Hawkstone Cabernet Sauvignon

 Hawkstone of Napa Valley

Barney’s Heritage Cuvee


Limited release of 5491 cases

While sipping this wine, the Dude of Food felt like he had obtained a bargain. This bottle radiates heritage. From the moment you handle the bottle time slows down a little and you begin to feel the serenity of this creation. This is no fast lane wine. This wine exudes the tranquility, longevity and educated qualities of a chateau in the countryside owned by a university scholar/author. The flavors do not jump out of the glass as a sophisticated lady would not sit with her legs open. The characteristics of this wine are more subdued. They have a sense of time and are  not in a hurry to get to the end. The delicate balance of depth in fruitiness, richness of earth tones and uniqueness of flavor are well balanced and make this an enjoyable bottle of wine at a reasonable price if you can find it.


Magistrate Cabernet Sauvignon

This 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley is not my favorite.

The label says Limited Production and I wonder if it is because they gave up.

While the bottle is nice, the label sophisticated and the expectations somewhat

elevated, this wine lacked thoroughness in both the richness and flavor departments.


AQUINAS – California Cabernet

AQUINAS  2011 California Cabernet Sauvignon

2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon


Named after St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274),  an Italian Dominican friar,

priest and revolutionary scholar who used the laws of science to support

his belief in the Almighty.  This wine, like it’s namesake, is smart, bold,

dedicated and has lots of good characteristics.


The dude of food rating  -Give this wine a try.

MURPHY-GOODE Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

               Murphy-Goode Winery        Santa Rosa, CA murphy goode



This wine posses a heavy thick leg but lands on the taste buds

gracefully, reminding the senses of a bouquet of sweet berry flavors.

The flavor doesn’t linger long on the red carpet, before it melts away,

providing opportunity for another pleasurable taste.

For under $13. this is a pretty good wine, not so much over $15. as

you have entered a region of price where premiere tastes become more


Murphy-Goode cab is not a bad wine, but if you like a heavier full

flavored red wine, then the Bodega ELENA de Mendoza offers a bit more

bang for a little less bucks.