Hahn Central Coast 2009 Meritage, $11.99-$18.99 (Last Chance Wine NHLS), 91 points, continues my Bordeaux and Bordeaux-styled wines for Christmas food-fare recommendations, great wine exploration, and just for fun with family and friends.
Hahn Central Coast 2009 Meritage has a beautiful aroma of Cedar and Cigar-box, the color is more Shiraz-like than Bordeaux, the medium body carries an odd ensemble of mint, eucalyptus, muted blackberries, lively cola, and pepper, all go with a long finish. I usually don't care for floral flavors, but this wine is so well balanced that the flowers in the flavor is forest-floor and just another image in this Monet painting. Don't let the $11.99 fool you, this is a serious wine (45% Cabernet, 29% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, 11% Melbec, and 3% Petite Verdot) where this Bordeaux-styled wine is greatly influenced by its 11% Melbec.
I paired this Meritage with a tenderloin, mashed potatoes, butternut squash, corn and milk chocolate; wow was that good!
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