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Hess Allomi Cabernet 2012

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The Allomi Vineyard is relatively young, and it has one thing that Cabernet Sauvignon surely loves: some heat, and a long, lingering growing season that allows fruit to ripen slowly on the vine, gaining complexity and layers of flavor. There's a hint of floral aromas on the nose, with vanilla, oak spice and even a touch of pepper. Full bodied red fruit flavors typical for Cabernet are joined by notes of currant and blackberry with moderate, well-integrated tannins with wonderful balance and a soft, round, almost lush mouthfeel. Distinctive accents from American oak complete the profile, surely one of Napa's great treasures from Pope Valley. Food Pairing: Earthy flavors enhance the fruit flavors in this wine, especially with foods such as herb roasted chicken, grilled pork, caramelized onions, eggplant, sautéed greens, roasted potatoes or vegetables and aged Jack and Gouda cheese.

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The Hess Collection Vineyards:
The Hess Collection was founded by Swiss entrepreneur Donald Hess, who first purchased vineyards on Mount Veeder in 1978. The winery is best known for its flagship Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay wines, and single vineyard designates from our estate vineyards in Napa Valley. A leader in sustainable and organic practices, The Hess Collection adheres to founder Donald Hess’ philoso... Read more
The Hess Collection was founded by Swiss entrepreneur Donald Hess, who first purchased vineyards on Mount Veeder in 1978. The winery is best known for its flagship Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay wines, and single vineyard designates from our estate vineyards in Napa Valley. A leader in sustainable and organic practices, The Hess Collection adheres to founder Donald Hess’ philosophy; “Nurture the land; return what you take.” Located in the historic stone winery originally constructed in 1903 by Colonel Theodore Gier, the winery first opened to the public in 1989. It since has earned international recognition for its wine, culinary and visitor programs, and provides free public access to Donald Hess’ extensive private Contemporary Art Museum. Read less

External Reviews for Hess Allomi Cabernet

External Review
Source: WineExpress.com
12/12/2014

The 210-acre Allomi vineyard lies in the gently rolling hills of northeastern Napa Valley, where the combination of a typically long, warm growing season and well-drained soils create optimal ripening conditions for Cabernet Sauvignon. Sustainably farmed, in each vintage, winemakers evaluate the grapes and select only the finest components for the final cuvée. The 2012 vintage could easily be described as textbook. Budbreak, flowering and set proceeded without a hitch, and there were no heat events or early season crippling frost. The result was an abundant harvest with fruit that brought smiles to everyone’s faces. A blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petite Sirah and 2% Petit Verdot aged 18 months in 24% new American oak barrels. In was recently rated 94 points by Beverage Dynamics Magazine. They said "This single vineyard Cabernet from one of the Valley’s best known wineries is full of rich black and red fruit; dark ruby in the glass, with plenty of richness on the nose and palate; hints of spice and tannin provide backbone for the fruit to surround; the finish is well balanced, and quite lengthy." Dont' Miss It!


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
07/29/2015

This is tempting, with seductive mocha, creamy oak and vanillin notes, bolstered by a tight, vibrant core of rich blackberry, currant and licorice. Firms up on the finish, where the flavors gain depth and nuance. The finish is a bit clipped. Drink now through 2028. 45,106 cases made.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
07/29/2015

This interesting blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petite Sirah and 2% Petit Verdot works on many levels. Floral lavender and violet open the wine before a light, rounded touch of blackberry and leather hit the palate, followed by earthy cola spice. Well-priced and easy to enjoy, it puts good winemaking on display.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
08/03/2015

A dark ruby-colored, fruity, soft, round, delicious, consumer friendly effort, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Allomi can be enjoyed over the next 4–5 years.



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The Allomi Vineyard is relatively young, and it has one thing that Cabernet Sauvignon surely loves: some heat, and a long, lingering growing season that allows fruit to ripen slowly on the vine, gaining complexity and layers of flavor. There's a hint of floral aromas on the nose, with vanilla, oak spice and even a touch of pepper. Full bodied red fruit flavors typical for Cabernet are joined by notes of currant and blackberry with moderate, well-integrated tannins with wonderful balance and a soft, round, almost lush mouthfeel. Distinctive accents from American oak complete the profile, surely one of Napa's great treasures from Pope Valley. Food Pairing: Earthy flavors enhance the fruit flavors in this wine, especially with foods such as herb roasted chicken, grilled pork, caramelized onions, eggplant, sautéed greens, roasted potatoes or vegetables and aged Jack and Gouda cheese.

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