Hawk and Horse Vineyards
2013 Red Hills Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Sauvignon •Hawk and Horse Estate
California: Lake County: Red Hills
Birds & Beasts
Ever wish you could get in on some pre-IPO Amazon stock? Or get a glimpse at the upcoming super bowl winner so you could place a monster bet? We can’t make that happen but we can advise you to grab this REEDONKULOUS 96 + 94 points Cabernet at a head-spinning 64% OFF. And that’s kind of the same thing.
Why? Two things you need to understand.
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 Dr. Peterson who led the first four vintages of Screaming Eagle into cult stardom. Then his daughter - 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”. 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. 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. 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 steak!!
Gold Medal – Tasters Guild International Wine Competition
Gold Medal – Los Angeles International Wine Competition
Gold Medal – Denver International Wine Competition
96 Points – Winemakers Challenge International Wine Competition
94 Points – The Tasting Panel
A dense ruby/purple color greets the eye.
Loads of black fruits, licorice, graphite, and baking spices.
Medium to full-bodied, with elegant, authoritative tannins.
Impressive intensity, building up to a complex, long finale.
Grilled steaks and veggies on the BBQ, or with rich stews.
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)
- 23 months
- 80% new French oak