2017 Hunter Glenn Estate Vineyard Merlot – A Cabernet Lovers Merlot
Opened this Merlot last night thinking it to be a mellow easy drinking red wine with dinner. Pleasantly shocked beyond belief of the punch of this heavy weight blow delivered by this wine. This is not a soft and cuddly Merlot as it possessed such flavor along with beautiful and substantially structured tannins similar to a high end Cabernet Sauvignon.
On the eyes, a lush and dark purple coloration with medium viscosity. On the nose blueberries are so dominate. On the palate, cinnamon, soft leather, dark cherry, plum and sweet pipe tobacco swirl in the mouth. The finish presents strength and elegance simultaneously. A slight sweetness also highlights this daunting and surprising conclusion. Aged 21 months on 30% new French oak barrels. Only 58 cases were produced. At $70 this wine is not an everyday Merlot but a solid addition for any cellar or collector.
The Wine Pairing
Once winter or cooler weather rolls around, simple comfort food is in order. Seasoned beef meatloaf topped with cheddar cheese. A few drops of Tabasco added for some spiciness. Accompanied with a Yukon potato and fresh dinner salad. The fruit of blueberry and slightly sweet finish of this Merlot was both spot on and an excellent counterbalance making a perfect wine for this meal.