The nose is pretty complex with notes of black cherry, tea leaf, andcedar aromatics. Broad entry flavors of dark fruits, plums,blackberry, and cherry. The midpalate continues with cherryfollowed by dusty tannins from the Cabernet. A firm thread ofacidity lifts the fruit and keeps it on the tongue well into thefinish. This is a very sturdy Merlot that would pair well withtraditional Cabernet dishes like steak, but also pairs well with a rich Italian tomato based pasta or meat dish. Lamb's gamey/savory notes of the meat would be enhanced by the berry notes and crisp acidity of the wine.
|During the 1790s, Spanish missionaries recognized the rare soils and favorable climate of the Santa Lucia Highlands of Monterey and planted grapevines there. Yet nearly two hundred years later when our founder Nicolaus (Nicky) Hahn and his wife Gaby first purchased land in the Highlands, cattle, sheep and horses ranged over the hills. Vineyards were a secondary concern.
Nicky immediately saw that the land he’d purchased was destined for greater things than grazing stock. He wasted no time. In 1980, the Hahns released their first wine from SLH. A mere eight years later, Nicky led the charge to establish SLH as an American Viticultural Area, a dream he saw realized in 1991.
Today, Hahn Family Wines, now run by Nicky and Gaby’s son Philip, owns and sustainably farms 650 acres of estate vineyards in the Santa Lucia Highlands. SLH enjoys worldwide acclaim for the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay made there.