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 Stone 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.
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 2012 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2012 is the first of the drought vintages – a dry summer followed by a dry fall, followed by the best Cabernets we have ever made. 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.
We wanted to make this gift, uh-hem, sexy, you know? Chocolate is sexy. French chocolate? I didn’t even know they had that! This gift has that. Smooth, intense red wine is sexy (yes, it is). This gift has that. Let’s see – what else is sexy? A small, careworn book of love poems by the legendary Chilean romantic revolutionary Pablo Neruda? Bro, that’s not just sexy, that’s sexy and sophisticated. Yup. That’s why this gift is for lovers only.
This gift package includes a bottle of 2012 Alexander Valley Cabernet, a tall piece of French chocolate, a handmade “Love” card by Beatrice and Frances Hawkes, and second hand book of Pablo Neruda poems.
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.
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.
Yeah, I still wake up every day and feel lost, but the fact is we’ve been doing this for quite a while now (44 years of farming and 14 years of making wine, to be precise). When my mom and dad started growing Cabernet here in 1972, they saw themselves as working in the shadow of the great French houses of Bordeaux, where the wines are typically made to be at their best after a decade rather than a few years. Thirty years later, when we started bottling Cabernet under our own label, growing and building wines to last was at the top of our list of principles. This box contains the first ten vintages of our Alexander Valley Estate Cabernet, and it represents all forty-four years my family has spent carving out a name for Alexander Valley as a great place to grow Cabernet Sauvignon. The gift includes a bottle each of 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, along with tasting notes and cellaring suggestions for each vintage. The wines are packaged in a custom wooden box, bottles signed by the winemaker.