Every once in a while, we have the opportunity to order wines that are not available locally. About a year ago, we had the Wine Garage in Calistoga, CA send a replenishment of James Creek Cabernet to my parents house and we also ordered a few other bottles from their inventory. Two of those bottles came from Sparrowhawk Vineyard in Healdsburg, CA. Both were Cabernet Sauvignons, one from Sonoma County grapes and one from Napa County grapes. We opened the Sonoma County wine a few days ago.
This wine is big, bold, and young. Made with 84% Cabernet Sauvignon and 16% Malbec, the wine is a deep red color with an interesting ripe, red fruits on the nose. On first taste, the wine is very closed with spice and cherry the predominant flavors. After sitting out for a little while, the spice of the Malbec became more apparent. While it paired well with dark chocolate, this wine needs a little more bottle aging before it is ready to drink on its own. I look forward to comparing these notes against the notes form the Napa Valley Cabernet in a future posting. Approximately $25 from the Wine Garage. (Rating ***)