Wente Vineyards ''The Nth Degree'' Cabernet Sauvignon Ranked Among Top California Cabs in Bordeaux Tasting: Bordeaux Elite Rank 12 Iconic California Cabernet Sauvignons

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In a tasting of 12 iconic California Cabernet Sauvignons hosted by the American Vintners Club on October 19th in Bordeaux, France, Wente Vineyards The Nth Degree Cabernet Sauvignon ranked 4th. Tasters included dozens of top Bordeaux producers, including Hubert de Bouard of Chateau Angelus, Christian Seely of AXA Millesimes, Liliane Barton of Leoville Barton, Kees Van Leeuwen of Chateau Cheval-Blanc, Eric d'Aramon of Chateau Figeac and May-Eliane de Lencquesaing of Chateau Pichon-Lalande. The wines, in order of ranking by the group are:

The Livermore Valley is truly one of the premier wine regions of the world

    1. Rocca Family Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon, Yountville, Napa Valley (Release SRP $55)

2. Caymus Vineyards, Special Selection, Napa Valley (Release SRP $136)

3. L'Aventure, Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles (Release SRP $60)

4. Wente Vineyards The Nth Degree, Cabernet Sauvignon, Livermore Valley (Release SRP $50)

5. O'Shaughnessy Estate, Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley (Release SRP $65)

6. Ramey Wine Cellars, Jericho Canyon Vineyard Cabernet Blend, Napa Valley (Release SRP $90)

7. Robert Craig Wine Cellars, Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley (Release SRP $60)

8. Flora Springs, Rutherford Hillside Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley (Release SRP $100)

9. ZD Wines, Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley (Release SRP $115)

10. Palmaz Vineyards "Gaston," Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley (Release SRP $100)

11. Ridge Vineyards, Monte Bello, Santa Cruz Mountains (Release SRP $120)

12. Justin Vineyards, Isosceles Reserve, Paso Robles (Release SRP $85)

American winemakers Chuck Wagner of Caymus, Amelia Ceja from Ceja Vineyards, and Ravenswood founders Jim and Julia Wisner were in attendance. The vintners used a 20-point scale, ranking the wines 1 through 12. All wines were 2002 vintages and top scorers in previous tastings.

"The Livermore Valley is truly one of the premier wine regions of the world," said Karl Wente, Fifth Generation Winemaker. "When we developed our small-lot winery to create The Nth Degree wines, our goal was to prove that our estate can produce wines that are among the best in the world. This tasting is one of many validations of the estate fruit. To earn a place among some of California's greatest, most iconic Cabernets is very rewarding."

About Wente Vineyards

Celebrating its 125th Anniversary in 2008, Wente Vineyards is the country's oldest, continuously operated family-owned winery. Today, the winery is under the ownership and management of the fourth and fifth generations of the Wente family. Blending traditional and innovative winemaking practices, the winery draws from 3,000 acres of sustainably farmed estate vineyards to create an outstanding portfolio of wines. Located just east of San Francisco in the historic Livermore Valley, Wente Vineyards is recognized as one of California's premier wine country destinations, featuring wine tasting, fine dining and championship golf. http://www.wentevineyards.com.

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