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Hagafen

Hagafen
2016 Prix Reserve, Pinot Noir, Coombsville, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Pinot Noir

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13% RS: <1%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$60

Hagafen
2016 Prix Reserve, Pinot Noir, Coombsville, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Pinot Noir

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13% RS: <1%
Dark ruby color. Aromas and flavors of cherry turnover, tobacco, clove, cedar, black pepper, and vanilla creme Anglaise with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, long finish with well-integrated tannins and heavy oak flavor. An oak-focused, rich and spicy Pinot Noir.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky, Rich & Full & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: cherry turnover, tobacco, clove, cedar, black pepper, and vanilla creme Anglaise
Taste Flavor: cherry turnover, tobacco, clove, cedar, black pepper, and vanilla creme Anglaise
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: An oak-focused, rich and spicy Pinot Noir.

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.

Pinot Noir

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Serve in a Burgundy Wine Glass
Pinot Noir is one of the world’s most fascinating red varieties. While many red grapes produces wines of power and youthful intensity, a wine made from Pinot Noir is often more refined with higher acidity and lower levels of tannins. The spiritual home for Pinot Noir is Burgundy, where it is produced in many styles, from very light to examples that can age for two to three decades.

Pinot Noirs tend to have aromas and flavors red cherry fruit, while some offer notes of wild strawberry, plum or even floral notes such as carnation and red roses. As tannins in Pinot Noir are not as pronounced as in a grape such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Nebbiolo, most Pinot Noirs can be enjoyed upon release, which is usually two to three years after the vintage.

Burgundy works extremely well for Pinot Noir, as it is a cool climate; a warm or hot climate would not bring out the perfumes of the variety. Thus growers in several countries have planted Pinot Noir in their coolest regions, looking to emulate Burgundy. These include the Willamette Valley in Oregon; Russian River Valley, Santa Lucia Highlands and Sta. Rita Hills in California (among others); Central Otago in New Zealand; Casablanca and San Antonio Valleys in Chile and the Rheinhessen, Pfalz and Baden in Germany (where the grape is known as Spatburgunder). The concept of terroir – a wine is the producet of its specific environment – is most often associated with Pinot Noir.

Pinot Noirs tend to pair well with poultry (duck a l’orange is a classic match), game birds and even certain types of seafoods (as tannins are low), such as salmon, tuna and halibut.