The warm slopes of Sonoma County are perfect for ripening thick-skinned red grapes, like small-berried cabernet sauvignon. Hanna’s vineyards are well situated for achieving a balance of California ripeness and classic bordeaux-like structure. Ripe black raspberry fruit is balanced with aromatic notes of cedar and tobacco, and rich texture is supported with soft tannins. Few cabernets under $15 — this find is only $12.99 this month at Pennsylvania state stores — deliver such distinctive character. Try it with a juicy burger or cheese tortellini topped with pesto and tapenade.
Originally published in Philadelphia Magazine, April 2007