What is interesting about comparing these wines (and that was not the intention of this tasting) is just how different these wines were. The Angelus, a Cabernet Franc and Merlot blend from Bordeaux, showed some of the textbook qualities one looks for from great Bordeaux wines. Despite being from the ripe 2003 vintage, it was full of floral elements, long cedar notes, and a darkness of fruit that permeates without overt sweetness. It was young, but still a pleasure to drink with the beef tenderloin.
What is interesting is that the two California wines have garnered much praise from popular press like Wine Spectator, and wine critics like Robert Parker. Parker has come under fire in recent years for almost single-handedly leading to the proliferation of spoofilated-wines, wines that are highly extracted and loaded with alcohol. See, Parker likes those type of wines, and when he slaps a 100 point score on a wine (as he did with the 2007 Kapscandy Cabernet), people go ape-shit for the wine. I suppose it comes down to personal preference; there are plenty of people who might appreciate these wines. There was a time when I might have liked these wines...but that time is long gone now and tasting wines like these only confirms that for me.
As long as people remain moderate drinkers for the rest of their lives, no help with alcoholism would ever be necessary.