Lake County is an up and coming region getting a lot of recognition for making some great wines. Within the larger Lake County AVA is another up and coming AVA called Red Hills. Nestled in an area of rolling hills on the southwestern shore of Clear Lake (the largest natural lake in California), Red Hills AVA has soil made up of 90% volcanic properties, creating wonderful ground for both Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon.
I tried a wine last week from this region that was new to me. The winery, Hawk and Horse Vineyards, is located in Lower Lake, CA and is Certified Organic and is also Demeter Certified Biodynamic. The wine, their 2009 Red Hills Cabernet Sauvignon, is delicious! The color is a deep garnet purple. Aromas of black currant and tobacco rise from the glass. On the palate are deep ripe plum, a wet wood essence, some wet earth and sweet but elegant tannins. The finish is of white pepper.
This is a very well structured and balanced wine. I’m totally impressed and look forward to trying more of Hawk and Horse Vineyards offerings.
You can check out their website here: www.hawkandhorsevineyards.com