  • Anonymous

    QOTD: I have a magnum of 2005 Smith Haut Lafitte (rouge) that is BEGGING to be opened this weekend with some friends. I KNOW that it could be 15 years too early, but I think I’m going to pop it. I have another magnum that I can hold if it turns out to be WAY too young. CHEERS!!

  • QOTD: Dying to try but won’t. Delas Hermitage Marquise de la Tourette 2005. Since the girlfriend would kill drinking a Rhone wine without her I have to decline

  • sacrilege!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Send it to me, I’ll keep it for you until 2013… Man, I can’t get hold of that yet, envy…

  • review? I got 06 in storage

  • review?

  • Anonymous

    Funniest thing. After the “not bad” review on the Yellow Tail Shiraz, sales went up at my store. Thanks Gary! ; )

    This weekend is my Riesling Fest Birthday Bash:
    2006 Solter Brut
    2004 Joseph Scharsch Altenber de Wolxheim Riesling (Alsace Gran Cru)
    2007 Chateau Ste. Michelle/Dr. Loosen Eroica Riesling
    2007 Dr. Loosen/Chateau Ste. Michelle Saint M Riesling
    2006 J2 Weingut Becker Landgraf Im Felsenkeller Olberg Auslese
    2004 Zeller Schwarze Katz Weingut Heinrich Mayer Riesling Eiswein (My German co-worker gave this to me yesterday after I had raved about how much I enjoy Eiswein)

    And for my red wine friends:
    2007 Cellier du Rhone Chateauneuf du Pape
    2007 TJ’s Grand Reserve Carneros Pinot Noir

    After all that loveliness, the very happy Wine Geek will have more room on her racks. Yeah!

  • Anonymous

    I am dying to try my 2005 Boudreaux Cabernet Sauvignon I have staring at me….

  • b-727

    GV: What do you mean about the Frei Brother wine that is smells like “crushed rocks for the Kids”? 21 year olds? 12 year olds? I just don’t get the crushed rocks with age linkage.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe because you only put rocks in your mouth when you’re a kid?

  • Anonymous

    Agree. I dropped the ball. I’ll blame the wine. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Randall

    Or maybe GV is Papa Smurf and all the Vayniacs are his e-kids…

  • Alexandre-CF

    hey Gary,
    this week was great dude. just the beginning of this show deserve 90 pts…haha

    QOTD: The weekend is gone but for this week iยดm dieing to try “La Reserva de Caliboro Erasmo 2006” from Chile

  • Anonymous

    Gary, you look a little too happy on the preview of this video. A little blury eyed. It’s almost a smirk.
    As we say on the tennis court, NO SMIRKING!
    Mott and I will take you on in doubles anyday. Pick your partner.

  • Anonymous

    That’s a lot of Riesling! Let us know how it went. Who’s the big winner?
    I opened a Leitz Riesling on Friday and it was pretty good but I think I need a hot day and a couplea shrimp to make it really good.

  • Anonymous

    Sounds like a great Birthmonth celebration. Happy B-week!

  • Anonymous

    I’m falling hard for some good qpr CdR’s. Any other recs’? Thanks!

  • Anonymous

    I just found Black Star beer in a can. Very good.

  • Anonymous

    Are you aaroncellos’ girl? R U living in Sin?

  • Anonymous

    Gary suffers so the masses don’t have to ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Anonymous

    I was there and forgot. How was it? I need to order a couple I think.

  • Anonymous

    In my experience you can rarely go wrong with the big names in the area. Additionally there are some surprisingly serious wine in the CdR-Villages -category, I recommend you try Chapoutier’s Rasteau for example.

  • AllanJonassen

    Lookin’ forward to this week, and the big 900. . . .

  • AllanJonassen

    was just pointing out that this year, there have been a heck of alot of american wine on the show. I agree 100% that the US have fantastic wines, no doubt. This show should represent The World Of Wine. GV does a great job already, but please don’t forget Europe… ๐Ÿ™‚


  • waynooo daaa wino


  • whoa…I have some serious catch-up here…was on the road for business with no time to spare, and then off-line for a couple of days…looking forward to this

  • hokie wino

    QOTD: Well it’s Monday but I had a bottle of Ruffino Ducale Riserva this weekend and it was delicious!

