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Hawk and Horse Vineyards 2012 Red Hills Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Hawk and Horse Vineyards 2012 Red Hills Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Best of Lake!
2020 Wine Intrigue Awards
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Best of Lake!
2020 Wine Intrigue Awards

Mission Codename 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

“Exceptional!”

Gold Medal – New York International Wine Competition

Gold Medal – Denver International Wine Competition

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Hawk and Horse Vineyards 2012 Red Hills Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml Wine Label
Look

Dense ruby to purple with brilliant streaks of deeper garnet emerging

Smell

Smooooth, creamy raspberry jam, cassis, cocoa, spice, savory bacon fat, and pencil shavings

Taste

All served up in a CLASSY, balanced style somewhere between New and Old World

Finish

It has dusty, fine-grained tannins and can definitely age for another 5+ years

Pairing

For a truly memorable experience, serve up a nice fatty prime ribeye dusted with some Maldon salt

What the Winery Says 2012 Red Hills Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Hawk and Horse Vineyards
Hawk and Horse Vineyards
Consulting Winemaker
Dr. Richard Peterson
Vintage
2012
Varieties
97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petite Verdot
Appellation
Red Hills, Lake County
Vineyard
100% Hawk and Horse Estate
Soils
Cortina (gravel), bale loam (sand), Pleasanton loam (clay)
Alcohol
14.3%
pH
3.55
Aging
19 months
Barrels
80% new French oak

About the Winery Hawk and Horse Vineyards

Hawk and Horse Vineyards Winemaker Dr. Richard Peterson
Hawk and Horse Vineyards Winemaker Dr. Richard Peterson
Hawk and Horse Vineyards 2012 Red Hills Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml Wine Bottle
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Hawk and Horse Vineyards 2012 Red Hills Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml Wine Bottle
Offer Expired Dec 29, 2020 at 11:59 pm
$00.00
Price Redacted
$85.00
Elsewhere