Sunday, November 23, 2008

Hahn Estates Meritage

Hahn Winery
Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec
Central Coast (Monterey County)
Soledad, CA

$15.88 at Whole Foods, Austin, TX

Color: Dark red
Nose: Blueberries, green spices, circus peanuts
Body: Medium
Front: Cherry
Middle: Circus peanuts, berries
Back: Vanilla, wood
Burns clean?: Yes
Cap: Cork

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...