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Date Printed: 8/22/2014
Hess 19 Block Cuvee Mt Veeder 2005
Hess 19 Block Cuvee Mt Veeder 2005
(search item no. 94252)
Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
The Wine News rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 8/22/2014: $38.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2010 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Blend: 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Syrah, 9% Malbec, 5% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot

The aroma first expresses sage and black licorice combined with cherry and milk chocolate, followed by complex notes of cedar and pepper. The palate is concentrated and shows some of its mountain Cabernet backbone with generous tannins. Cherry flavors resonate through the mid palate leading to a firm finish.

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About The Hess Collection:

The Hess Collection was founded by Swiss entrepreneur Donald Hess, who first purchased vineyards on Mount Veeder in 1978 and began making wine under The Hess Collection label in 1983. In 1986, he began renovation of the historic winery, originally constructed in 1903 by Colonel Theodore Gier. The winery opened to the public in 1989. The Hess Collection has vineyards on Mount Veeder, along with their Napa Valley estate vineyards - Su'skol and Allomi in Napa Valley, and Shirtail Creek Vineyard in Monterey. Each of these vineyards is sustainably farmed in accordance with Donald's philosophy: "Nurture the land, return what you take."