2022 Showdown ‘Man with the Ax’ Cabernet Sauvignon

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2020 Showdown ‘Man with the Ax’ Cabernet Sauvignon

The ‘Man with the Ax’ is the nickname for the King of Diamonds in Poker-parlance, and in California, Cabernet is undoubtedly ‘King’. Rich cassis fruit and a good lick of oak make this a plush, easy-drinking example of why it is so highly prized.'.

Tasting Notes


Ripe blackcurrant and wild berry fruit on the nose complemented sweet vanilla oak.


Rich cassis and black cherry fruit on the palate with a soft, juicy, yet long finish. Framed by the subtle American oak.

2021 Showdown ‘Man with the Ax’ Cabernet Sauvignon


This wine is sourced from vineyards in the northern part of California’s Central Valley. The region around Lodi and Manteca enjoys significant influence from San Joaquin and Sacramento river deltas, which act as a natural cooling system to the often-searing heat. The effect is to provide freshness to the ripe, fruit-charged Cabernet grapes. Individual Cabernet blocks are vinified separately and then blended to produce a wine that reflects the right balance between fruit and structure. The wine then spends 6 months in oak to provide a broad frame for this rich wine.


Boutinot has been working with growers in California for over 10 years, finessing our offering from vintage to vintage, increasingly with specific estates sourcing old vine material and site-specific fruit.

The current range of wines are sourced from the warm region of Lodi in Central California, to which Samantha Bailey brings her esteemed palate and decades experience to hone these elements into the brightest wines of The Sunshine State.

Alan's Tasting Notes

"Outstanding - really easy on the palate with loads of smoky blackcurrant fruit, a hint of spice and a glug of vanilla from the oak ageing giving a really well balanced, smooth drinking red!"


  • Silver at the Sommelier Wine Awards 2019 (2017 Vintage)
  • Silver at Catavinum 2018 (2015 Vintage)
  • Silver at the IWSC 2018 (2015 Vintage)


Year 2022
Bottle Size 750ml
Cultivar 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Country USA
Alcohol content
13.5% alc vol 
Units of Alcohol per Bottle 10.1 units
Type Red Wine
Features Vegetarian, Vegan
Allergen Information Contains sulphites
Food Matches Almost any red meat, especially served rare, is going to do the trick!
Origin California
Appellation Central Valley