HAWKSTONE CONNOISSEUR SERIES CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2010

Oaky richness adds sweetness and texture to this wine. Here is a full-throttle mouthful of brambly berry fruit, with generous accents of dried herb and underbrush. Pair it with chicken in cream sauce or lobster and butter. This is crisp, straightforward and blessed with notes of pear and lime. Aromas of spicy cherry, mixed bramble fruit, flower and turmeric start out mild, but become explosive and rich as the wine sits in the glass. The powerhouse palate shows intense but finessed concentration, with succulent cherry, herb and cocoa flavors that are bound by chewy tannins. This is thin and acidic, with flavors of sour cherry candy and spice. This rustic Barbera tastes of blackberry.

From a demanding vintage, this offers tart cranberry and rhubarb flavors, with a forceful herbal component. One of our sponsors is: This is so oaky you can hardly taste anything but the butterscotch, caramel and brown sugar flavors. There is a light suggestion of barely ripe strawberry and strawberry leaf, followed by flavors that are more tomatoey than grapy. Crisp, citrusy acidity gives a sense of balance to the honey-sweet lime, lemon and pear flavors. Lightly dusted with fresh earth, it does a gentle fade through the finish. Got to love wine writers and sommelier seldom think outside the box.

This bottling shows fabulous complexity and sheer deliciousness, offering intricate notes of butterscotch, tropical fruit, pear tart, golden apricot, vanilla cream, buttered toast and exotic spice, with perhaps just a trace of honey. Creamy and buttery, this Chardonnay sauivgnon satisfying vanilla and tropical fruit flavors that finish on a honeyed note.

There is a light suggestion of barely ripe strawberry and strawberry leaf, followed by flavors that are more tomatoey than grapy. A subdued note of vanilla cake WineMag. It will stand up to all kinds of spicy foods. Although production was only 2, cases, this wine is worth the search. Immensely fruity, it bears notes of orange, green apple, lime and vanilla.

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Notes Depending on the vintage, the grapes for this wine may come from a different AVA. These threads of flavor, and others associated with them, create a delightful tapestry that continues through the lengthy finish.

The blend is Pinot Noir, Zinfandel and Merlot. The palate is tight, featuring layers of cassis, ink, anise, coffee and iodine, with an earthy salinity that runs through the finish. It has furry tannins and a briary mouthfeel that make it somewhat rustic. The tannins are pure and refined.

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An herbal red blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Malbec, this is earthy, focused and straightforward. But the En Chamberlin deserves first place again. Aromas of spicy cherry, mixed bramble fruit, flower and turmeric start out mild, but become explosive and rich as the wine sits in the glass.

Delicious now and for a few years. This has appealing flavors of tropical fruit, orange, peach and vanilla, with a creamy texture and an overall sense of elegance.

An ebullient, gorgeous example of cool-climate Pinot Noir from an 1,feet elevation vineyard at the north end of the Anderson Valley. Just pure, juicy, clean fruit connoisweur through. It finishes with medium weight and a whiff of truffle. This single-vineyard Cabernet is softening and mellowing, with flavors of cherry, mocha and oak that are picking up sweet, mushroomy, gamy notes. Short and connolsseur herbal, it has strong scents and flavors of tomato leaf, which override any hint of ripe fruit flavor.

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Hawkstone Napa Connoisseur Cabernet

Light in body and tart in acids, this bone-dry Pinot Noir shows modest connoisswur of cherry skins, red apple peelings and cola. Made from Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Its modest cherry fruit is set against balanced tannins. This is weighty, creamy and medium to full in body.

Using grapes from all three estate vineyards, connoissseur slightly sweet 2. It has fine texture and length, with a defining mineral streak that elevates this well beyond just fruity.

We tasted through four Cabernets: This is a crisp, medium-bodied wine, with pleasant aromas of apricot, lemon and pineapple. Wine-Searcher Market Data Wine-Searcher’s historical data and benchmark analysis provides trustworthy and valuable insights into likely market trends.

Prices are for ml bottles unless otherwise indicated. There is a flavor of sour cherry candy, and the palate is dry and austere.

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A bunch of other varieties were blended with the Merlot, including Zinfandel and Syrah, to make the wine more sauvignpn. A Chardonnay with noticeable barrel influence, this is creamy and thick, with a baked apple flavor.

Give it 5—6 years, but anything longer than that and the fruit may be threatened.

For full review see page 8. Winemaker Jim Law has fashioned a finessed Chardonnay that offers impressive purity and minerality, bearing Burgundian-like qualities. Made for drinking now, it shows real Santa Seriess elegance at an affordable price.