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Hess Chardonnay Su'Skol Vineyard 2007

Winemaker's Notes:

Wine Tasting Notes Aromas of cantaloupe, guava, pineapple followed by a concentrated and rich palate of Asian pear, with a citrus finish. The bright acidity and creamy mouthfeel are well-balanced in the mid-palate. 30% new French oak gives a hint of vanilla in the background.

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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

Editorial Reviews for Hess Chardonnay Su'Skol Vineyard

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065220,932
3.50 5
02/14/2010

Smoky and oaky on the nose with assertive vanilla, pineapple, candied lime zest, Clementine, and bay leaf notes. Very focused on entry with a tight core of sweet pineapple and papaya fruit that opens across the mid-palate filling the mouth. The acids keep this from feeling too big and help add definition to the tropical fruit and citrus flavors on the backend. The finish is a bit short and subtle, though the mouth is left with a nice, papaya, hazelnut and vanilla flavor. A classic rendition of California Chardonnay, in a slightly toned down style. This should work fairly well with a broad range of foods and seems well suited to accompanying grilled chicken. 88pts


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Snooth User: VegasOenophile
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4.00 5
04/11/2010

Tasted at UNLVino 4/10/10


External Reviews for Hess Chardonnay Su'Skol Vineyard

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Leafy, floral scents lead to a ripe core of apple and pear flavors shaded by hazelnut oak aromas, finishing with a crisp aftertaste. Drink now.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

A lush, opulent Chard marked by oaky aromas and flavors. The underlying flavors are of tropical fruits, enhanced with vanilla, buttered toast and smoky spices. Drinks very rich and flamboyant; a show-off wine.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Spicy, floral and perfumed, with hints of pear, nectarine and tangerine, shaded by light oak, making it elegant and delicate in style. Drink now through 2005.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Intense, concentrated and tightly focused, with a creamy mouthfeel to the lively layers of citrus, green apple, melon and herb scents. Shows a hint of mineral and spice on the aftertaste. Great length and persistence. Drink now through 2010.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Grapes for this wine come from Hess' Suscol Vineyard located in the southern part of Napa Valley, near the Napa city limits. Winemaker David Guffey combines a selection of seven rootstocks and nine clones of Chardonnay to come up with this bottling, which blends richness and refreshing acidity. The wine was aged 33 percent in new French oak, along with 1- and 2-year-old barrels.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Filled with golden, ripe fruit, this wine is soft and plump. It has a waxy warmth and a hint of acidity that will melt right into a cheese soufflé.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Rich and multilayered, with a mix of spicy fig, toasted almond, hazelnut and vanilla. Finishes with a complex aftertaste. Drink now.


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Wine Tasting Notes Aromas of cantaloupe, guava, pineapple followed by a concentrated and rich palate of Asian pear, with a citrus finish. The bright acidity and creamy mouthfeel are well-balanced in the mid-palate. 30% new French oak gives a hint of vanilla in the background.

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