Review: 2008 Hawk and Horse Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Red Hills

This Lake County Cab aims high: You’d be hard-pressed to find another wine from this humble district with a $60-plus price tag, but God bless Hawk and Horse for giving it a go.

This 2008 wine — 98% Cabernet, 2% Merlot — isn’t shy with its fruit. Concentrated with blackberry and blueberry character, it also features some raisiny and milk chocolate notes that add plenty of sweetness to the body. The finish is reminiscent of a big Zinfandel, which wouldn’t be a drawback except that I feel that H&H is going for something a bit more refined. A few floral notes keep the burliness at bay, but not by much. Ultimately this is an enjoyable, but surprisingly simple Cabernet.

1,150 cases produced.

B / $65 /


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