2014 Hagafen Merlot
The 2014 vintage in the Napa Valley is known as the year of the earthquake. The late August earthquake caused a slight disruption in the harvest, but was not a major problem for most wineries. The ongoing drought conditions defined the growing season and led to one of Napa’s earliest harvests on record with limited crop size. Cabernet took center stage, but all grapes - including Chardonnay, Merlot, and Syrah fared well, under ideal weather conditions. Quality is excellent somewhere between 2012 and 2013. 2014 is darker and a bit more concentrated than the 2012’s, but perhaps with some earlier appeal than the tightly packed wines of 2013.
Our lovely 2014 vintage aromatics are enough to keep you satisfied with only your nose in the glass. Over flowing with wild strawberry, blue and black berries and Lincoln rose and just a tease of lilac- this wine continues to delight. Found admits the fruits and florals are hints of light pepper and caramel. Moving into the soft, round, velvety mouth we find bright tart raspberry jam balanced with soft oak and smooth tannins. This lovely Merlot will make you question why you ever thought badly of this noble varietal.
Gold Medal - Sommelier Challenge
Gold Medal - International Women’s Wine Competition