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From WineLA.com: A Cabernet showcase, bringing the best producers to Los Angeles…meet the owners, winemakers, and executives and taste over 100 top quality cabernet wines…held at The Peninsula Beverly Hills, a 5-star and 5-Diamond property.

This is the 10th anniversary of the Stars of Cabernet grand tasting event expertly orchestrated by Wine LA’s founder Ian Blackburn. I don’t think I’ve attended every event, but I’ve certainly covered a large number of them. With that said, I believe that this year held a lot of new discoveries for me as well as others, as the crowd was also very pleased with what they found.

The pour list is below, and as is my habit in a large public tasting, my notes are limited as to which wines captured my interest due to excellent aroma, flavor and a wholly pleasant tasting experience. I also was unable to visit every table and every wine, but I think I covered plenty of new ground. The wines I found most preferable, and that I will seek out to try to visit and purchase, are noted below in italics. (If you just want to see photos go here.)

STARS OF CABERNET WINE LIST

ADDENDUM WINES 
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 
2015 Skellenger Lane, Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford 
2015 Stagecoach Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Atlas Peak 
 
ALLEGRETTO VINEYARDS 
2014 Malbec, Paso Robles 
2015 Tannat, Paso Robles 
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Willow Creek 
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Willow Creek

ALMAVIVA WINERY 
2009 Bordeaux Red Blend, Puente Alto, Maipo Valley, Chile 
2014 Bordeaux Red Blend, Puente Alto, Maipo Valley, Chile 
2015 Bordeaux Red Blend, Puente Alto, Maipo Valley, Chile 
 
ANDERSON CONN VALLEY  
2015 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley  
2015 “Eloge” Prop Red Blend, Napa Valley 
2016 “Right Bank” Prop Red Blend, Napa Valley 
2015 “Signature” Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

BERNARDUS – I have visited this winery in Carmel Valley in the past and was pleased to taste this vertical presentation, the 2010 being my overall favorite.  
2010 Marinus Estate, Marinus Red, Carmel Valley 
2011 Marinus Estate, Marinus Red, Carmel Valley 
2012 Marinus Estate, Marinus Red, Carmel Valley 
2013 Marinus Signature Estate, Marinus Red, Carmel Valley

CAMI 
2014 Red Wine Blend Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley  
2015 Red Wine Blend Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 
 
CHATEAU POTELLE VGS 
2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Mount Veeder, Napa Valley 
2016 FOURMEAUX, Red Blend, Wildcat Mountain Vineyard, Mount Veeder, Napa Valley 
2016 Zinfandel, Alta Vista Vineyard, Moon Mountain, Sonoma County 
2016 Potelle Two, Red Blend, Napa Valley 
 
CHATEAU BOSWELL 
2015 “At Anchor,” Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 
 
CLOS DU VAL 
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

DUCKHORN WINE COMPANY – The opportunity to taste the 2006 Estate Cab was a mindblower. Hope you have some in your cellar. Also enjoyed the 2015 as well. 
2015 Duckhorn Napa Valley Cabernet 
2016 Decoy Sonoma County Cabernet 
2006 Duckhorn Estate “Patzimaro Vineyard” Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon  
 
FRANK FAMILY VINEYARDS – The 2014 was my favorite, however I enjoyed the older 2013 almost as much. 
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 
2014 Rutherford Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford 
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Winston Hill Red, Rutherford 
2016 Chardonnay, Carneros, Sonoma County

HAWK & HORSE VINEYARDS –A favorite at every STARS of Cab event I think, the Hawk and Horse 2009 Cab blew my socks off. Noticing a trend of liking some of these older Cabs… 
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Hills Lake County 
2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Hills Lake County  
2012 Latigo Cabernet Sauvignon Dessert Wine, Red Hills Lake County 
 
HERB LAMB VINEYARDS – HL Vineyards was a new one for me. I noted that I enjoyed the 2014 best. 
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 

HERTELENDY VINEYARDS – Another new winery discovery for me, I enjoyed both reds that were poured: the 2014 Cab and 2015 blend. This is a winery to watch.

2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 
2015 Chardonnay, Ritchie Vineyard, Russian River Valley 
2015 Signature Mountain Blend, Napa Valley 
 
HESTAN VINEYARDS 
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Stephanie, Napa Valley 
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Blend, Napa Valley 
2015 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast

JACK WINERY 
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 
2016 Proprietary Red Blend, Napa Valley  
2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

JONATA 
2006 El Desafio De Jonata “the Defiance” Cabernet Sauvignon, Ballard 
Canyon, Santa Ynez Valley  
2015 The Hilt “Estate” Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills 
2014 Jonata Todos Red Wine Vineyard Blend Ballard Canyon, Santa Ynez Valley

LADERA VINEYARDS – Another new discovery from Napa Valley. Meeting and tasting with managing partner Kacey Stotesbery – and I was completely charmed by the reds. I took her card with the idea of visiting soon. 
2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley 
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 
2014 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain

