Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Hahn Winery 2009 Meritage (California)

After a day of touring around Fisherman's Wharf and taking the Cable Car here in San Francisco we are now relaxing in the hotel room with some nuts, cheese and (but of course) wine.  This is a straight up Meritage with all five of the Bordeaux grape varieties present (Cab Sauv and Franc, Merlot, Malbec, and Petit Verdot) heavy on the Sauv (45%) and Merlot (29%).  This is a pretty powerful wine, and I'm not just talking the alcohol (14.5%), the nose is plum, black cherry, with a heavy reliance on spice and some black licorice nuances.  The palate real zings with its spicy character doling out a lot of pepper and spiced plum, though I have a feeling giving this wine a few more years, say 5, would be quite beneficial to its smoothness, the tannins are a bit raw - if I were allowed more than two bottles back into the country I would definitely be bringing back a bottle of the Hahn and of the OZV from last night.  A delicious wine, again, and for such a cheap price (sorry, inexpensive) this one was purchased for around twelve bucks, twelve bucks?!? ... unbelievable.

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