Hawk and Horse Vineyards
2012 Red Hills Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Sauvignon •Hawk and Horse Estate
California: Lake County: Red Hills
The bird & the beast
Hawk & Horse made a HUGE impression on all of us in 2020. They stacked one great hit after another and the wines keep getting better and better.
Their 2012 vintage earned a WIA because it’s at a SWEET SPOT with its perfect standing on that bridge crossing youthfulness over to maturity. To celebrate the occasion, and this still puzzles us, we were able to knock off a couple more bucks off the last already insanely affordable price point last we had the opportunity to highlight the majestic wine before us.
FROM $85 TO $25?! WHAT???
Folks, truth be told, we may never see a Hawk & Horse Cab this affordable ever again…
“This $#!% is bananas, B-A-N-A-N-A-S!”
Bananas. Bonkers. Spun. That’s how we feel about this one. Ever wish you could get a glimpse at the upcoming Super Bowl winner so you could place a monster bet? Or get in on some pre-IPO Amazon stock? We can’t make that happen, but we can advise you to grab this REEDONKULOUS TRIPLE GOLD winning, 93 pointer Cabernet at a head-spinning 68% OFF.
And that’s kind of the same thing. Because it’s $85 on the producer’s website. And $25 here, while it lasts at least…
Moving along, there are two things you need to understand about this wine.
First, the winemaker, Dr. Richard Peterson. Heard of him? Probably not. But you’ve heard of Screaming Eagle and Heidi Barrett. Get this - before Heidi came on board it was her dad, Dr. Peterson who led the first four vintages of Screaming Eagle into cult stardom. Then Heidi Barrett took over. That’s not all. Richard also took André Tchelistcheff’s post at Beaulieu Vineyards, helped develop Atlas Peak Vineyards, and he presides over numerous institutions including the American Society for Enology & Viticulture, The Wine Institute, Society of Wine Educators and American Institute for Wine and Food. Oh and he wrote an award-winning autobiography “The Winemaker”. Just…WOW!
Second, we have the Red Hills AVA, a little known (for now) region named for its red volcanic soils. It sits just north of Napa, in Lake County - about ten miles north of Howell Mountain in fact. Here you’ll find some exceedingly high-quality Cabernet without the “Napa tax”. There’s a good reason why visionaries like Fred Schrader, Stéphane Derenoncourt, and Andy Beckstoffer have been quietly investing in land here. This gem comes from a small 18-acre Demeter Certified Biodynamic® Vineyard perched at 2,200 feet elevation.
Anyways, you want to know what it’s like?? Smooooth, creamy raspberry jam, cassis, cocoa, spice, savory bacon fat, and pencil shavings all served up in a CLASSY, balanced style somewhere between New and Old World. Like a primo Napa Cabernet, without the price. It packs a finish that doesn’t quit. It has dusty, fine-grained tannins and can definitely age for another 5+ years. In short, one of the absolute best Cabernet values we’ve found this year. For a truly memorable experience, serve up a nice fatty prime ribeye dusted with some Maldon salt. MMMM…Man, what a discovery!
Just flat out rocking good stuff at this price and we might have enough to last the day. That’s it, we’re off to Five Dot Ranch to grab a Porterhouse!!
Gold Medal / 93 Points – Tastings
Gold Medal – New York International Wine Competition
Gold Medal – Denver International Wine Competition
Dense ruby to purple with briliant streaks of deeper garnet emerging
Smooooth, creamy raspberry jam, cassis, cocoa, spice, savory bacon fat, and pencil shavings
All served up in a CLASSY, balanced style somewhere between New and Old World
It has dusty, fine-grained tannins and can definitely age for another 5+ years
For a truly memorable experience, serve up a nice fatty prime ribeye dusted with some Maldon salt
What the Winery Says
- Consulting Winemaker
- Dr. Richard Peterson
- 97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petite Verdot
- Red Hills, Lake County
- 100% Hawk and Horse Estate
- Cortina (gravel), bale loam (sand), Pleasanton loam (clay)
- 19 months
- 80% new French oak