Aged Cabernet Series Wine Club ReviewLast Updated: November 9, 2016 / Original Review: October 7, 2010 by WineClubReviews.net
The Aged Cabernet Wine Club is a sophisticated approach to enjoying and learning about how wine ages, specifically how Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon changes after it ages eight to twelve years. These wines have all been perfectly cellared at the winery and are ready to drink now.
Some recently featured selections include:
- von Strasser 2005 Post Vineyard, Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
- Peacock Family Vineyard 2006 Spring Mountain District Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
- Rocca Family Vineyards 2006 Collinetta Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
- Bacio Divino Cellars 2005 Janzen Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
If you're comparing to the tasting notes from new releases please note: as Cabernet ages, it moves from firm tannins and fruitiness to a more earthy palate (cedar, tobacco) with softer tannins and the color lightens a bit — these are normal characteristics of an aged Cabernet, and help us to understand a different expression of the same winemaking.
Benefits of Membership with The California Wine Club
There is much to love about The California Wine Club, not the least of which is their devotion to California's "Mom & Pop" and boutique wineries, where some of the best value and most interesting wines in America come from. This helps the wine club find great quality wines to ship to their equally-devoted monthly members.
Being a member at The California Wine Club means you get access to:
- An industry-leading satisfaction guarantee (read more below)
- Your own personal wine consultant who can help you buy wine, arrange for winery visits, and even just answer questions you have about wine you've received.
- Discounts on reorders (when they're still available) and a $25 voucher for wine from their online store in your first shipment.
- Members-only offers on special wines and seasonal sales like 1-cent shipping.
- A free corkscrew in the first shipment.
Aged Cabernet Series Wine Club Ratings
At WineClubReviews.net we take an objective approach to our star ratings system. Our written reviews are very much subjective, based on our 8+ years of wine club review experience and our own ideas about what good wine and good value mean. The star ratings are based on 11 attributes that we feel define what a wine club should be. Here is how Aged Cabernet Series Wine Club stacks up on these traits.
We look at three areas when evaluating the discount opportunities offered by a wine club. Is there an introductory offer to sweeten the deal? Are there discounts available for buying more of wines you loved in your shipments? Are there special discounts only available to members?
The California Wine Club has been experimenting with introductory offers, but mostly for their mainstream Premier Wine Club. However we have an exclusive discount offer of 50% off your first shipment. Use promo code WCRHALF at checkout to take advantage of this deal — for the Aged Cabernet Series it saves you $117!!
The California Wine Club offers generous discounts on reorders, while supplies last—while you don't save more when you buy more, the prices start at rock bottom for as few as two more bottles.
Inside each shipment there is a wine scorecard to fax or mail back (you can also go to the My Account section of the website and rate the wines online). The scorecard conveniently reminds you of their 10% reorder discount— one of the biggest benefits of joining a wine club is the reorder discount! They'll also find a $25 credit toward a future purchase, and information about The California Wine Club that makes you look like a wine gift pro.
Lastly, members-only special deals come up all the time. Whether it's presale opportunities or extra discounts in their wine shop, you'll be glad you participate.
Note: This rating is our objective analysis of The California Wine Club's satisfaction guarantee—not our assessment of whether or not you’re guaranteed to be satisfied with their wines.
The California Wine Club offers a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee: They'll refund you for any wines you don't love. That said, we'd be genuinely surprised and concerned if you recive a poor selection from The California Wine Club.
What if I don't like the wine?
Although wine tastes vary from person to person, our wines are guaranteed. If you get a bad bottle, we will immediately reship a replacement or refund your money!
We've been drinking wine from The California Wine Club on a regular basis for 8+ years now. If you're looking for a taste of smaller-production, family-owned wines from California, this is a terrific choice. They specialize in wineries you probably haven't heard of and for the Aged Cabernet Series, highly-rated gems.
This is an area where The California Wine Club isn't quite as competitive as similar clubs, but you're always paying less than retail and reorders are marked way down.
The Aged Cabernet Wine Club is wholly unique— we're not aware of any other wine clubs offering aged wines, much less premium aged Napa Cabernet.
In six years of working with The California Wine Club we have never had a single customer complaint. That's amazing to us. Our usual Internet sleuthing failed to turn up any customer complaints. Kudos to them!
The California Wine Club sends out the prettiest assortment of wine info (called Uncorked) with each shipment of The Aged Cabernet Series. It contains tasting notes about each wine, the wineries they come from, the winemakers, and the wine region. They also go all-in on food pairing recipes and members-only deals like $1 shipping on case reorders. Uncorked is a great place to learn about the featured wines from other California Wine Clubs, too — and even order them with your member discount!
The California Wine Club is a more old-fashioned company. If you need to hold your service for a vacation or want to cancel your membership you'll need to call and speak to someone during regular business hours. You can handle reorders yourself online, as well as see a record of the wines you've received and when you received them.
While we generally value personalization highly in wine clubs, for certain types of clubs like the Aged Cabernet club, personalization is largely unnecessary. You can choose whether you receive your two bottle shipments monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly.
Until recently, curation at The California Wine Club was always handled by its owners, Bruce and Pam Boring. While management of the company has shifted, Bruce and Pam still have a hand in selecting the wines each month. They're not qualified "wine experts" (neither are we for that matter), but they have more than 25 years experience tasting wines that impress their customers, which stands for a lot. We've seen wine clubs come and go and happy customers is the only way you stay in business this long.
To give the Aged Cab club as a gift would mean you are feeling very generous, but we are certain the recipient would love every last drop of these special wines and their valuable membership in The California Wine Club.
When you give a gift, you can choose any number of shipments from 1 - 12, and you can still choose whether it ships monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly.