Decanter panel tasting (Feb 2012): California Cabernets 2008 - The wines

The style, drinkability, and even the value for money of these Californian Cabernets impressed the panel. A vintage to buy with confidence.

Wine name Producer Country Region Vintage

Diamond Creek, Volcanic Hill Cabernet Sauvignon, Diamond Mountain District-Napa Valley

Diamond Creek Vineyards United States California 2008

Silverado Vineyards, Solo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District-Napa Valley

Silverado Vineyards United States California 2008

Diamond Creek, Red Rock Terrace Cabernet Sauvignon, Diamond Mountain District-Napa Valley

Diamond Creek Vineyards United States California 2008

Robert Mondavi Winery, Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Robert Mondavi Winery United States California 2008

Louis M Martini, Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley-Sonoma County

Louis M Martini Winery United States California 2008

Shafer, One Point Five, Stags Leap District-Napa Valley

Shafer Vineyards United States California 2008

Diamond Creek, Gravelly Meadow Cabernet Sauvignon, Diamond Mountain District-Napa Valley

Diamond Creek Vineyards United States California 2008

PlumpJack, Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville-Napa Valley

PlumpJack Winery United States California 2008

Dana Estates, Cabernet Sauvignon, Helms Vineyard, Rutherford-Napa Valley

Dana Estates United States California 2008

Gott 8, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Trinchero Family Estates United States California 2008

Darioush, Darius II, Mount Veeder-Napa Valley

Darioush United States California 2008

Far Niente, Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville-Napa Valley

Far Niente Winery United States California 2008

Wente Vineyards, Nth Degree Cabernet Sauvignon, Livermore Valley-San Francisco Bay

Wente Vineyards United States California 2008

World's End, Good Times Bad Times, Oakville-Napa Valley

N/A United States California 2008

Robert Mondavi Winery, Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville-Napa Valley

Robert Mondavi Winery United States California 2008

Sebastiani, Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley-Sonoma County

Sebastiani Sonoma Cask Cellars United States California 2008

J Davies, Cabernet Sauvignon, Diamond Mountain District-Napa Valley

J Davies Vineyards United States California 2008

Miner, Cabernet Sauvignon, Stagecoach Vineyard, Napa Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Schug, Heritage Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Valley

Schug Carneros Estate Winery United States California 2008

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars, Cask 23, Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District-Napa Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2008

V Sattui Winery, Cabernet Sauvignon, Morisoli Vineyard, Napa Valley

V Sattui Winery United States California 2008

Vine Cliff Winery, Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville-Napa Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Cliff Lede, Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District-Napa Valley

Cliff Lede Vineyards United States California 2008

Ridge, Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Santa Cruz Mountains

Ridge Vineyards United States California 2008

World's End, Crossfire, Oakville-Napa Valley

N/A United States California 2008

Dana Estates, Cabernet Sauvignon, Lotus Vineyard, Napa Valley

Dana Estates United States California 2008

Kunde, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County

Kunde Estate Winery United States California 2008

Moone Tsai, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Moone Tsai Winery United States California 2008

Hourglass, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Hourglass United States California 2008

Robert Mondavi Winery, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Robert Mondavi Winery United States California 2008

Trinchero, Napa Cellars, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Trinchero Family Estates United States California 2008

Whitehall Lane Winery, Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Whitehall Lane Winery United States California 2008

V Sattui Winery, Cabernet Sauvignon, Preston Vineyard, Napa Valley

V Sattui Winery United States California 2008

Bell, Cabernet Sauvignon, Clone 6, Rutherfold-Napa Valley

Bell Wine Cellars United States California 2008

Cakebread Cellars, Benchland Select Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Cakebread Cellars United States California 2008

Ehlers Estate, 1886 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, St Helena-Napa Valley

Ehlers Estate United States California 2008

Etude, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Etude Wines United States California 2008

Hendry, Cabernet Sauvignon, Hendry Vineyard, Napa Valley

Hendry Wines United States California 2008

Hourglass, Cabernet Sauvignon, Blueline Vineyard, Napa Valley

Hourglass United States California 2008

Joseph Phelps, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Joseph Phelps Vineyards United States California 2008

Oakville Ranch, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Oakville Ranch Vineyards United States California 2008

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars, SLV Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District-Napa Valley

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars United States California 2008

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars, Fay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District-Napa Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Signorello Vineyards, Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2008

V Sattui Winery, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mount-Veeder-Napa Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Vina Robles, Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Frog's Leap, Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford-Napa Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Spring Mountain Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Spring Mountain District-Napa Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Stratton, Lummis, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Corison Winery, Kronos, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Franciscan Oakville Estate, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Louis M Martini, Lot 1, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Textbook, Fin de Journee, Napa Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Valley of the Moon, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Delicato Family Vineyards, 337, Cabernet Sauvignon, Lodi

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Paul Hobbs, Cross Barn, Napa Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Beringer Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Corison Winery, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Moone Tsai, Cor Leonis, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Paul Hobbs, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2008

V Sattui Winery, Cabernet Sauvignon, Vittorio's Vineyard, Napa Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Vine Cliff Winery, Private Stock, 16 Rows Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville-Napa Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Caymus Vineyards Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Lake Sonoma Winery, Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander VAlley-Sonoma County

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Parallel, Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Pride Mountain Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Pride Mountain Vineyards, Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa-Sonoma

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Bell, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Duckhorn Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Louis M Martini, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Staglin Family Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford-Napa Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Trefethen Family Vineyards, Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Oak Knoll District-Napa Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Beringer Vineyards, California Collection, Cabernet Sauvignon, California

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Buccella, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Cade, Napa Cuvee, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Delicato Family Vineyards, Irony, Napa Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Kendall-Jackson, Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Kenwood, Cabernet Sauvignon, Jack London Vineyard, Sonoma Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Schug, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2008

William Hill Estate, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Bogle Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon, California

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Cakebread Cellars, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Kathryn Kennedy Winery, Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Santa Cruz Mountains

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Signorello Vineyards, Padrone, Napa Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Wente Vineyards, Southern Hills Cabernet Sauvignon, Livermore Valley-San Francisco Bay

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Wente Vineyards, Small Lot Cabernet Sauvignon, Livermore Valley-San Francisco Bay

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Pine Ridge Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District-Napa Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Vellum, Coombsville, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Darioush, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Et Cetera, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2008

The Hess Collection, Allomi, Napa Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Peter Franus, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Long Meadow Ranch, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Avalon, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Frog's Leap, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Cliff Lede, Poetry, Stags Leap District-Napa Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Ghost Pines, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa & Sonoma

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Groth, Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville-Napa Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Joseph Phelps Insignia, Napa Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Monticello Vineyards, Corley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Ray Signorello, Edge, Napa Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Ray Signorello, Fuse, Napa Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Groth, Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville-Napa Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Avalon, Cabernet Sauvignon, California

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Cade, Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain-Napa Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Jordan, Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley-Sonoma County

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars, Artemis, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Arrowood, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Beringer Vineyards, Culinary Collection, Cabernet Sauvignon, California

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Black Stallion Estate Winery, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Pine Ridge Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Trinchero, Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford-Napa Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Stuhlmuller Vineyards Estate, Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley-Sonoma County

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Whitehall Lane Winery, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Trefethen Family Vineyards, Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Oak Knoll District-Napa Valley

N/A N/A N/A 2008