First Taste - Poured through an aerator, I was immediately confused by the bouquet. Overwhelming musty, basement smell, thought "corked" immediately. But then it opened up more and some oak rolled out with some other hints, including vanilla that barely came out. Color - Deep blackberry color. Taste, typical Cab Sav yet lacking the tannins. Not silky tannins but very light. I thought it was quite balanced and slightly acidic. Tart. I am going to give this one a day two try, but not a fan at first taste. WOW. After recorking and resting til the next time this wine really came into its own. The bouquet was alive and fruity, Black Currants jumped out onto the palette and the tannins were close to perfect. After reading other reviews of products of this vineyard I feel better now, this is just a wine you do not want to open and pour.
Ok. Not the best wine I've ever had, but not the worst either.
Rating 87 point. Very firm structure and good nose. This wine needs more time to develop. Keep and enjoy in 3 years. Tasted again in 2013 and now a rating of 90. Wine has developed and is much more even in taste with some tar like aromas and elegant nose. A joy to drink now.
Rating 87+ hard to tell still closed in. Firm body with plenty of tannins. Good complexity that needs time. Nose is light but very well balanced. Keep for a couple of years and enjoy. Price relationship very good $ 9.-
My Rating 89. Complex nose with fruity but dry nose. Good balance with plenty of tannins and good complexity berries . Nice finish
caramel and wood scents medium body, a bit tangy slight warm finish
Very fruit forward, almost a little jammy, New World style Cabernet Sauvignon. I tasted black currant and maybe some blackberry in the mix.
External Reviews for Gran Hacienda Reserva Merlot
Bursting with aromas of luscious tropical fruit fresh green apples and a zesty note of orange peel. Silky fruity and refreshing. Medium-bodied and round.
Dark fruits, baking spices, and soft tannins make this the perfect wine for cold-weather comfort food. This is ready to drink tonight, and won't disappoint your guests.
Sweet and round, with plum and berry fruit kissed by judicious vanilla. Nice easy finish lets an herb hint peek out. Drink now.
Good dark fruit - currant, plum and raisin - with coffee and herb notes and a coating of bittersweet chocolate. Burly for a Merlot, but I like its guts. Drink now through 2005.
Polished and smooth, this well-integrated red balances black cherry, blackberry, tobacco and light herbal flavors. It has harmony and finesse. Drink now through 2003.
Food Pairings for Gran Hacienda Reserva Merlot
Deep ruby-red. Aroma of violets, sweet tobacco and juicy blackberries and hint of oak. Ripe and smooth tannins with a long finish.
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