Robert Hall 2007 Paso Robles Merlot

Posted on November 04, 2010

Robert and his wife Margaret purchased their first Paso Robles vineyard in 1995. Now, Hall Ranch is composed of four different vineyards (Home, Terrace, Bench, and Brady) totaling approximately 240 acres that are all Certified Sustainability in Practice. Winemaker Don Brady is crafting wonderful wine from these estate vineyards; their offerings include Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Grenache, Merlot, Orange Muscat, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, Viognier, Port, and several different blends and reserves. 

As an ambassador for the Paso Robles wine industry, Robert has worked hard to build acclaim for the region. Despite being less than ten years old, Robert Hall Winery's desire for excellence has not gone unnoticed. Just a few months ago, they were recognized as the Golden State Winery of the Year, awarded by the California State Fair Wine Competition where Hall's ten wines walked away with five "best of class" awards, three gold medals, and seven silver medals. Robert Hall wines can now be found throughout the United States and several countries worldwide. 

 

Winery - Robert Hall Winery

Location - Paso Robles, California

Wine - Robert Hall 2007 Paso Robles Merlot

Grape Varieties - Merlot, Cabernet Franc

Appellation - Paso Robles

Alcohol - 14.5% v/v

Price -$18 USD


Nose/Aroma - Boysenberries and black pepper.

Palate/Flavors - Complex flavor profile. Boysenberries and raspberries with a certain earthiness. Spice and cedar oak chips. Low acid and bitterness with a bit of astringency towards the end. 

Food Pairing - Maybe a nice burger topped with cheddar and bacon.

Comments - I didn't particularly like this wine straight away, but it opened up well after decanting for a half hour or so. Probably needs a bit longer in the cellar; all and all, this is a lovely wine.