Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec
Central Coast (Monterey County)
$15.88 at Whole Foods, Austin, TX
Color: Dark red
Nose: Blueberries, green spices, circus peanuts
Middle: Circus peanuts, berries
Back: Vanilla, wood
Burns clean?: Yes
I picked up this wine on a recommendation from a reader, and in the wake of a pleasant experience with the Hahn Cabernet. As with that former bottle, I find this one to be a good deal. I'm not sure I taste as many layers in this one as in the Cabernet, but it's laid-back, sophisticated, and good with food. It's not very tannic, so perhaps drink it soon (though I did decant it for an hour before drinking it).
This wine makes a beautiful accompaniment to the music of Ezell, an up-and-coming Nashville singer/songwriter, especially the smooth subtlety of her song "Somebody Else Has Got My Girl." The Texas chili I'm eating isn't bad with it, either.
I note that I seem to drink Hahn wines only on Sundays, so I seem to be associating them with comfort food and relaxation...