Hawk and Horse Vineyards
2009 Block Three Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Sauvignon • Hawk and Horse Estate
California: Lake County
Today’s very highly recommended wine is a wonderful gem that we are so pleased to share with you. The hit of our recent tasting panel, this wine is a bold, but balanced treat that gets better and better with each swirl and sip.
Right out of the bottle, the Hawk and Horse Vineyards 2009 Block Three Cabernet Sauvignon is big and bold. As it breathes it begins to relax in the glass, gradually softening and revealing an elegance and beauty that was initially hidden. Decant this lovely wine or simply swirl and swirl, bearing witness all the while to an unravelling of elegant flavors and heady aromas.
If you love expressive Cabernet Sauvignon, we hope that you’ll take home at least a case of this rare and delectable treat. We’ll be enjoying a few bottles now, and savoring the rest over the next decade.
Dark and inky with deepest crimson at the heart of the wine and brilliant garnet at the edge.
Dense and lush and somewhat port-like with sweet black cherry. At the tail end, a hint of subtle sage and dusty chocolate.
Dark and dense, with dark flavors of braised plum, dried black cherry, dried cranberry and black currant. Chalky minerals and dusty bramble follow on.
Bold tannins quickly dry the palate, drawing the sweeter fruit flavors away from the center of the palate and leaving behind a mineral-rich dryness that causes the mouth to water.
This big wine wants to play with a big red meat dish or strong cheeses. For a real treat - and something of a departure from the norm - we’re going with a cocoa nib and fennel encrusted pork tenderloin.
What the Winery Says
Hawk and Horse Vineyards
- HHV/BLOCK THREE 2009 CABERNET SAUVIGNON
- HHV Block Three: For this special project we set aside just six barrels or our 2009 biodynamic estate Cabernet Sauvignon. We blended it with a splash of our biodynamic estate Petit Verdot. The result - a delicious wine of complexity, deeply scented and balanced to compliment your favorite meal - or just to enjoy on its own! This is a Boies family favorite.
Only 150 cases produced.
- Lake County, Red Hills AVA, California.
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Vineyard Notes
- Grown on our mountain estate vineyard at elevations of up to 2,200 feet. Red rocky, volcanic soil farmed using Organic and Demeter Biodynamic farming methods.
- Vintage Notes
- 2009 was a beautiful year for growing fruit on our mountain estate. The intense heat of the day was balanced by cool evenings and nights giving the fruit complexity. Harvest was September 28th.
- Winery Note
- We are careful to harvest at the optimal ripeness. We want a perfect balance of acid and sugar because this enables us to use minimal intervention in the cellar. This creates a wine of authenticity – a wine that speaks of the rich, red, volcanic soils of our high elevation vineyard. Matching the intensity of the fruit, we aged this wine in 100% French oak barrels for 24 months. The unusual blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot give this wine elegance and sophistication.
Tasting Notes: Bright ruby red in the glass with heady aromas of wild roses, earth and cocoa. Black fruit, cedar and subtle herb notes delight the palate. Finishes with long sultry tannins. We love this wine with simple grilled rib eyes – seasoned minimally with course sea salt and fresh ground pepper.
- Technical Notes
- 95% Cabernet Sauvignon 5% Petit Verdot
- 24 months in French oak
- 150 cases
- Vineyard Manager
- Mitch Hawkins
- Winery Manager
- Tracey Hawkins
- Consulting Winemaker
- Dick Peterson
About the Winery
Hawk and Horse Winery Biography
Hawk and Horse Vineyards was really the dream of owner, David Boies. His love of wine and of California’s North Coast wine growing region drove him to seek out a unique property that would support a vineyard of world class distinction. In 1982, after exhaustive searching he purchased what was then known as the historic El Roble Grande Ranch in Lower Lake, California. At that time, El Roble Grande was a rather run-down abandoned horse breeding facility situated on 900 acres of wilderness.
David’s vision of perfect growing conditions, such as rich soil, fresh water and clean air, transcended preconceived notions about county affiliations. David saw the high elevation sites, red volcanic soils, on-site water sources, pristine air and the rugged natural beauty of this most special place, and realized this was a land of great potential. His vision saw the opportunity to create something very unique and authentic from this wild land and that vision has now come to fruition.
Mitch and Tracey took over the daily operations of the ranch in 1999 and began to plan the vineyard. The vines were planted in 2001 and the first release, the 2004, was met with an International Gold Medal. It was important to the family that they maintain the original feel of the property. Lake County is still Cowboy country and Hawk and Horse Vineyards takes advantage of a local work force of young men and women – true cowboys and girls - who understand the value of a good day’s work.
The rustic elegance of El Roble Grande has been maintained in the development of Hawk and Horse Vineyards. The tasting room is in a part of the former horse trainer’s residence and is kept as a tack room with antique saddles, tack and memorabilia from the property’s storied past. The horse pastures now house a handful of American Saddlebred and American Quarter Horses which the family uses to ride the fence line and for play at amateur rodeo events. Some of the pasture land is also home to Scottish Highlander Cattle which provide the necessary elements of the biodynamic farming used in the growing of Hawk and Horse Vineyards wine.
The majority of vineyard preparations are made on site – compost and manure are vital ingredients. The vineyard is also home to a large number of Red-Tail Hawks who help keep rodent populations in check. A visit to Hawk and Horse Vineyards is a step back to the gracious ranching life and family-based hospitality of a bygone era.