Hahn Estates Meritage Central Coast 2008

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Wine Tasting Notes Cherry, chocolate and cedar on the nose; wiht blackberry and raspberry flavors up front that expand and develop into notes of plum and spice.

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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: jtryka
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3.50 5
02/26/2012

The 2008 Hahn Meritage is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (42%), Malbec (22%), Petit Verdot (22%), Cabernet Franc (10%) and Merlot (4%). Now those of you who know me, know that I am not in any way a fan of Malbec, despite it's surge in popularity over the last few years. I just find it too earthy for my taste, but in this blend it actually works pretty well (I've tried other blends where 6% Malbec ruins it!). The wine itself is a dark ruby in the glass and has a nose of blueberry and grape jam with hints of cedar and oak. The first taste is full of fruit, a mix of blackberry and cherry with some dried herbs. Mid-palate gets a little shaky, with a somewhat medicine like taste, which I'll blame on the Malbec, but the finish is quite nice, dry and smooth which I'll credit to the Petit Verdot. This wine would pair well with a number of savory dishes, particularly spicy Italian foods, or a nice braised lamb. Tonight I am having it with a crab stuffed flounder (thank you Trader Joe's) and some wild rice. Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 3.5, it would probably go higher but for my own biases, and it was a pretty good value, buying it for just $12. Enjoy!



Wine Tasting Notes Cherry, chocolate and cedar on the nose; wiht blackberry and raspberry flavors up front that expand and develop into notes of plum and spice.

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