Hawk Crest Red Hills Lake County 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, $11.04-$15.99, 88 points, poured a dense black currant color grading more red toward the clear wine ring and the leggy glass bowl.
Shy aromas of soft violets and black currants were okay.
Medium-plus body with good acidity and firm drying tannins managed to give enough life to a rather straight-forward black fruit profile, dusty earthiness, and a welcome finish of explosive spice, plum flavor, and a comfortable 13.5% alcohol to make this a very good red table wine; you'll have real table-setting gravitas when you serve this lovely bottle of red wine to your ornithological friends!
Paired well with my spicy red pepper, beans, and beef chili.
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