2019 Hess Select Collection Chardonnay Napa Valley
Winemaker Notes; This 2019 wine has loads of spice with mid-palate classic red fruit profile of Bing cherry, with the Napa fruit adding structure with black fruit and cassis flavors. Flavors of red raspberry, black cherry follow with spicy notes of currants, anise, cloves, cedar and a touch of vanilla. This soft, round, medium-bodied wine tastes like Cabernet should.
This most famous wine features one of the most recognized grape varieties on Earth. It is rivaled in this regard only by its Bordeaux stablemate Merlot, and its opposite number in Burgundy, Pinot Noir. From its origins in Bordeaux, Cabernet has successfully spread to almost every winegrowing country in the world. It is now the key grape variety in many first-rate New World wine regions, most notably Napa Valley, Coonawarra and Maipo Valley. Wherever they come from, Cabernet Sauvignon wines always seem to demonstrate a handful of common character traits: deep color, good tannin structure, moderate acidity and aromas of blackcurrant, tomato leaf, dark spices and cedarwood.
California‘s North Coast AVA is vast, covering more than 3 million acres (1.2 million ha) of land to the north of San Francisco. Its large size should not be taken as an indicator of low quality or a lack of regional identity, however – the area is home to some of the wine world’s most valuable and distinctive real estate. The Napa Valley, Sonoma Valley, Russian River, Stags Leap and Carneros districts – the aristocracy of American wine – are all located here in the North Coast.
The Hess Collection Winery is a California-based producer known for its Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley and its sub-AVAs. The winery is situated in Mount Veeder and was first leased by Donald Hess in 1986 but had history producing wines in the region dating back to the late 19th Century and the first wave of California wine production.