Posts Tagged Mount Veeder

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

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

2011 Mt. Brave Cabernet Sauvignon, Mount Veeder, Napa Valley

The 2011 vintage in Napa Valley was one of the most difficult ones in decades. Those that sourced from vineyards higher up seemed to fare better than others. That is good news for Mt. Brave, located on Mount Veeder over 1000 feet above the valley... 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

2008 Hess Collection ‘The Lion’ Red Wine Blend, Mount Veeder, Napa Valley

It’s called a “Red Wine Blend,” but this mountain wine is almost all Cabernet Sauvignon, joined by a dollop of Malbec. Everything about the wine is big, from its concentrated opaque purple/black hue through its silky, earthy tannins and herbal... Read more

2009 Hess Collection ‘19 Block Cuvee,’ Mount Veeder, Napa Valley

Grapes grown in 19 blocks within The Hess Collection’s highest-altitude vineyard on Mount Veeder provided the “raw materials” for this Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend, which also includes Malbec (20% of the cuvee), Syrah (9%), Merlot (7%) and... Read more

2008 Hess Collection Cabernet Sauvignon, Mount Veeder, Napa Valley

Deep ruby hue. Varietal aroma of black currant, blackberry, and olive, play off of clove and cinnamon woodspice. In the mouth, it picks up powdery coco and cream. Smooth through to the finish, where fine-grained, rounded tannins pop up. This wine is... Read more

2007 Hess Collection Cabernet Sauvignon, Mount Veeder

A wonderfully spicy nose gives way to dark berry fruit flavors and a dark chocolate impression. This is a beautifully concentrated and perfectly balanced wine, guaranteed to draw oos and ahs from your friends (if you’re inclined to... Read more

2008 Hess Collection Chardonnay, Mount Veeder

During the 1980s, Hess was on the “monster” Chardonnay bandwagon, but no more. And the wines are better for it. This is a beautiful Chardonnay with an enticingly sweet aroma (pineapple, honeysuckle) that leads to mineral-tinged peach and papaya... Read more

2007 Hess Collection ’19 Block Cuvee,’ Mount Veeder

A Bordeaux blend with a twist — a dollop of Syrah — this nicely structured and perfectly balanced wine is smooth yet quite full on the palate. A sweet caramel and almost molasses-like impression frame an array of dark fruit flavors, provided by... Read more