This weekend’s wine recommendation could be the wine recommendation for the next 31 weeks because we currently have 31 bottles piled on the floor of the living room! Why so much you may ask? Well, because sometimes our great wino friend comes across a great wino deal that’s too good to miss. Thus was the case with Hawk Crest Cabernet Sauvignon 2008. When he called and said that this bottle, normally $13-$17 was on sale downtown for $3, we were on it! And between the two of us, I think we cleaned out eight or nine cases. We did not, at the time, know if it was any good…but have since discovered it to be quite enjoyable. So if you find yourself over at our house for dinner in the foreseeable future, and/or we head your way with a birthday/Christmas/hostess gift in hand…you might expect this wine!
In researching the wine the first clue that it might be a winner was the suggested similar labels/vintages. Among them, The Federalist Cabernet Sauvignon, a previous wine for your weekend recommendation, along with The Federalist Zinfandel. Both are excellent choices…but rarely available at $3. Still, a good measuring stick for what was to come from our wine haul.
Hawk Crest is exactly what you’d expect from a cabernet sauvignon. Dark fruit on the frontside gives way to a peppery/spicy finish that’s got a bit more bite than juiciness. The wine is dry, but not overwhelmingly so, balanced nicely by the forwardness of the fruit flavors including plum and blackberry.
There is a nice acidity to the wine that would pair well with rich, heavy meats…think pot roast, lamb, or prime rib. Or, for those who shy away from the red meats, a fatty cut of dense fish…say ahi tuna or swordfish…would pair well. The tannins and acid in the wine will more than accommodate rich creamy dessert as well, like a dense pudding or cream pie.
If you can snag this bottle at $3, it’s a definite must buy. However, even at it’s regular price point, it’s not a bad option for a well rounded, traditional cabernet, with a lot of potential for aging.