Hawk & Horse Blog

Written by Gabe Sasso

Hawk and Horse Vineyards was founded close to 15 years ago. It remains what it started as, a family owned and run winery specializing in a couple of small lot wines. I’ve become familiar with (and fond of) their releases over the last couple of vintages. So I was looking forward to tasting their newest Cabernet Sauvignon.

The Hawk and Horse Vineyards 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon is an estate wine. All of the fruit comes from the winery’s property in the Red Hills AVA of Lake County. They farm their 18 acre mountain property utilizing Biodynamic and Organic methods. The 2009 vintage is a 100% varietal wine. After fermentation this wine was aged over 23 months in entirely new French oak. 1,350 cases were produced and it has a suggested retail price of $65.00.

Rose petals, cherries and wisps of cinnamon all emerge with conviction from the nose of this 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon. Red fruits are prominent through the palate with black fruit characteristics playing a supporting role. Black pepper and hints of Bay are present as well. The finish is long and sustained with elements of Rhubarb, sour cherry, dusty chocolate and earth all in play. The well integrated tannins and solid acidity provide great structure and backbone for this offering. This wine works extremely well with hearty cuisine.

This is another solid entry from the folks at Hawk and Horse Vineyards. One vintage after another they’re shepherding their property so they can use it to craft well made releases such as this. While this Cabernet is delicious now I do believe it will benefit from a couple more years of bottle age. If you’re drinking it now, I’d recommend decanting it for a few hours. However if you can wait, lay it down for 2-3 years and reap the rewards of patience.


By Gregory Dal Piaz

The Best of Both Worlds2

If port is sometimes too much for you, but the dried fruit of late harvest wines leaves you flat, consider something like this off-the-wall fortified wine from Hawk and Horse Vineyards. Lake County Cabernet fortified with grape spirits to only 16% alcohol, this is a dynamite bottle of wine. Not inexpensive, but damn is it good!

2006 Hawk and Horse Vineyards Latigo Dessert wine, Red Hills lake Co. CA 16% $45 Made with Cabernet Sauvignon

This is lovely, intense and rich on the nose, with notes of burnt sugar, dried herbs, wood spice, vanilla and date and dried plum fruit. Sweet on entry but not terribly heavy, this is open and broad on the palate and filled with red fruit. Strawberry, cherry and a touch of plum glide across the palate topped with gentle wood spice and toasted marshmallow notes. Lots of vanilla drives the wine through the long, red fruited, plum and caramel laden finish. Dangerously easy to drink and so well integrated. This is very aromatic on the finish, with licorice and strawberry popping out with air. I like! 92pts  Read more...

Wines with Altitude in San Francisco

The Lake County Winery Association gears up for the second annual Wines with Altitude event, a San Francisco invasion of Lake County wines offering wine enthusiasts an opportunity to discover the "high elevation" wine region of California's Lake County and sample over 100 wines, on September 8, noon - 3 p.m.at The Winery SF on Treasure Island in San Francisco.

Tickets for Wines with Altitude are on sale now and offered at Early Bird pricing through August 25. Buy two tickets at the special pricing of $70 per pair or $40 for one.

To order tickets go to: http://www.WineswithAltitude.evenbrite.com or www.lakecountywineries.org.

For more information email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 707-355-2762.


September 9th & 10th - Hawk and Horse Vineyards will be pouring and selling wine at Family Winemakers of California at Ft. Mason in San Francisco! 

Come out and meet Mitch and Tracey, try our latest release and purchase your favorite Cabernet Sauvignon!

For more info and ticket information please click HERE.



Thank you to Beverage Testing Institute for offering Hawk and Horse Vineyards this opportunity to have wines judged. Our 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon received Gold Medal, Exceptional, 93 points!

Hawk and Horse Vineyards 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Hills $65.

Deep garnet purple color. Rich aromas and flavors of creme brulee and spicy currant pie with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a long, bright, tangy finish with powdery, elegant tannins. A pure, delicious, beautifully structured cabernet.

RATING: 93 points (Exceptional)
CATEGORY: Cabernet Sauvignon, Red
ORGANIC:  Demeter Certified Grown Grapes-Organically Grown Grapes 

This wine is slated for release early September. Phone or e-mail Tracey (707) 942-4600; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be added to the mailing list to receive priority allocation status for this outstanding 100% Cabernet Sauvignon! Just 1,350 cases produced.

Also, remember to ask for Hawk and Horse Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon when you are in New York at Patsy's, Ben & Jacks Steakhouse, Wolfgang's Steakhouse, Sparks Steakhouse, Empire Steakhouse; in San Diego at The Fish Market/Top of the Market.

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