Posts Tagged Hess Collection

2012 The Hess Collection Chardonnay, Mount Veeder/Napa Valley

Little by little, winery by winery, vintage by vintage, the style of “California Chardonnay” is evolving. The big, rich, buttery renditions that defined the “genre” for more than two decades are giving way to lighter, brighter, cleaner and... Read more

2012 Hess Collection ‘Allomi’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Opaque deep crimson color. In the nose, there is a sharp blueberry tang that mixes with raspberry and blackberry fruit. All of this is shaded by notes of lavender, cedar, and spicy oak, followed by a kiss of milk chocolate. Prominent, fine-grained... Read more

2011 Hess Collection Cabernet Sauvignon, Small Block Reserve, Napa Valley

Opaque purple/black color. Who says you couldn’t make great Cabernet in the Napa Valley in the challenging 2011 vintage? This is an impressive effort. Aromas of roast coffee, polished leather, fresh cassis, boysenberry, black cherry, and licorice... Read more

2011 Hess Collection ‘19 Block Mountain Cuvee,’ Mount Veeder/Napa Valley

Nearly opaque dark ruby color. Savory scents of dried herbs, celery stalk, and spiced berry fruit lead to an initial juiciness on the palate that then dries out towards the finish. This red is well-suited to pair with grilled lamb, duck, or other... Read more

2013 Hess Collection Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley

Brilliant straw color. The nose is unmistakably Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc, delivering scents of field herbs with lemon, green apple, and grapefruit, and a final note of fig from a dollop of Semillon added to the final blend. It is refreshing and... Read more

2011 Hess Collection Cabernet Sauvignon, Mount Veeder/Napa Valley

The Hess Collection reputation was initially built on the refined quality of its estate Cabernet Sauvignon bottlings in the 1980s. So, how did they do in the quite challenging 2011 vintage? Just fine, thank you. Opaque black in the glass, this red... Read more

2012 Hess Collection Chardonnay, Napa Valley

Brilliant bright straw color. Floral aromas of honeysuckle, white peach, mandarin orange, and a whiff of papaya are joined by scents of vanilla and warm bread. These continue in the mouth, picking up some pear notes. The Hess Su’Skol Vineyard is... Read more

2011 Artezin Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley

Translucent dark ruby color, lightening at the rim to a neon dark coral shade. The moderate nose shows black prune, green olive (with the pit), black pepper, menthol, black licorice, and a variety of baking spices. Lush and palate-coating, the... Read more

2012 Artezin Zinfandel, Mendocino County

Translucent ruby color with streaks of violet. The wine offers up varietal scents of pectin, paraffin, light pepper, pie spices, and briary red and black berry fruit. These same Zinny flavors are echoed on the palate. This is a balanced Zinfandel... Read more

2011 Peter Lehmann Clancy’s Red, Barossa Valley

A blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Shiraz, 21% Merlot, and 4% Cabernet Franc. Nearly opaque dark ruby color. At first whiff, inviting aromas of dusty, sweet, mint-shaded red and black fruits are evident. It’s soft and sweet in the mouth,... Read more