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2011 Sparrow Hawk Cabernet Sauvignon

2011 Sparrow Hawk Cabernet Sauvignon

sparrow hawk 2011 CabIf you are an impatient wine drinker, you don’t want to read this review.  But for those of us willing to wait a bit for the good stuff, then you need to check out the Sparrow Hawk 2011 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon.  Under $20 Napa Cabs….that are good….are hard to find.  In the past, I’ve relied upon the Kirkland Signature bottlings, although most of them are now at the $20 price point.  However, while Sparrow Hawk has priced this cabernet at its winery for $35, it is selling it at Costco for $16.  This is a very good value for a nice example of what Napa can do to this noble grape. But, alas, there’s a catch; the wine starts slowly and doesn’t strut its stuff until the second day.

This particular cab has fairly good legs, red fruits, (primarily blackberry and boysenberry) with a slight tartness that disappears the second day.  It isn’t necessarily the most sophisticated cab, but it can hold its own in a conversation.   I sampled it over three days.   Right out of the bottle, it was a bit disappointing.  But the second day brought a whole new story, one that would pass for a decent $25 Napa Cab.   On the third day, it continued to show off its cab pedigree nicely.   This is a wine that Sparrow Hawk could have held another year or two, but with a little patience, it will please your palate at a very reasonable price.

— Michael S

Rating:  90

Price: $15.99

Costco Item #: 663168

San Diego, California