*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from Hahn Winery
Okay, well, clearly I’m kidding. But really, Meritage is a term used to describe red wine blends made from traditional Bordeaux grapes. So basically it’s a fancy way of saying “Red Blend.” But that’s cool, I dig red blends, a lot. The wine in question is the 2006 Hahn Meritage from the Central Coast of California. At the Wine Blogger Conference last year, Wine Diver Girl acted as a dealer of Hahn Wine. She had a trunk full of samples and doled them out to wine bloggers who had responded to her offer of samples. I count myself among the lucky to get them. The Hahn Meritage had a real cork closure, clocked in at 14.5% alcohol by volume, and retails for around $13. For $13, this is quite a nice little table wine.
On the nose I found blueberries, blackberries, vanilla cream, chocolate, slight red fruit, spice, and pepper. Overall, the nose showed lots of yummy dark fruit. In the mouth I got flavors of dark juicy berries, blackberries, cherries, plums, little sweet fruit/vanilla, red cherry, some raspberries, and chocolate.
Overally, I thought this wine represented a really great value. For $13, this is an easy drinking everyday red that would stand up well to food as it had nice acidity and structure.