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Hahn Estates Meritage 2008

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Blackberry and blueberry with hints of cedar spice on the nose, while flavors of bramble fruit, cherry, vanilla, and dried herbs please the palate. Dark and seductive in the glass, this classic Bordeaux-style blend manages to be approachable yet complex. Pronounced blackberry and blueberry on the nose mingle with cedar spice and a hint of wood, while notes of bramble fruit, cherry, vanilla and dried herbs please the palate. This wine consists primarily of Cabernet Sauvignon, with generous portions of Malbec and Petite Verdot to add depth to the tannic profile and color, and to enhance midpalate richness. Cabernet Franc and Merlot are also in the blend. The multidimensional character of this blend is well-suited for rich and robust foods. Try it with rosemary lamb chops with Swiss chard or pizza with Italian sausage. Or serve with a simple appetizer such as fig and blue cheese crostini.

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Hahn Estate:
The spectacular beauty of California 's central coast is probably the best-known region in all of California for its unique lifestyle. Monterey County's dramatic ocean scenery, historic communities, artistic culture, verdant pine forests, and bountiful agriculture have beckoned adventure-seekers, seafarers, artists, writers and vacationers for over 100 years. And the 99 miles of brea... Read more
The spectacular beauty of California 's central coast is probably the best-known region in all of California for its unique lifestyle. Monterey County's dramatic ocean scenery, historic communities, artistic culture, verdant pine forests, and bountiful agriculture have beckoned adventure-seekers, seafarers, artists, writers and vacationers for over 100 years. And the 99 miles of breathtaking Pacific coastline is something no other California county can boast. With an inspiration to raise Monterey wines to the highest level, the wines of Hahn Estates are created with a philosophy that all great wines are special – akin to the region they were grown in. The Hahn wines celebrate everything that is Monterey – unique in thought, style and setting. Wines of Monterey Distinction. The Smith Ranch had been a horse ranch, while the neighboring Hook Ranch had raised cattle for generations. With their prime location in the Santa Lucia Highlands overlooking the Salinas Valley, these ranches-turned-vineyards presented ideal growing conditions for growing premium varietal fruit. Smith & Hook Winery released its first vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon to high acclaim in 1980. In 1991, Nicky created the Hahn Estates brand to showcase supple, accessible, and attractively priced wines from the family's Monterey County vineyards. In German, “Hahn” means “Rooster” and for this reason a rooster embellishes the Hahn Estates label, honoring the Hahn family's European heritage. And while Smith & Hook remains the first wine produced by the Hahn family, Hahn Estates is the primary wine brand produced by the Hahns and the winery is now proudly known as “Hahn Estates / Smith & Hook Winery.” Read less

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Snooth User: TommyJay
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3.00 5
11/21/2010

In a very competitive price point, this wine has a lot of stiff competition; however, if you can find it in the low end cost-wise (got it for $12.99), it is a very good value. It is a smooth, fruity, dry wine with a nice finish. Nothing awe inspiring, but nothing obtrusive. It's the proverbial "nice" wine for a bordeaux style blend.


External Reviews for Hahn Estates Meritage

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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

This is easily Hahnrsquo;s best red Bordeaux-style wines. Itrsquo;s rich in ripe, attractive blackberry, cherry and cassis fruit, with complex, smooth tannins, and is dry. The main difference between it and, say, a Napa bottling is acidity, which this wine has plenty of.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

This is a very ripe wine stuffed with blackberries, cherries and cocoa, but itrsquo;s also pretty tannic, although sweet oak softens the blow. Feels lush and good, but rustic around the edges. Drink now with beef dishes.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Scents of cocoa powder show off the primary oak effect on the winersquo;s simple flavors of blueberry and blackberry. Itrsquo;s a juicy red for a steak.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Resembling a cru Saint-Emilion, this California red blends Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec to its Merlot base, creating a wine that is both rich and smooth. The smooth, velvety tannins enhance the juicy fruit flavors, gently tapering off as a thread of acidity takes over and finishes with a bright cherry note.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Raspberry, cinnamon and sweet, subtle oak on the nose. Bright cherry fruit up front tops a cascade of plum, blackberry, cassis, and spice layers in the mouth. Dusty tannins appear at the back end and are supported with nice acidity to keep the wine structured and focused long into the finish.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

A pretty good blend of all five Bordeaux grapes, dominated by Merlot, and marked by effusively fruity aromas and flavors. The fruit is conjoined with well-toasted oak that adds caramel and smoky, spicy notes. Very satisfying, with enough tannins to warrant a few years of aging.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

A zesty little red, with black cherry and graphite aromas and appealing, sleek plum, spice and espresso flavors. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2015.



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Blackberry and blueberry with hints of cedar spice on the nose, while flavors of bramble fruit, cherry, vanilla, and dried herbs please the palate. Dark and seductive in the glass, this classic Bordeaux-style blend manages to be approachable yet complex. Pronounced blackberry and blueberry on the nose mingle with cedar spice and a hint of wood, while notes of bramble fruit, cherry, vanilla and dried herbs please the palate. This wine consists primarily of Cabernet Sauvignon, with generous portions of Malbec and Petite Verdot to add depth to the tannic profile and color, and to enhance midpalate richness. Cabernet Franc and Merlot are also in the blend. The multidimensional character of this blend is well-suited for rich and robust foods. Try it with rosemary lamb chops with Swiss chard or pizza with Italian sausage. Or serve with a simple appetizer such as fig and blue cheese crostini.

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