HESS Select Chardonnay 2016

100% Chardonnay

AWARDS

87 Points - Robert Parker Wine Advocate October 2017

VINEYARD

Monterey’s cooling fog and Pacific coastal breezes, drawn across the Gabilan Mountains into the Salinas Valley, create an ideal climate for growing Chardonnay, yielding wines with tantalizing tropical notes and crisp acidity. Moderate temperatures lengthen the growing season, allowing fruit to evolve with layers of distinct Central Coast flavors. This wine comes from our 352-acre Shirtail Creek estate vineyard in Monterey.

WINEMAKING

7 5 % stainless steel, 25% new French oak

TASTING NOTES

“One of the things I enjoy when I’m visiting with wine drinkers at festivals all around the country is the obvious pleasure people have when they tell me ‘I really love the green label chardonnay, it’s our house white’. That means my mission is clear: don’t screw up a good thing. Happily, this wine makes keeping people happy very easy. Monterey’s combination of moderate climate and marine influences from the Pacific Ocean keep the grapes on an even keel, able to develop fully ripe flavors that tend to show some lemon and lime zest, a touch of ripe apple and tropical aromas and
flavors. We call it crisp and clean, with well balanced acids. You might just call it, well, your fave. I won’t object, and in fact, I might just cheer.” Dave Guffy - Winemaker.

 

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Region: Monterey, California
Alcohol: 13.8%

Residual Sugar: 2.0 g/100ml

Acidity: 6.50 g/l
pH: 3.74

RSD 1,990

HESS Select Zinfandel 2016

85% Zinfandel, 13% Petite Sirah, 2% Carignan

AWARDS

Silver Medal - Mundus Vini 2016 (for 2013 Vintage)

VINEYARD

Mendocino’s Mediterranean climate produces warmer days providing optimal ripening conditions. Cool evenings extend the growing season, helping Zinfandel retain balanced acidity and good structure.

WINEMAKING

Aged in French oak for 12 months.

TASTING NOTES

“Ruby red in color this wine has indigo blue and violet hues. Concentrated aromas of pomegranate and boysenberry are enhanced by richer notes of cassis and black pepper. This wine offers a plush, well-rounded mouthfeel with the flavor profile led by raspberry and currants. These delicious fruit notes are complemented by cinnamon, baking spice and fine grain tannins imparted by hints of toasty French oak.”  – Dave Guffy, Director of Winemaking

 

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Region: Mendocino, California
Alcohol: 14.5%

Residual Sugar: 0.3 g/100 ml
Acidity: 6.10 g/l
pH: 3.78

RSD 2,220

HESS Select TREO 2016

36% Petite Sirah, 28% Syrah, 18% Zinfandel, 9% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon

AWARDS

94 Points - California Wine Competition (for 2012 vintage)

91 Points - Decanter Magazine (for 2011 vintage)

86 Points - Robert Parker Wine Advocate (for 2014 vintage)

VINEYARD

Treo honors the next generation of the Hess family guiding The Hess Collection. Founder Donald Hess, joined by son-inlaws Timothy Persson and Christoph Ehrbar, form a trio building on the values and vision of the past while leading the way to a bright and innovative future. From our historic home on Mount Veeder, the skill of our winemakers is seen each vintage in this artful blend of several classic red varietals.

WINEMAKING

Aged in 35% new French oak for 18 months

TASTING NOTES

“The art of blending is part of the winemaker's craft, an exercise that often proves the sum of the parts is a delicious outcome. Each year we select flavorful lots with a style in mind for our Treo blend. This year Petite Syrah made up the backbone, supported by a mix of Syrah, Zinfandel and Merlot with a touch of Cabernet Sauvignon. The result is a wine that is rich and full of flavor. The aromas call to mind a delicious barbeque with tamarind and sweet boysenberry lifting from the glass. On the mouth, bold, juicy red fruits lead to plush tannins and hints of grilled meats on the long, pleasant finish. The tannins are softer and easy drinking - we craft this blend to ensure the wine is accessible when you decide to open the bottle. Maybe that’s why it’s become so popular. Enjoy!” – Dave Guffy, Director of Winemaking

 

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Region: California
Alcohol: 14.5%
Acidity: 6.20 g/l
pH: 3.57

RSD 2,220

The Hess Collection - Napa Valley Chardonnay 2016

Chardonnay monocépage

AWARDS

90 Points - Wine Enthusiast (for 2016 Vintage)

90 Points - Wine Enthusiast (for 2015 Vintage)

89 Points - Wine Advocate (for 2015 Vintage)

 

VINEYARD

The San Pablo Bay brings morning fog and gentle breezes to our Su’skol Estate Vineyard in the Napa Valley, located in one of the coolest growing regions within Napa. We named our vineyard “Su’skol” after the native Su’skol people who used the area as a meeting place and valued the nearby sources of fish and game. This vineyard is the site of an ancient seabed, with shallow, sandy soils perfect for nurturing Chardonnay grapes. The 175-acre vineyard is planted exclusively to Chardonnay with nine unique clones, giving our winemaker Dave Guffy a veritable spice rack to choose from to add layers of complex flavors to the wine.

