Full Review

Hagafen

Hagafen
2014 Prix Reserve, Merlot, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5% RS: <1%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$65
Cellar Selection

Hagafen
2014 Prix Reserve, Merlot, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5% RS: <1%
Garnet black color. Aromas of raspberry, rose hip jam, fine tobacco, licorice, and dried mint with an vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, compelling, medium-long cinnamon, nutmeg, dried plums, black tea, and spiced arugula finish with firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. A dry and well-structured Merlot for substantial pairings; concentrated and ageable.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: raspberry, rose hip jam, fine tobacco, licorice, and dried mint
Taste Flavor: cinnamon, nutmeg, dried plums, black tea, and spiced arugula
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A dry and well-structured Merlot for substantial pairings; concentrated and ageable.

The Producer

Hagafen Cellars

The Producer
4160 Silverado Trl
Napa, CA 94558
USA
1 707-252-0781

Their Portfolio

93 Hagafen 2014 Estate Bottled, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.5% (USA) $48.00.
92 Hagafen 2015 Estate Bottled, Merlot, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley 13.5% (USA) $42.00.
86 Hagafen 2016 Chardonnay, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley 13.5% (USA) $30.00.
92 Hagafen 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa County-Sonoma County 12.5% (USA) $27.00.
94 Hagafen 2017 Wieruszowski Vineyard Estate Bottled Sweet, Riesling, Coombsville, Napa Valley 11% (USA) $24.00.
83 Hagafen 2015 Methode Champenoise Brut Rosé, Napa Valley 12.5% (USA) $48.00.
88 Hagafen 2016 Estate Bottled Wieruszowski Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.4% (USA) $54.00.
91 Hagafen 2016 Estate Bottled, Merlot, Coombsville, Napa Valley 14.9% (USA) $42.00.
92 Hagafen 2015 Brut Cuvée Sparkling Wine, Napa Valley 12.8% (USA) $48.00.
85 Hagafen 2017 Chardonnay, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley 13.8% (USA) $30.00.
89 Hagafen 2017 Prix Reserve, Chardonnay, Napa Valley 13.8% (USA) $40.00.
92 Hagafen 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa County-Sonoma County 12.5% (USA) $27.00.
87 Hagafen 2017 Clearwater Ranch, Riesling, Lake County 12% (USA) $24.00.
91 Hagafen 2018 Clearwater Ranch, Riesling, Lake County 12% (USA) $24.00.
92 Hagafen 2017 Prix Reserve, Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley 13% (USA) $40.00.
88 Hagafen 2018 Don Ernesto’s Beret Rosé, Syrah, California 13.5% (USA) $27.00.
92 Hagafen 2016 Prix Reserve, Pinot Noir, Coombsville, Napa Valley 13% (USA) $60.00.
95 Hagafen 2013 Prix Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.9% (USA) $80.00.
90 Hagafen 2014 Prix Reserve, Merlot, Napa Valley 14.5% (USA) $65.00.
90 Hagafen 2015 Estate Bottled Wieruszowski Vineyard, Cabernet Franc, Coombsville, Napa Valley 13.5% (USA) $48.00.
84 Hagafen 2017 Don Ernesto’s Oh! Red Blend, Napa Valley 14% (USA) $39.00.
92 Hagafen 2018 Montington Vineyard Estate Bottled, Pinot Noir, Coombsville, Napa Valley 14.2% (USA) $39.00.
87 Hagafen 2017 Wieruszowski Vineyard Estate Bottled, Syrah, Coombsville, Napa Valley 13.8% (USA) $42.00.
87 Hagafen 2016 Prix Melange Estate Bottled Reserve, Napa Valley 14.9% (USA) $85.00.
89 Prix 2015 Reserve, Chardonnay, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley 13.5% (USA) $40.00.
88 Prix 2016 Reserve, Chardonnay, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley 13.5% (USA) $40.00.
85 Prix 2016 Estate Bottled Reserve, Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley 12% (USA) $40.00.
93 Prix 2014 Reserve Estate Bottled, Syrah, Napa Valley 14.7% (USA) $65.00.
88 Prix 2015 Estate Bottled Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.3% (USA) $80.00.

Merlot

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Serve in a Cabernet Wine Glass
Merlot is a red variety that is loved by consumers, yet often shunned by certain wine gurus and critics, as they perceive these wines as “little sisters” to the more powerful Cabernet Sauvignon. Yet on its own, the best examples of Merlot are multi-layered, complex wines that are among the finest in the world.

Merlot has many similar flavors to Cabernet Sauvignon, especially with its cherry and plum fruit, but is has fewer, less sharp tannins than Cabernet Sauvignon. Many producers whether in Bordeaux, America, Chile or elsewhere, often blend small percentages of Merlot into Cabernet Sauvignon to lessen the tannic bitterness of the latter.

A few districts in France’s Bordeaux region, namely Pomerol, are home to the greatest examples of Merlot. Chateau Petrus is the world’s most famous example of Merlot, a powerful wine that ages beautifully for 30 or 40 years in the best vintages. There are also celebrated examples from American, especially in Washington’s Walla Walla valley as well as in Napa Valley in California. Merlot is also very successful in Chile, New Zealand and even in certain part of Italy.

Merlot pairs best with foods such as lamb or veal, but it also sought out by consumers to accompany steaks and roast when they want a rounder, more elegant red wine.