Recently I happened upon a wine small wine shop about a half hour north of my house. Their selection was fairly limited, but they did have a few gems on the shelves that I’ve either enjoyed ages ago and have been unable to track down, or bottles that I’ve been fancying to give a pour but are absent from my local shelves. Lander-Jenkins Spirit Hawk Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 falls into the latter category. Lander-Jenkins Vineyards are part of the Rutherford Family Wine Company; the grapes are sourced from various vineyards in Monterey County, the North Coast and Central Valley, generally indicating the label is a budget friendly selection, however this particular vintage was sourced solely from North Coast vineyards. Being under the Rutherford Family aegis signifies that the wines are not only organic, but also sustainably produced. [Even the corks are sourced from sustainable forests.]
Transparent dark ruby in colour, after aerating aromas of juicy grapes and delicate rose petals swirled about in my glass. Blackberry and grape jam flavours encircled subtle traces of rich vanilla in the soft, fruity medium body. Spicy black peppercorns and earthy, autumn dried leaves lingered in the smooth, moderate finish. My roasted purple cauliflower with shallots, lemon and pecorino underscored cozy, toasty woody elements. Simple, but well-structured, this is an accessible glass that empties quite swiftly and effortlessly.
96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Merlot, 1% Syrah, 1% Petite Syrah, 1% Zinfandel
Cellared and Bottled by Lander-Jenkins Vineyards, St. Helena
Enjoy now thru 2014