Always one-hundred-percent varietal, our blend is composed of about eighteen different lots from all three of our estate vineyards, sorted and blended over the course of nearly two years in barrel – about 40% from Red Winery, 30% Stone, and 30% Pyramid. Those percentages are rough. My aim is to make a wine that expresses both place, vintage, and varietal in some quintessential way. Certainly this wine will improve in some respects with a decade in the cellar, but it is so vital and delicious now that there’s something to be said for enjoying it in its youth. 2013 is indeed a great vintage that should be pleasurable both out of the box and for twenty years to come.
This wine is one-hundred-percent Cabernet Sauvignon from a single, tiny lot of grapes from our Pyramid Vineyard. The vineyard itself, in the mountains between Chalk Hill and Knights Valley, is spectacularly beautiful and rugged, and these characteristics are reflected in the wine. The 2007 is purple-black, full of violets, plums, leather, and smoke. It finishes lush and tannic and full of promise. At ten-years-old the wine is showing its full potential, with signs of lasting another decade in the bottle.
This quintessential trio of Hawkes wines is guaranteed to delight anyone on your list – a bottle of Home Chardonnay, Alexander Valley Merlot, and Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – it’s also an amazing value.
This is a complete meal of wine pairings – pop the crisp, refreshing Home Chardonnay for the appetizer and salad course, then open the Merlot and Cabernet to pair with hearty mains. The contrast of the two reds makes for a fun tasting and conversation starter, but it also puts two different flavor profiles on the table, the combination of which should please everyone from the dainty sippers of lighter, leaner reds to those plaid-clad chuggers of oxblood visiting from the great northwest.
Here’s a gift that has it all in a single package: elegance, exclusivity and deliciousness. As a Hawkes Wine Club member, you have exclusive access to our Single Vineyard Cabernets – the best of the best of what we do. Currently, we’re offering our fabulous 2013 Pyramid Vineyard Cabernet, packaged in a simple, beautiful black gift box and finished with a red cloth bow. It’s the ideal way to take advantage of member benefits and treat your loved ones to something they can’t find anywhere else.
2012 was a gift of a vintage – it was the beginning of a three year run that produced the wines that define this era in California Cabernet – a time when drought gripped the state from end to end, and historically dry weather resulted in historically great Cabernet.
These three bottles of single vineyard Cabernet – one from each of our estate vineyards – represent our best effort to capture the essence of this historic vintage. Here, we offer them packaged in a custom wooden box, perfect for resting in your own collection or the cellar of whatever rad person you choose to bestow this awesomeness upon.
In 2005, we made a total of two dozen of these three liter bottles, each filled, corked and waxed by me and my dad, and each of them signed by us both. This is a tightly wound, tannic beast of a wine that is far more integrated and drinkable today that it was upon release. At age 11, the 2005 still shows the same bright red cherry on the nose and palate that it had six years ago, but that upfront fruit is joined by a potpourri of classic aged Cabernet aromas and flavors: tobacco leaf, leather, and cloves, to pick out a few. This wine is ready to drink now with a variety of holiday fair, but it has the bones to spend at least another ten years in the cellar.
To celebrate the ten year anniversary, we have packaged each three liter bottle in a handsome wooden box, designed to increase the already considerable wow factor that always accompanies the arrival of a big bottle at a party – either as a gift to be laid away in the cellar for holidays to come, or a delicious indulgence to make this year one to remember.
Please contact us with requests and instructions for personalized inscriptions on the bottle.
It’s well documented: cool people love birds. Maybe you’re cool and this is the perfect gift for you – if so, that’s cool. Maybe, on the other hand, you know one or more cool people who need this gift – also cool. Maybe, you or somebody you love could use a little cooling up. This gift, which includes our original hipster T-shirt design (little bird in the corner), a bottle of 2012 Alexander Valley Cabernet (large bird on center of label), and a little notebook with a drawing of a dog on it (tiny bird on the back cover) is here to help anyone who needs a little cool boost. Don’t mention it, man.
I’d like to say I could still be friends with somebody even if they didn’t like red wine and olive oil, but it might be tough. These two things, along with electric guitars and old pickup trucks, are the cornerstones of my material existence.
In my house, we have given up using olive oil other than Hawkes Farm Extra Virgin. This oil isn’t cheap, but the flavor is so wonderful and intense that I feel like I’m getting more bang for the buck when I use it – partly in terms of flavor for dollar, but also in terms of flavor for waistline. The olives for this oil are grown here in Alexander Valley; they’re Tuscan varieties harvested early in the year, when they are still pretty green. The variety of olive and early harvest date give the oil a fresh, grassy, spicy character that you hardly ever find in supermarket olive oil. It gives everything you put it on, from pasta to salad an extra dimension of pungent olivey aroma and flavor.
Also included here is a bottle of our 2013 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2013 is the heart of the drought vintages – a time when historically dry weather produced historically great wine. It’s a blend of fruit from all three vineyards: Red Winery, Pyramid and Stone, a blend of about two dozen small lots harvested throughout the month of October. The nose is all fresh berries, ripe and lush, and the texture is soft and round on the mid palate, then dusty and long on the finish. Like many of my favorite Cabernets, there’s something paradoxical about it – it’s very powerful, but very delicate, as well. It’s this balance that makes it pair well with all sorts of holiday fair, from the baked ham to the prime rib. Lately, I’ve been drinking a lot of it with my huevos rancheros.