2006 Havens Napa Valley Merlot (Previously $20)

SKU #1053296

Now closed after a run of 15 or so years of wonderful wines, this HEAVILY discounted Napa Merlot is a crazy steal. As Robert Parker wrote: "Mike Havens, working out of a warehouse in the city of Napa, appears to have settled into an admirable pattern, producing richer and richer Merlots." The 2006 Merlot is delicous right now. A bit softer and rounder than the Cabernet that sold so well last month, it shows excellent balance and a lush, lingering finish. A great buy at this price! (Trey Beffa, K&L Wine Merchants) The 2006 Havens Merlot reminds me of a young St-Emilion or Côtes de Castillon. With its pleasing ripe nose of roasted meats, cassis, rhubarb and new leather, with a nice spiciness, this is very French in its approach. The palate is understated, far from being the syrupy monster that Merlot has become here in the US, with cherry fruit and more savory notes of cedar, tobacco and fried sage all encapsulated in a cocoa-y shell. The finish is long and echoes on the palate after it is gone with flavors of oak toast, Kalamata olive black currant and redwood. This is serious wine with plenty of structure and density, far from the many one-trick-ponies in the under-$10-Merlot category. Pick up a case, there is no rush to drink it being that it will only get better over the 5-6 years, but at $6.99 there is no shame if you don't wait that long. (Bryan Brick, K&L)

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Staff Image By: Christie Brunick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/9/2010 | Send Email
I'm so happy I just bought a case of this wine because wow, it is a great Tuesday night wine! Although a bit alcoholic when it's first opened, but wait 15 to 20 min and oh my does it just end up melting away into fleshy, pure bliss filled with dark fruit, chocolate, spice and a touch of oak. I drank the whole bottle over dinner, it was that easy!

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Varietal:

Merlot

- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
Specific Appellation:

Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5