  • LurkerKing

    Dirk Von Lurkowitz

  • Allan

    I WAAAAANNNNNNNNNTTTTTTTSSSSSSSSS MYYYYYYYYYYY WLTVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • waynooo daaa wino


  • waynooo daaa wino


  • Anonymous

    Thanks! I’ll give it a sniffy sniff

  • Mojave Joe

    Why can’t you post these shows sooner?

  • Mojave Joe

    Sorry, my comment below was a test–looks like it made it.

  • Mojave Joe

    I can’t remember the qotd, but i enjoyed Star Tree Chardonnay and Bogle Petit Syrah (I am not a big spender on wine–I wish I could be).

  • RobinC

    QOTD: not this weekend but the next I look forward to drinking the 2004 Penfolds RWT Shiraz. We went to the Las Vegas Spectator Wine Event a couple of months ago and the RWT was my favorite there.

  • WineWoman

    Thanks for the Birthday Wishes. If you enjoy Riesling, try to get your hands on some Mehmher Kabinett. Not sure of the spelling–I know they put an extra consonant in there somewhere. We had it at a BYO Restaurant, so I don’t have the empty bottle. It was very food-friendly.

  • TommyB

    QOTD: 2006 Villa Caffagio Cianti Classico. I’ve had it before about a year ago – same vintage; can’t wait to see how its moved on.
    By the way – that start’s gotta be my new favourite ever WLTV moment!!

  • Anonymous

    QOTD: Had a bottle of 2004 Montes Folly this weekend. One hell of a fruit-bomb (where are ya, winecrazy?)

    Speaking of Kendall-Jackson, I have a friend who uses KJ as a touchstone for judging the quality of wines. Once, I served him a rather expensive Super Tuscan and he commented that it was so good that it might be almost as good as KJ.

  • WineWoman

    I have had Rockford wines and have purchased them in NJ, but it’s been at least 3- 5 years since I’ve bought any. Might have seen it at PJ’s Wine(NYC) Last I had was the Chard and I think I got it from Bertelli’s in Clifton (under new ownership) or SuperCellars. It was a notable wine, because it was featured in The Australian Wine Collection at a tastin at Macy’s DeGustibus Cooking School in NY.

  • waynooo daaa wino

    qotd: Had da Dehlinger East Face Syrah 2001 & it was GOOOOOOOOOOD !!!!!!!!!!! ;o)

  • waynooo daaa wino

    Yo Dude, I thought You was supposed ta be “Lurkin'”….??… ;oD

  • Anonymous

    qotd: Dying to try my ’94 Lopez Heredia Rose [might not be this weekend tho, weekend after possibly]

  • Anonymous

    Just got a new job and to celebrate I opened a 1999 Chateau Margaux. It was very nice, but not quite as intense as I had hoped. Nevertheless, lovely, balanced and elegant wine.

  • Nope.. Have no idea who he is.. Sounds like a nice chap though. .. just thought I’d throw out a suggestion or two. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Audiofan55

    IF it turns out to be too young??? Cry Havoc and let loose the dogs of infanticide!! You might as well pour it down the drain…and magnums age slower than reg size bottles…so wait more like 20 years for the other bottle!

  • Anonymous

    Frankly, these shows didn’t do much for me. I think you summed things up well, although you said “no real highs or lows”. What, 67 isn’t low? I’m pretty sure that’s one of the lowest scores in WLTV history (I’ll have to check the SS Chris spreadsheet to confirm).

    QOTD: After the fact, but had a nice 2004 August Pieri Brunello di Montalcino on Sunday evening with some friends at an outdoor Cleveland Orchestra concert and it was really nice.

  • passion4wine

    Yea I know- I go to France every year and they won’t even look at Cal wines there-and they are missing out. I know they produce a lot of wine, good wine. But Us wines have their own unique flavor and it should be appreciated. Everyone has their favorite flavors and those become our benchmark for other wines.

  • Thinking about your previous ratings, now it means that Blackstone is the worst american wine producer?

  • Anonymous

    GV – I really like the Charles Smith House Wine Red…probably not widely available but isn’t hard to find!

    QOTD: I guess any wine I haven’t had, but probably the Treana 2008 White!


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