 

WINEMAKING

9 months in French oak, 19% new

 

TASTING NOTES

“We take care in farming the Su’skol vineyard in order to develop fruit with bright acidity and balance, and to showcase the impact of the moderate temperatures influenced by nearby San Pablo Bay. We choose to focus on the aromatic and delicate musqué clone, which requires a light touch with both oak and malolactic fermentation. To highlight this beautiful clonal material, we put 70% of the blend through stainless fermentation to retain fresh flavors of pear and nectarines, and preserve the wine’s natural acidity. So as not to overwhelm the blend, the remaining 30% sees just a light touch of oak–19% new (French) oak–and only 30% of the overall blend is allowed to undergo secondary fermentation. Aged for 9 months in barrels and lees stirred weekly for 4 months, results in a textured and viscous wine that offers aromas of jasmine and honeysuckle, complemented by stone fruit flavors enveloped in smooth, creamy notes of vanilla and lemon merangue.” – Dave Guffy, Director of Winemaking

 

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Alcohol: 14.2%
Acidity: 6.10 g/l
pH: 3.75

Region: Napa, California

RSD 3,360

The Hess Collection - Napa Valley Allomi Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

85% Cabernet Sauvignon 7% Petite Sirah 4% Malbec 2% Petite Verdot 2% Merlot

AWARDS

95 Points Double Gold Medal - San Francisco Intl. Wine Competition (for 2016 Vintage)

92 Points - Wine Enthusiast (for 2016 Vintage)

91 Points - James Suckling (for 2016 Vintage)

90 Points - Wine Spectator June '19 issue (for 2016 Vintage)

 

VINEYARD

Allomi Vineyard is located in the gently rolling hills of northeastern Napa Valley and serves as the inspiration for this wine. Here, the combination of a typically long, warm growing season and well-drained soils creates optimal ripening conditions for Cabernet Sauvignon. The 210-acre vineyard is focused into 35 unique growing blocks with six different Cabernet clones that add diversity of flavors and complexity to this wine. In each vintage, our winemakers and viticulturists evaluate each block and select only the finest components for the final cuvée.

 

WINEMAKING

27% New American oak for 18 months

 

TASTING NOTES

“Our Allomi Vineyard enjoys a bit of heat, which is just the thing for Cabernet Sauvignon. While Pope Valley is less well known than some other Napa AVAs, the combination of steady heat and well-drained clay loam soils allows fruit to ripen evenly, gaining welcomed complexity and layers of flavor. We consistently see beautiful yields from the Allomi Vineyard, and 2016 was no different. On the nose, this wine delivers intriguing vegetal aromas with hints of mushroom and forest floor. On the palate, Allomi Cabernet is known to deliver moderate, well-integrated tannins and a round, plush mouthfeel making it one of our most popular Napa offerings. A wonderful brightness of raspberry and red plum delight the mid-palate, and these flavors are supported by a subtle oak spice that adds to the personality of the wine.” – Dave Guffy, Director of Winemaking

 

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Alcohol: 14.8%
Acidity: 6.20 g/l
pH: 3.81

Region: Napa, California

RSD 4,560

The Hess Collection - Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Malbec, 3% Petite Verdot

AWARDS

Gold Medal - TEXSOM Intl Wine Awards 2017 (for 2013 Vintage)

94 Points - Robert Parker Wine Advocate (for 2013 Vintage)

92 Points - Wine Enthusiast (for 2013 Vintage)

Double Gold Medal - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (for 2013 Vintage)

 

VINEYARD

Our signature Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon comes from our estate Veeder Hills Vineyard. The elevation of this vineyard ranges from 600-1,120 feet, and its steep slopes and sedimentary clay and shale soils restrict root growth, resulting in Mount Veeder’s hallmark small berries with intense fruit flavors. True to its appellation, this wine possesses dark concentrated fruit flavors and robust tannins

 

WINEMAKING

Aged in 80% New French oak barrels for 22 months

 

TASTING NOTES

“Our estate grown Cabernet is the flagship of The Hess Collection – grown on the original vineyards first acquired by Donald Hess in the late 70s, this is one of my favorite wines to grow and make. The 2014 vintage is vibrant with big blackberry fruit notes and sweet pleasing tannins – a surprise coming from Mount Veeder. Tannins on Mount Veeder need the most attention to ensure we craft a wine that is approachable and round, and this vintage delivers on all fronts. I love the mouth filling notes of espresso and cassis that layer around a very precise black fruit core. This is a wine that can age and age but if you are like me and you like your wines young, I promise you won’t be disappointed.” – Dave Guffy, Senior Vice President of Winemaking and Viticulture

 

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Alcohol: 14.8%
Acidity: 6.20 g/l
pH: 3.65

Region: Mt. Veeder, Napa, California

RSD 7,800

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