Posts Tagged Hess

2013 Hess Select Chardonnay, Monterey County

Looking for a “house white” for your house? It would be hard to beat this easy-drinking Chardonnay from Monterey County. Vivid medium-straw in color, it has alluring aromas of sweet lemon, butter, vanilla and baking spices. Tropical fruit notes... Read more

2012 Hess Select Pinot Noir, Central Coast

Nearly transparent light coral/ruby color, lightening at the rim. At first sniff, ample menthol-laced black cherry fruit is evident, with notes of strawberry and tea leaf. There is noticeable heat from the stated 14.5% alcohol. An easy to drink red... Read more

2011 Hess Select “Treo” Winemaker’s Blend, California

The proprietary name Treo refers to the three grape varietals used in the blend: Syrah, Petite Sirah, and Merlot. In the glass, it has a translucent ruby color. Scents of sweet red berries, cherry, and a sharper note of pomegranate are complemented... Read more

2012 Hess Select Cabernet Sauvignon, North Coast

Nearly opaque dark ruby in color. In the nose, varietal aromas of herb-tinged blackberry and black currant fruit co-mingle with notes of black licorice and chocolate. It is medium-full in body, with the fruit flavors carrying through to the finish.... Read more

2012 Artezin Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley

Nearly opaque bright crimson color. Black pepper laced fruit aromas of black plum, jammy black berries, and a hint of vanilla and clove follow through to mid-palate before picking up medium-grained, ashy tannins. Zinfandel is one of the few heartier... 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

2011 Hess Select Malbec, Salta, Argentina

The color is a translucent crimson with purple glints. Bright and light, the nose shows scents of red berries, red apple, and pomegranate, with later notes of sweet, red cherry. The wine is medium in body, clean, and sports ample juicy acidity. This... Read more

2010 Hess Select ‘Treo Winemaker’s Blend,’ California

There are five grape varieties — mostly Merlot, Syrah and Petite Sirah, along with dollops of Malbec and Mourvedre — in this cuvee, so you may be wonderting about the “Treo” name. It refers to Hess Collection founder Donald Hess and his two... Read more

2010 Glen Carlou ‘Grand Classique,’ South Africa

At a time when Bordeaux prices are high (when are they not, really?) and many California wineries are dealing with a challenging vintage, here’s a go-to wine for lovers of red blends. Cabernet Sauvignon comprises just over half of the cuvee,... Read more

2011 Colomé ‘Estate’ Malbec, Salta, Argentina

This wine invites imbibers to the “dark side,” from its opaque purple/black coloring all the way through its tart finish. The nose evokes cocoa and cream, along with plenty of dark (black and blue) fruit and a bit of black pepper. The peppery... Read more