No I am not writing a nursery rhyme for this post, the “cock” mentioned in the title belongs to the Hahn Estates wine label as hahn is the German word for rooster. Okay, now that we are done with our vocabulary lesson for the day on to the wine. If you are looking for a very nice, good value, Bordeaux blend from California, look no further than the 2006 Hahn Estates Meritage. At around $16 retail, this wine delivers great components from all the grapes that make up this blend. The leader of the blend at 33% is Merlot from the St. Lucia Highlands, followed by 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19 % Petit Verdot, 11% Cabernet Franc and 7% Malbec. Although the oak on this was very well integrated and did not make it’s presence known, the wine spent 11 months in 69% new, 11% one year old and 16% neutral French Oaks.
My Tasting Notes –
Nose – raspberry, cassis, bacon, cinnamon, raw Bok Choy
Taste – cherry, leather, prune, and a rustic vibe
Mouthfeel – medium to full body, round in the middle with nice acidity
Finish – smooth and round with dusty tannins
I picked this wine up as a sample from Lisa de Bruin who works on the Hahn marketing team while I was at the Wine Bloggers Conference in Santa Rosa. Lisa is very big into the social media scene and you follow her on Twitter as @winedivergirl or visit her blog California Life: Better Than Happy Hour.