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Date Printed: 8/28/2014
Hess 19 Block Cuvee Mt Veeder 2008
Hess 19 Block Cuvee Mt Veeder 2008
(search item no. 113370)
Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 8/28/2014: $32.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2010 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2008 19 Block Cuvée is Cabernet Sauvignon-based, layered with Malbec, Merlot and Syrah to produce a wine with pronounced fruit characteristics. Aromas of black cherry compote and ripe plum are accentuated with hints of vanilla and cardamom. A silky mouthfeel of cassis and milk chocolate leads into an immensely satisfying and lengthy finish.

The layers of flavor in this wine pair well with complex foods, including braised or grilled meats like lamb, pork or duck; spring or sweet onions; earthy flavors such as mushrooms, eggplant and fennel; harder cheeses with salt crystals such as Bravo Farms Silver Mountain or Beecher's Flagship Reserve.

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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."