92 Points, Gold Medal, "Exceptional" - World Wine Championships
Today's Heist returns to a perennial favorite producer of ours, Hagafen Cellars in Napa Valley. While Hagafen produces wonderful wines that are perfect at any time of year, a little known fact is that all of their wines also happen to be Kosher.
The 2007 Hagafen Estate Napa Valley Merlot is deep ruby in color. The nose shows plenty of fruit with plum, blackberry, and raspberry, along with notes of baking spice. The palate is bright and racy, with blackberry, mint and leather flavors combining in this medium bodied wine. This wine has Merlot’s typical dark fruit profile with plenty of refreshing acidity. It is extremely versatile, pairing well with your favorite dishes. Stock up today and enjoy this one through the Summer months! And don’t worry, if you have some left over, this one to age for several years with ease. Hagafen Cellars (along with a handful of producers around the world) shows that Kosher wine can hold their own with the finest wines of the world.
Appellation: Napa Valley
Harvest Date: September 5th, 2007
Sugar: 23.8° Brix at harvest
Hagafen Cellars is located in the Napa Valley, in the heart of California's premier wine grape region. Less than a mile south of the famed Stags leap District and twenty yards from the Oak Knoll District - Napa's newest and most exciting of American Viticultural Areas. Their well-drained soil are ideal for the growth and production of ripe and rich, intensely fruity small lot estate bottled wines. Owned and operated by Irit and Ernie Weir, the winery was founded in 1979, and the first commercially released vintage was harvested in 1980. In the ensuing years, they have grown from a small partnership producing wine with grapes from Winery Lake Vineyard, then owned by Rene DiRosa, to a well-established wine company whose wines are distributed throughout North America and overseas. Since 1980 our wines have been served on numerous occasions at the White House to visiting foreign dignitaries. The cornerstone of their lives are the Silverado Trail winery and tasting room and the two estate vineyards in the eastern benchland of the Napa Valley.
Learn more at www.hagafen.com.