Hess Sra Select Mendocino Usa California 2007
Hess use traditional artisan techniques in making this Cabernet Sauvignon. These include open- and closed-top fermenters and a combination of punch down and sprinkling over for gentle extraction of color, flavor and tannins, without developing harsh phenolics. The resulting wine has black cherry, chocolate and caramel aromas with subtle spice and barrel toast as secondary themes. The palate reinforces cherry and currant and carries ample weight on the mid palate. The tannins are present but ripe and round and lead to a persistent finish. The tannins are smooth and soft, making it perfect to have with full-flavored meats such as slow roasted pork or grilled meats such as steaks, chops, and lamb loin.
The wine itself has some deep ruby color, with only mild opacity toward the center. The nose is quite nice, with a good bit of leather, tobacco and spice surrounding a rich, jammy core of black fruit. The taste belies the fruit in the nose, with only mild hints of ripe cherry and cassis up front, which transitions easily into some lovely spice notes with a bit of mint over the top. The finish was bone dry, though not particularly overpowering, as the tannins were very subdued. In my view, this is a very nice sipping Cabernet. See my full review on my blog here: http://allaloneonaplanetfullofpeople.blogspot.com/2013/04/2007-hess-select-cabernet-sauvignon.html
Full bodied. Smooth finish. A bit dry. It's one of my favorite wines.
Three and a half glasses
External Reviews for Hess Sra Select Mendocino Usa California
Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the August 2010 issue. Its mix of ripe black cherries and herbal seasonings puts this wine on the varietal track, and if the wine is somewhat less than extravagant in scale, it is nicely possessed of a smooth supple entry and a broad base of tannic muscle for heft and ageworthiness towards the back. Try it now with steaks and chops or age it bit.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Drinkable now. Further bottle aging can improve this wine.