The wine is very dark, almost black. Even with a light behind it it is opaque in the center, royal purple around the edges. The nose shows fresh blackberry with coconut and vanilla lingering in the background. On the palate, blackberries and elderberries lead, with smoke and cayenne pepper in the background. Black cherries and unsweetened chocolate show in the mid-palate. Tannins are hugely aggressive and could use years in the cellar to settle down. Fortunately, it has acids and structure to last. This is a long-term investment that should pay off with a good steak in 2020 or later. Highly Recommended (91-92). DH


WHO: Hawk and Horse Vineyards
WHAT: Cabernet Sauvignon (98%), Merlot (2%)
WHERE: California, North Coast, Red Hills Lake County
WHEN: 2008
HOW MUCH: $65 (media sample)

 

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