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2005 Kendall Jackson Cabernet Sauvignon "Hawkeye Mountain"

Winery: Kendall Jackson

Vintage: 2005

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Hawkeye Mountain"

Wine Category: Cabernet Sauvignon

Grape blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Region: Alexander Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $55

Cases produced: 1,967

KWG Score: 93 (based on 4 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (93.99-90)

Review date: July 26, 2008

Wine Review: I recently had a chance to retry the KJ Highland Estate Series. In February, the Hawkeye was still a bit tight. Now 5 month later it is starting to open up and show it potential. It opens with a cherry like bouquet with hints of menthol. On the palate, this medium bodied wine is dry, round, and has dusty cherry flavors with hints of raspberry. The finish is still very dry and has prominent lingering soft dry tannins. This wine still could benefit from some cellar time, but it can also be enjoyed with a grilled rib eye steak right now. Enjoy – Ken

Winemaker Notes: Deep black cherry and cassis flavor with concentrated mineral and terroirial tones. Well extracted, elegantly muscular, with chewy, soft tannins.

Organic status: not organic

Buy it: Use 1000 Corks to find stores that sell Kendall Jackson 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Hawkeye.

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