(2007 Vintage) The Hahn Estates 2007 Merlot is a bold wine from the start. A deep and rich violet hue sets the stage for a simple swirl which gives way to the nose of this wine that stays true to the classic Merlot varietal with aromatics of plum, black cherry and blackberry. Deeply complex, with layers of clove and cracked pepper it is soft and juicy in the mouth. Red fruit flavors then emerge, while broad tannins and a pleasant light astringency dances across the palate. Much brighter and more delicate in the mouth than indicated by the dark perfume, this wine is delightful when paired with rich and hearty pasta dishes or succulent meats. Enjoy it with bacon wrapped tri-tip steak and buttered mashed potatoes.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(2005 Vintage) 10% Cabernet Sauvignon; 5% Cab. Franc; 3% Petit Verdot. A trim, tailored and well-balanced wine whose main message is that of bright, cherry-like fruit, this nicely made middleweight is built with an eye to near-term enjoyment. Ripe and yet light on its feet with a bare bit of tannin for grip, it is the kind of Merlot that will match up especially well with an assortment of veal and lighter lamb dishes over the next two or three years. GOOD VALUE