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Date Printed: 9/21/2014
Hess Collection Napa Valley Chardonnay 2010
Hess Collection Napa Valley Chardonnay 2010
(search item no. 118355)
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PRICE ON 9/21/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Subtle notes of vanilla bean and brioche complement distinctive citrus aromas such as Clementine tangerine and lemon zest. Fermenting in stainless, as well as barrels, brings focus to the bright fruit characters of white nectarine, pear and green apple. Aging in mostly neutral French Oak for nine months allows the fruit to remain on display, just as we taste it in the vineyard. Less than one-fifth of the wine is aged in new French Oak to add mouthfeel. A small portion of the wine is allowed to complete malolactic fermentation resulting in a crisp, fresh taste with a solid acid backbone.

Fresh citrus flavors in this wine pair well with poached or grilled seafood, shrimp or crab with spicy aioli, baby greens tossed in citrus honey vinaigrette, avocados, fruit salsa, shaved fennel, tangerines and triple crème cheeses.

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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."