Here’s an outstanding Napa Cab, notable not just for its lush black currant and mocha flavors, but the outstanding tannic structure. Firm as two-by-fours, yet soft as velvet, the tannins lend this wine a great internal architecture. Drink now through 2010.
Tough and tannic now, and not yielding much, this 96% Cabernet Sauvignon was grown in Mayacamas Mountains vineyards. Yet there’s a tremendous core of cherry and blackberry fruit, and a rich spine of acidity to hold the wine for aging. Designed for 10 years in the cellar.
A very fine wine, basically a Bordeaux blend except with a splash of Syrah, which adds a meat and violet flower note to the ripe, powerful black currants. New oak shows up in the smoky, cedary overlay. It’s a tannicly dry wine, in the way of Napa mountain Cabs, but so balanced and refined, you can drink it now. Should develop through 2012.
Ripe and forward in the modern cult style, with flavors of blackberry tart, black currants, milk chocolate and ripe mulberry, in addition to sweet, smoky oak. Sturdy mountain tannins provide structural bite, and should help the wine mature beyond 2011.
Production was 10,000 cases, amazing when you consider how good this mountain wine is. Immediately drinkable for the soft purity of the tannins and complex cassis, chocolate and oak flavors, it has the sturdy structure to develop for some years, but is best now for its elegant purity. Hess is on a real Cabernet roll, and is one of Napa’s overlooked stars.
Always an underestimated wine, this 2007 from Hess Collection is a beautiful Cabernet. It’s dry and balanced, and the blackberry and currant flavors have a pleasing earthiness. That old cliché, “food friendly,” definitely applies. Drink it now and over the next six years.
Excellent depth of color. Nose of dark-berry fruit. More dark berries on the palate and a touch of tobacco and coffee, too, with mouth-coating tannins. Full and elegant, promises much future pleasure. Needs 3 to 5 years (at least!), or decant 1 to 2 hours before serving. Cellar Selection.
This is a very opulent Chardonnay, the kind fans of the variety will like for its array of orange, pineapple, vanilla cream, buttered toast and spice flavors. The honeyed finish is especially long and rich.