Lake County, North Coast

Hawk and Horse Vineyards

Red Hills Lake County Cabernet Franc 2017

Hawk and Horse Vineyards Red Hills Cabernet Franc 2017, California

Time for my
#FridayCabernetfix. Here is a nice Cabernet Franc from California.

Ruby in color with a wide reddish/ brick rim and medium plus intensity.

Strong nose of blackberries, blueberries, black plums, wildflowers, alcohol, spices, cedar, dark chocolates, licorice and peppercorn.

Medium plus in body and smooth, with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with black currants, blueberries, sweet cherries, cedar, leather, chocolates, tobacco, licorice, peppercorn, spices, alcohol and sweet vinaigrette.

Nice length on the finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.

This four-year-old Cabernet Franc from Lake County in California is drinking very nicely now.

Fruit forward and enjoyable by itself or with food. The nose is very aromatic and flowery. Doesn't drink like a Cabernet Franc, as it not showing any vegetables notes.

Needs time to open up, and I gave it 2 hours in a decanter.

Alcohol is still noticeable, but that will dissipate with time. Would be nice to revisit it in 2 years.

Paired nicely with cheeses, olives and crackers.

100% Cabernet Franc grapes were aged in French Oak barrels (40% new). Grapes are grown at 2,000 feet of elevation on a red volcanic soil. A small production of only 150 cases. Organic.

14.3% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

— 10 days ago

Alex, Douglas and 18 others liked this

Hawk and Horse Vineyards

Block Three Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

It's time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a delicious one from California.

Dark ruby in color with a reddish rim.

Nice nose of blackberries, sweet plums, cooked cherries, cedar, leather, vanilla, spices, tobacco, chocolates, coffee, light earth, liquorice and black pepper.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and very fruity on the palate with blackberries, black plums, cooked cherries, figs, vanilla, cedar, licorice, chocolates, tobacco, herbs, light vegetables and peppercorn.

Medium plus on the finish with round tannins and tangy cherries.

This is delicious Cabernet Sauvignon from Lake County in California. Fruit forward with nice complexity and a soft mouthfeel.

Still young and would be better in a few years. Would be nice to revisit it in 5 years.

Good right out of the bottle, and better with airtime. I gave it 90 minutes to open up and show the tannins.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a nice piece of steak. Very tasty.

A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc. Aged in French oak barrels. A small production of 150 cases.

14.3% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

— 24 days ago

Douglas, Martijn and 14 others liked this

Dancing Crow Vineyards

Lake County Zinfandel 2018

Deep cherry, blackberry, acidic slight hints of coffee on the back end — 2 months ago


Robledo Ranch Lake County Riesling 2019

For CA Riesling, I like this the best so far.

Body reflects volcanic soil influence, acidity hides sugar though I keep hitting my glass like a hummingbird while wine is halbtroken. Best lightly chilled, Pear & lime notes.
— 2 days ago

Josh liked this

Shannon Ridge Vineyard

High Elevation Collection Lake County Cabernet Sauvignon


$26.99 @ Willow Park great with Mother’s Day steak supper. Cassis and red fruit. Mellows out with food. — 8 days ago

Bee Hunter

Eagle Point Ranch Grenache 2015

Bee Hunter Wines Eagle Point Ranch Grenache 2015 Mendocino, California

A very pretty color of ruby with a very wide brick rim.

Interesting nose of blackberries, cedar, cooked cherries, raisins, figs, chocolates, sweet vanilla, cola, spices, mint and black pepper.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry and very fruity on the palate with cooked cherries and strawberries, lemon peel, vanilla, light raisins, dried fruits, cedar, herbs, licorice, cola, chocolates, sweet vinaigrette, spices and black pepper.

Long finish with fine tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a delicious Grenache from Mendocino County in California. Much lighter than I expected it to be, but it is so yummy.

This Single Vineyard is good right out of the bottle, and better after an hour of airtime, when it shows the complexity.

This six year old is peaking now, and drinking very nicely with nice complexity and a soft mouthfeel.

Alcohol is not showing at all, so watch out. Nicely balanced at this point. Easy drinking and tasty.

A great sipping wine, but good with food too. I paired it with Brie cheese and crackers.

14.8% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

— 12 days ago

Daniel, Douglas and 16 others liked this


Es Okay Mendocino County White Wine 2020

Pale gold; pronounced intensity aromas of rose petals, verbena, yellow plum, ripe honeydew melon; off dry, medium acid, medium alcohol, medium plus body, pronounced intensity flavors consistent with aromas; medium plus finish, surprising and lovely, the concentrated perfume lingers, almost flabby, but the incredibly interesting flavors and freshness balance it out — 4 days ago

Josh, Romain and 3 others liked this


Chardonnay 2018

Crisp and refreshing, light floral hints with vanilla oak. Great summer wine — 2 days ago


Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc

Crisp and refreshing. Different finish as a sauvignon blanc. — 8 days ago

The Seventy Five Wine Company

Amber Knolls Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Great Cab Sav! Subtle, brilliant balance of ripe red fruit that finishes well - perfect for an evening out and red meat meal! — 2 days ago

Josh liked this