Full Review

Hagafen

Hagafen
2015 Estate Bottled, Merlot, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Lamb Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$42

Hagafen
2015 Estate Bottled, Merlot, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Lamb Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5%
Medium color. Fruity aromas of strawberry, pomegranate, cola, and cherry with a soft, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long , blueberry, and pie crust finish with well-integrated tannins. A rich, palate-coating, powerful Merlot.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Savory & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: strawberry, pomegranate, cola, and cherry
Taste Flavor: , blueberry, and pie crust
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: In 3-6 years with food
Recipes Pairing: Delmonico Steak, Grilled Lamb Chops, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A rich, palate-coating, powerful Merlot.

The Producer

Hagafen Cellars

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

Their Portfolio

86 Don Ernesto 2015 "Beret", Rose, Napa Valley 12% (USA) $24.00.
94 Hagafen 2014 Chardonnay, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley 14.6% (USA) $.00.
93 Hagafen 2014 "Don Ernesto Collage", Lodi 14.4% (USA) $24.00.
91 Hagafen 2012 Brut Rosé, Napa Valley 12% (USA) $48.00.
93 Hagafen 2014 Don Ernesto’s Collage, Lodi 14.4% (USA) $24.00.
90 Hagafen 2015 Estate Bottled, Riesling, Napa Valley 11% (USA) $24.00.
91 Hagafen 2015 Clearwater, Riesling, Lake County 11% (USA) $21.00.
93 Hagafen 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley 13% (USA) $27.00.
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 Prix 2012 Mélange Red Table Wine, Napa Valley 14.7% (USA) $75.00.
89 Prix 2014 Estate Bottled, Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley 13% (USA) $40.00.
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.