Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Hahn Central Coast 2009 Meritage Continues 2011 Christmas Bordeaux-Style Wine Ideas

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!

Oh, want a Christmas song recommendation?

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  1. Sorry I've been away for so long.

    Ah, Hahn. I love Hahn wines. In fact, they're pretty much my go-to label for reds. I love the Meritage, & I'm not sure I can name a better wine for the price. I also love the very-limited GSM as well as the Cab Franc. I haven't seen that wine in a while. Regardless, excellent choice. Interesting that you find it so strongly influenced by the 11% Malbec. While I can detect its presence, I've never had such a strong opinion on it. But then...what DO I really have a strong opinion on? If it's good, I'm happy.

  2. Claire, it always pleases me when our tastes collide harmoniously, because I see you as a sort of mentor guiding my wine-sensibilities, but as in all good order this is a "NO-sweat" endeavor (;>)
    I'm looking forward to a trip to the city Nashua to pick-up more Hahn Red.
    I trust you are well!