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Hagafen

Hagafen
2016 Prix Melange Estate Bottled Reserve, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.9%
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$85

Hagafen
2016 Prix Melange Estate Bottled Reserve, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.9%
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of prune, raisin, and berry jam with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, breezy finish manifesting notes of milk chocolate covered almonds and black peppercorn with moderate oak flavor. Rich notes of dried fruit reign in this oaky Napa red.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Oaky & Fruity
Aroma Aroma: prune, raisin, and berry jam
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of milk chocolate covered almonds and black peppercorn
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Pot Roast, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: Rich notes of dried fruit reign in this oaky Napa red.

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.

Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

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Serve in a Cabernet Wine Glass
The greatness of red wines from France's Bordeaux region can be largely attributed to the art of blending. There are five red varieties that can be used in a Bordeaux red: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec (this last is rarely seen anymore in Bordeaux).

The reason for blending several grapes to craft the final wine is for greater complexity as well as elegance. Each grape has various characteristics and can attribute special qualities to the final wine. Cabernet Sauvignon is powerful and tannins, while Merlot has lighter tannins, while Cabernet Franc has a spicy, peppery quality to it. Blending these grapes together will round out all of these qualities; sort of a "the whole is greater than the sum of the parts" rationale.

This principal of blending is used in many regions besides Bordeaux, especially in California, were the blends are often given proprietary names, like Opus One, Insignia, and Quintessa. US blends of Bordeaux varietals may also be labeled, in addition to their proprietary name, by the designation of Meritage if they are approved and licensed by the Meritage Alliance.

Blending in Bordeaux is common not only on the prestigious wines from historic estates that cost hundreds of dollars per bottle, but also on the lighter-styled wines that are priced in the mid-teens. Aging potential can often be directly linked to the price of the wine, from three to five years to three to five decades.

Pair these wines with most red meats, games or roasts.