Quick Sip: Hawk and Horse 08 Cabernet Sauvignon

Hello Friends,

I don’t necessarily need a special day to uncork and enjoy a Cabernet-based wine, but since there is a day for everything from apples to zucchini, then why not have a day to celebrate Cabernet, right? Besides, during past events, I noticed that this event encouraged a number of people to try Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc or their French counterparts – namely Bordeaux and Loire Valley red wines. And I totally endorse the idea of wine adventurism and tasting new wines and learning about new wine regions. The more you learn about wine, the more you are likely to enjoy it. #CabernetDay, as we call it on Twitter, was started three years ago by Rick Bakas of Bakas Media. It combines a myriad of online tasters and social media for a unique opportunity to engage with countless like-minded wine enthusiasts from all over the wine globe. For one day – all day long, we tweet, we sip, and we enjoy!

Hawk and Horse Vineyards 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon

One of the wines I thoroughly enjoyed [from start to finish] on #CabernetDay was the 2008 Hawk and Horse Vineyards’ Cabernet Sauvignon (98% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Merlot) from the Red Hills AVA of Lake County, California (which is north of Napa Valley). Hawk and Horse Vineyards, who released their first vintage in 2004, is a small family-owned-and-operated bio-dynamic/organic grower that has 18 acres of vine plantings primarily planted to Cabernet Sauvignon – a grape variety that apparently is well suited to the area. For me, this is a very pleasing, but still youthful wine that’s well-structured and balanced; offering blackberry, sweet dark cherries, plum, spice, and subtle perfume (of spring flowers) aromas that extend to the palate with medium tannins which lead to a nice lingering/lasting finish. The good folks at Hawk and Horse Vineyards made 1,150 cases of this tasty juice, which was hand-farmed and cropped at a low 1.7 tons per acre. While it drinks well now and improves with aeration; for the patient, I think it’s a wine that will reward its owner even more in several years.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the Hawk and Horse Vineyards’ Latigo; a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon port-styled wine. Invite one or both of these bottles to your dinner table this fall. I believe you and your guests will be well pleased. The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon sells for $65, is sealed with natural cork, and clocks in at 14.1% ABV. To find this wine and learn more about Hawk and Horse Vineyards, click here. Cheers!

Click here to visit Hawk and Horse Vineyards' website.

Have a question about this post, friends? Feel free to leave a comment or send me an e-mail at myvinespot@yahoo.com, and as always, Happy Sipping! Stay tuned ...more to come. Disclosure: This wine was received as a media sample. Thoughts are my own.

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