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Hess Select North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon Wine 2014

External Review by We Speak Wine:

TASTE WITH THE WINEMAKER: This Cabernet is one of my ‘go-tos’ with friends and family, I think this wine works just as well at a backyard barbeque as it does in front of a fireplace…I guess that means I drink it year round! Bright and vivid aromas of roasted vanilla, mocha and baking spices meet layers of blackberry and ripe cherry flavors on the first swirl. I love the juicy entry on this wine – full bodied, rich and framed by thick mouth coating tannins are supported by just the right amount of acidity to keep it balanced. 2014 VINTAGE: The harvest of 2014 will be forever remembered for being blindingly fast. Many claim it was over in the blink of an eye. Not only was it fast, but it also started early (some grapes were at the winery in late August), meaning our crews spent Thanksgiving at home with their families, not a bad trade-off for some long days keeping up with the crush of grapes arriving at the winery. Fast is one thing, of course, but the real focus is always on flavor, and once again, as has been the case for recent vintages, the fruit is simply spectacular, giving winemakers a chance to develop wines with real character, a vintage that is memorable on every measure: fast, ripe and furiously top quality. BLEND: 78% Cabernet Sauvignon 10% Petite Sirah 6% Malbec 3% Merlot 3% Cabernet Franc AGING: Aged in French and American oak for 15 months TOTAL ACID: 0.57 gms/100ml PH: 3.77 ALCOHOL: 13.8%

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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

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05/10/2017

Three and a half glasses


External Reviews for Hess Select North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon Wine

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
04/27/2017

TASTE WITH THE WINEMAKER: This Cabernet is one of my ‘go-tos’ with friends and family, I think this wine works just as well at a backyard barbeque as it does in front of a fireplace…I guess that means I drink it year round! Bright and vivid aromas of roasted vanilla, mocha and baking spices meet layers of blackberry and ripe cherry flavors on the first swirl. I love the juicy entry on this wine – full bodied, rich and framed by thick mouth coating tannins are supported by just the right amount of acidity to keep it balanced. 2014 VINTAGE: The harvest of 2014 will be forever remembered for being blindingly fast. Many claim it was over in the blink of an eye. Not only was it fast, but it also started early (some grapes were at the winery in late August), meaning our crews spent Thanksgiving at home with their families, not a bad trade-off for some long days keeping up with the crush of grapes arriving at the winery. Fast is one thing, of course, but the real focus is always on flavor, and once again, as has been the case for recent vintages, the fruit is simply spectacular, giving winemakers a chance to develop wines with real character, a vintage that is memorable on every measure: fast, ripe and furiously top quality. BLEND: 78% Cabernet Sauvignon 10% Petite Sirah 6% Malbec 3% Merlot 3% Cabernet Franc AGING: Aged in French and American oak for 15 months TOTAL ACID: 0.57 gms/100ml PH: 3.77 ALCOHOL: 13.8%


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2013 06/15/2016

WINEMAKER’S TASTING NOTES: Each year we know what we’re after: an easy drinking Cabernet that tastes, well, like a Cabernet Sauvignon. We work with great farming families on the North Coast, selecting lots from terrific growing regions like Lake and Mendocino counties. The result is a wine that is dark in color and deep in flavors of red fruits like raspberry and cherry, sitting comfortably alongside darker herb-tinged blackberry and black currant. Some vanilla, cedar and oak spice adds to the impression of a wine you can’t wait to put in a glass. Medium-full in body, with nicely rounded fine-grained tannins and really, just a pleasure to drink. This, you can depend on each and every vintage. Backyard BBQ? Check. Date night out? Check. It makes us feel good that so many of you let us know how much you like this wine. - Dave Guffy, Winemaker 2013 VINTAGE: This growing season looked a lot like last year’s growing season and for once, that’s a very good thing. ‘Early, Excellent and Evenly Ripening’ were the watchwords of the season on the North Coast, and the Lake-Mendocino-Napa core of the North Coast was particularly in good form. Moderate temperatures were the norm through the winter and spring, with decidedly little moisture, bringing on an early bud break. Heat was constant through the summer, with one balmy blip, so grapes hung around on the vine, ripening slowly and fully, layering on complex layers of flavor. Quick rain (finally) in September was bookended by breezy, still warm and sunny weather, keeping harvest on a typical and really quite normal harvest. A very good year. FOOD PAIRING: Any dish incorporating sweet peppers, caramelized onions or roasted Portobello mushrooms, a hearty bacon burger with blue cheese, barbecued shrimp, mild blue cheeses and cheddar cheese. BLEND: 78% Cabernet Sauvingon 8% Malbec 6% Petite Sirah 4% Syrah 4% Merlot AGING: Aged in French and American oak for 15 months TOTAL ACID: 0.58 gms/100ml PH: 3.87 ALCOHOL: 13.9%



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