LAUREL GLEN VINEYARDS  
2015 Counterpoint Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Mountain 
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate, Sonoma Mountain 
 
MAISON D’AMIS – Enjoyed the 2014 Red Wine Napa Valley for its percentage of Cabernet Franc. 
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 
2014 Red Wine Napa Valley 
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford 
2016 Chenin Blanc, Clarksburg

MARCIANO ESTATE WINERY – Only one wine to taste here? No problem. It was pretty good. 
2015 Marciano Estate M Proprietary Red Wine 
 
MERRY VALE VINEYARDS – 2014 and 2015 were both quite grand. I hadn’t had a Merry Vale wine in awhile, glad I revisited. 
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 
2015 Profile Red Wine, Napa Valley 
 
MORAGA BEL AIR –This private vineyard in Bel Air, that sells to wine clubs and some local restaurants, was a treat to taste. The 2009 was stellar. Hope to get to try more in the future. 
2009 Moraga Red, Los Angeles County 
2014 Moraga Red, Los Angeles County 
2014 Moraga White, Los Angeles County 
2016 Moraga White,  Los Angeles County 
 
NELLCÔTE WINERY – Liked both of these Cabs extremely well. 
2015 ‘Rallye 76’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley  
2015 ‘500 Chevaux’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

PALAZZO WINE  
2013 ‘Right Bank’ Reserve Proprietary Red Blend, Napa Valley  
2016 ‘Left Bank’ Red Cuvee / Master Blend Series, Napa Valley 
 
RELIC WINE CELLARS – I passed over the Pinot Noir as my taste buds were set to Cab, but the Rhone Blend, Grenache and Cab bottlings were all excellent. 
2015 Ritual Rhone Blend, Napa Valley 
2015 Paras Grenache, Napa Valley 
2015 Putnam Pinot Noir, Napa Valley 
2014 Artefact Cabernet, Napa Valley

RIBOLI FAMILY WINES 
2014 Stormwatch Bordeaux Blend, Paso Robles 
2013 Riboli Family Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford 
2014 San Antonio “Centennial Blend”, Paso Robles 
2014 Artefact Cabernet, Napa Valley 
 
ROY ESTATE 
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 
2014 Proprietary Red, Napa Valley 
 
S.R. TONELLA CELLARS – There was also a 2010 Cab that I enjoyed at this table, as well as the 2015. And yes, another new one for me to discover. 
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford Estate  
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford Estate  
2017 Sauvignon Blanc Reserve, Rutherford/Oakville  
 
TRUJILLO WINES 
2015 Trujillo Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 
2015 Madelynne Red Blend, Napa Valley 

TUCK BECKSTOFFER ESTATE 
2014 Amulet, Napa Valley 
2014 Mockingbird Red Label, Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville 
2014 Mockingbird Blue Label, Cabernet Sauvignon, Saint Helena 
2015 Dancing Hares, Red Wine, Saint Helena 
 
VINEYARD 29 
2016 Cru Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 
2015 Aida Cabernet Sauvignon, St Helena  
2015 29 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, St Helena

THE UNFILTERED COLLECTION 
2014 AXR Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley  
2014 Debate, Cabernet Sauvignon, To Kalon, Dr. Crane, Missouri Hopper 
2014 Clark-Claudon Vineyards 'Eternity' Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain 
2011 Michel Rolland “MR”, Napa Valley

CHÂTEAU GABY – The 2014 Cuvee stole the show for me at this table. And it was another new wine for me. 
2014 Cuvee, Bordeaux Canon-Fronsac, France 
2012 Chateau Gaby Bordeaux Canon-Fronsac, France 
2014 Chateau Du Parc, St. Emillion Grand Cru, Bordeaux, France 
2014 Chateau Moya, Cotes de Bordeaux, France

THE UNFILTERED COLLECTION – Tickled to find some Bordeaux from South Africa being offered. I really enjoyed the 2014 Finlayson Cabernet Franc, hoping to find that one again! And the last one that was new for me! 
2016 Delaire Graff Botmaskop, Stellenbosch, South Africa  
2015 De Toren Fusion V, Stellenbosch, South Africa 
2012 Glenelly 'Lady May' Cabernet Sauvignon, Stellenbosch, South Africa 
2014 Finlayson Family Vineyards Edgebaston GS Cabernet Sauvignon, Stellenbosch, South Africa 
2014 Finlayson Family Wines David Finlayson Camino Africana Cabernet Franc, Stellenbosch, South Africa 
2014 Simonsig Tiara, Stellenbosch, South Africa 
2014 Rustenberg John X Merriman, Stellenbosch, South Africa  
2014 Overgaauw Tria Corda, Stellenbosch, South Africa  
2015 Thelema Mountain Vineyards ‘Thelema’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Stellenbosch, South Africa 
2014 Zevenwacht Z Reserve, Stellenbosch, South Africa

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