Hahn Estates Merlot 2007

External Review by Premier Wine & Spirits:

One of the most exciting domestic Merlots we've had all year! Made by the award-winning winemakers from Smith & Hook, this Merlot is downright sinful. Lush and juicy, tempered by a touch of spice on the finish. What a lovely wine!

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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

External Reviews for Hahn Estates Merlot

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

One of the most exciting domestic Merlots we've had all year! Made by the award-winning winemakers from Smith & Hook, this Merlot is downright sinful. Lush and juicy, tempered by a touch of spice on the finish. What a lovely wine!


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Doesn't have quite the concentration of many more expensive Merlots, but fills a nice niche in an affordable red wine that's full-bodied, dry and elegant. Offers pleasant flavors of cherries, red currants, cola and oak.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Smells and tastes a little weedy, with green, stalky notes, but saved from disgrace by the pretty blackberry flavors and rich texture. Dry, with firm but easy tannins and good acids, this is a nice everyday sipper at a fair price.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

The rooster on the label (hahn means rooster in German) heralds the intense cherry and buttery smoothness of this Monterey merlot. Classic silkiness from a winery that continues to master the art of good wine-making.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Marked by ripe cherry and dark plum fruit, the wine is balanced with a fairly long finish. There is 20% Cabernet Franc blended in, which gives it a spicy twist lacking in many Merlots.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Monterey is the most heavily planted county on the west coast. Hahn produces wine in beautiful Santa Lucia Highlands Vineyards. Serve this complex and supple wine with grilled meats.




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