Bruce and Hansen Winery has long been toted in the Paso AVA as having fabulous Cabs. Many of our guests go as far as to say Bruce makes some of the best Cabs in California. We obviously agree, but how can we be sure without tasting all the others? Well, after long deliberation (about three minutes), we decided to rectify that.
Beginning March 11, 2016, we began hosting The Hansen Cab Challenge. The first one was an experiment to be sure: a club member brought an 2003 Opus One and we poured our 2003 Cab Reserve. There were only three of us, and though we all agreed (Hansen was best), we kind of did it cowboy style. Great fun, but we figured we should step it up next time and add a few more judges and wines to compare.
We hosted our second challenge in May of 2016. There were 4 club members (8 of us total) and each brought a favorite 2009 California Cab. We had an Opus One, a Silver Oak (Napa), a Hansen Reserve and a Hansen Limited. After about an hour and a half comparing all four wines we were all in agreement: the two Hansens came in first and second, followed by the Silver Oak and then the Opus One. We were all amazed by this, given the reputation and cost of the Opus and Silver Oak.
Our third Cab Challenge was the 25th of June, 2016. We compared 2012 Cabernets: from Napa a Mondavi Reserve, a BV Georges de Latour, a Moone Tsai Howell Mountain, a Frank Family. From Paso Robles there was a Daou Estate Soul of a Lion, a Le Cuvier, as well as the Hansen Vineyards Estate and Vintners Private Selection.
We will book using the first come, first served system, so please email us at email@example.com to secure your spot. We will let you know if you are one of the lucky six within a week of your email.
The open Cabernet Challenges dates and vintages
Saturday, November 18th 2017 5-8pm Vintage 2006
Saturday, January 20th 2018 5-8pm Vintage 2012
Saturday, February 17th 2018 5-8pm Vintage 2013
Saturday, March 24th 2018 5-8pm Vintage 2014
Saturday, April 21st 2018 5-8pm Vintage 2010
Saturday, May 19th 2018 5-8 pm Vintage 2009
Saturday, June 16th 2018 5-8pm Vintage 2008
Saturday July 14th 2018 5-8pm Vintage 2007
Saturday August 25th 2018 5-8pm Vintage 2006-Cancelled due to unforeseen event