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Hawk Haven

Hawk Haven
2019 Q Red Blend, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cape May Peninsula

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12.6%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$39

Hawk Haven
2019 Q Red Blend, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cape May Peninsula

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12.6%
Garnet black color. Aromas of lingonberry jam, cassis tart, rhubarb conserve, and dark chocolate shavings with a satiny, vibrant, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, complex, long roasted almonds, chocolate soufflé, tomato leaf, and fine herbs finish with moderate oak flavor. An elegantly fruity Bordeaux Blend from New Jersey with a refinement that will appeal far and wide.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky, Rich & Full & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: lingonberry jam, cassis tart, rhubarb conserve, and dark chocolate shavings
Taste Flavor: roasted almonds, chocolate soufflé, tomato leaf, and fine herbs
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-6 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Pot Roast, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An elegantly fruity Bordeaux Blend from New Jersey with a refinement that will appeal far and wide.

The Producer

Hawk Haven Vineyard

The Producer
600 S Railroad Ave
Rio Grande, NJ 08242
USA
1 609-846-7347

Their Portfolio

85 Hawk Haven 2020 Signature Series, Albariño, Cape May Peninsula 12% (USA) $29.00.
87 Hawk Haven 2020 Signature Series Dry, Pinot Grigio, Cape May Peninsula 12% (USA) $26.00.
BR Hawk Haven 2020 Signature Series, Gewurztraminer, Cape May Peninsula 10.7% (USA) $29.00. - Bronze Medal
88 Hawk Haven 2020 Signature Series Rosé, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cape May Peninsula 11.6% (USA) $29.00.
89 Hawk Haven 2019 Oa, Cabernet Franc, Outer Coastal Plain 13.5% (USA) $46.00.
87 Hawk Haven 2020 Rosé Pét-Nat, Pinot Noir, Cape May Peninsula 11.5% (USA) $35.00.
86 Hawk Haven 2020 Rosé Pét-Nat, Malbec, Cape May Peninsula 11.4% (USA) $35.00.
85 Hawk Haven 2020 Signature Series Dry, Riesling, Cape May Peninsula 11.4% (USA) $26.00.
91 Hawk Haven 2019 Signature Series, Cabernet Franc, Cape May Peninsula 13% (USA) $46.00.
89 Hawk Haven 2019 Signature Series - V Row Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cape May Peninsula 13.2% (USA) $46.00.
88 Hawk Haven 2020 Signature Series - Two Wire Reserve, Chardonnay, Cape May Peninsula 13.2% (USA) $35.00.
90 Hawk Haven 2019 Signature Series, Syrah, Cape May Peninsula 11.4% (USA) $46.00.
92 Hawk Haven 2019 Q Red Blend, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cape May Peninsula 12.6% (USA) $39.00.
BR Hawk Haven 2021 Signature Series Dry, Pinot Grigio, Cape May Peninsula 11.7% (USA) $26.00. - Bronze Medal
86 Hawk Haven 2021 Signature Series Dry, Riesling, Cape May Peninsula 12% (USA) $26.00.
87 Hawk Haven 2021 Signature Series, Albarino, Cape May Peninsula 11.3% (USA) $29.00.
86 Hawk Haven 2021 Signature Series, Gewurztraminer, Cape May Peninsula 11% (USA) $29.00.
BR Hawk Haven 2021 Signature Series Dry Rosé, Cape May Peninsula 11.8% (USA) $26.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Hawk Haven 2021 Signature Series Rosé, Petite Sirah, Cape May Peninsula 11% (USA) $29.00. - Bronze Medal
85 Hawk Haven 2020 Q Red Blend, Outer Coastal Plain 12.2% (USA) $39.00.
87 Hawk Haven 2020 Signature Series, Cabernet Franc, Cape May Peninsula 11.4% (USA) $46.00.
92 Hawk Haven 2020 OA Single Vineyard, Cabernet Franc, Outer Coastal Plain 11.6% (USA) $46.00.
87 Hawk Haven 2019 Signature Series Reserve, Merlot, Cape May Peninsula 12.5% (USA) $42.00.
88 Hawk Haven 2019 Signature Series, Malbec, Cape May Peninsula 12.5% (USA) $46.00.
88 Hawk Haven 2019 Signature Series Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cape May Peninsula 13.2% (USA) $46.00.

Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

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Serve in a Cabernet Wine Glass
The greatness of red wines from France's Bordeaux region can be largely attributed to the art of blending. There are five red varieties that can be used in a Bordeaux red: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec (this last is rarely seen anymore in Bordeaux).

The reason for blending several grapes to craft the final wine is for greater complexity as well as elegance. Each grape has various characteristics and can attribute special qualities to the final wine. Cabernet Sauvignon is powerful and tannins, while Merlot has lighter tannins, while Cabernet Franc has a spicy, peppery quality to it. Blending these grapes together will round out all of these qualities; sort of a "the whole is greater than the sum of the parts" rationale.

This principal of blending is used in many regions besides Bordeaux, especially in California, were the blends are often given proprietary names, like Opus One, Insignia, and Quintessa. US blends of Bordeaux varietals may also be labeled, in addition to their proprietary name, by the designation of Meritage if they are approved and licensed by the Meritage Alliance.

Blending in Bordeaux is common not only on the prestigious wines from historic estates that cost hundreds of dollars per bottle, but also on the lighter-styled wines that are priced in the mid-teens. Aging potential can often be directly linked to the price of the wine, from three to five years to three to five decades.

Pair these wines with most red meats, games or roasts.