Gundlach Bundschu Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
A bold Cab, that has lots of spirit and palate interest. This wine can hold its own when paired with a meal or enjoyed solo. Deep berry flavors, mix with a jag of chocolate. This was the most expensive wine in our tasting, but also the unanimous favorite! As an aside this particular wine is amazing with dark chocolate. Will cellar well for 10-15 years. Typically retails for around $25 a bottle.
Columbia-Crest Cabernet Sauvignon 2001
This ruby red wine is medium-bodied and full of fresh fruit flavors like cherry and even blackberry. It is an easy going wine that is fairly friendly for a variety of meal matches. Try it with a zesty steak or pot roast. If you are looking for an interesting cheese to pair it with, give Blue Cheese a shot. The flavors mingle really well together. Reasonably priced at $13 a bottle.
McManis Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
A deep garnet colored California Cab with aromas of bell pepper and flavors of fresh berry. The McManis Cab is a medium bodied wine with a smooth and easy finish. The 2001 vintage was the winner of a double gold medal at the International Wine Competition held in San Francisco. At only $10 a bottle, this may be the best bargained Cab around!
Penfolds Rawsons Retreat Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
A classic Australian Cabernet Sauvignon with a very affordable price tag ($8). For a young Cab, Penfolds has produced a fresh, palate-friendly wine with soft tannins (read: pucker-power), boasting both visual and pairing appeal. A fairly versatile wine that went extremely well with spicy spaghetti and meatballs. Generally enjoyed the tasting experience.