The 1999 Hahn Estates Meritage marks a significant departure from the way we have made our Meritage wines in the past. Unlike previous years, we chose to use more Merlot than Cabernet Sauvignon in this final blend. The result is a broader, fatter, softer wine with more depth and mouth-feel. Also, we've added another Bordeaux varietal to the blend for the first time: Petit Verdot. To me, Petit Verdot is a dark, tannic spicy wine with a very floral aroma, often described as smelling of violets or lavender, I think it makes a wonderful blending component for wines such as these. Our Assistant Winemaker, Mike, and I sat down with a bottle of this wine so we could jot down some tasting notes. We discovered that this would prove a little more challenging than originally anticipated as the wine changed and evolved with every taste. There were some bolder characteristics that stayed with the wine throughout our tasting, however. From our notes: Anise, green olive, mocha coffee, and brambly fruit on the nose. Sumptuous, round, and silky in the mouth with forward flavors of cassis and black cherry. The wine finished with a pretty coating of vanilla and fine tannins. Food paring should be fairly easy to accomplish given the wonderful complexities and nuances of this wine.
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