Robert Hall Meritage Red Blend 2012
Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Maria Valley, California
The Meritage presents elegant aromas of black currant, cassis and ripe plum, complemented by intriguing earthy notes and cedar. The color is deep ruby red, dense, and reflects the intensity of this vintage, the vineyard, and the careful selection of our finest lots. On the palate the wine shows exceptional depth of flavor with firm but velvety tannins. The classic blend of four noble grapes produces a wine of finesse and character featuring our estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petite Verdot.
Tasting Panel - "Diverse soils from Paso Robles - stony alluvium for the Cabernet Sauvignon and sandy loam for the Petit Verdot and Cab Franc, along with clay from vineyards across the appelation for the 48% of Merlot - are the foundation for this outstanding blend. French oak creaminess and a lingering fragrance offer up charm from nose to palate: violets and other exotic floral tones, plums, vanilla and cassis. "I look for color first, then power, when it comes to Merlot," says Winemaker Don Brady. He nailed it."
Robert Hall Winery
Tucked into the hillside east of Paso Robles, along California’s enchanting Central Coast, lies a dream 40 years in the making. This is Robert Hall Winery, where years of hard work and infinite attention to detail are invested into every bottle of wine made. As farmers first, the goal is to nurture the land and coax from it the finest fruit possible from the vineyards on the Hall Ranch -- each with its own personality and each expressing unique nuances that strive to capture the essence of Paso Robles.
An entrepreneur with tremendous business acumen, Robert L. Hall’s past success include ventures in construction, bowling centers, travel agencies, restaurants and champion horse breeding. A native of Minnesota, Robert resided in Arizona prior to finding a home in the Paso Robles AVA. View all Robert Hall Wines
About Santa Maria ValleyView a map of Santa Maria Valley wineries
Situated near the ocean in the larger Santa Barbara district, the Santa Maria Valley appellation runs east to west. Pacific Ocean air funnels in to cool the vineyards, allowing the grapes to evenly ripen and reach their full potential. This unique climate paired with the region's well-drained soils helps create some sought-after grapes.
Notable FactsPinot Noir and Chardonnay are the most planted varieties in the AVA, which covers over 7,000 acres of land. Syrah is gaining more ground as it consistantly produces outstanding wines. Many vineyards are owned by growers and sold to wineries, so seeing a vineyard name on multiple producer's bottles is common. One of the better known vineyards, Bien Nacido, is found on the labels of some of the most prestigious wines of the area.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.