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Date Printed: 10/23/2014
Hess Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
Hess Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
(search item no. 86449)

PRICE ON 10/23/2014: $19.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2003 vintage started with a very warm March giving the vines a boost at the start of their growing season. This proved invaluable as the summer's weather pattern was cooler than normal. By the end of summer, concern increased again because the grapes were behind in maturity. However, September brought back the beautiful, warm weather that made California famous. The vines responded and by the beginning of October we were harvesting grapes with exceptional flavors.

Bing cherry, allspice, and nutmeg start the aroma presenting a classic Napa style Cabernet Sauvignon. The second layer brings loganberry, red licorice, fennel and toasty oak. The full texture and concentrated flavors of the wine coats your mouth. The finish reminds you of its heritage - Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - where supple yet present tannins will allow this wine to age well over the next five years.

Some of the foods that pair well with this wine are: caramelized shallots and onions,wild mushrooms, braised root vegetables, rich moist fish and grilled meats.

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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."