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.
Most people don't associate Hess with expensive, first rate wines, but this is one of the better young California's I have had. It has beautiful dark fruit at the onset, but is by no means a "fruit bomb". It then unveils some terrific yet subtle tannins and has a long finish. That is the extent of my memory of it but I truly enjoyed this wine. I did not decant it, but it developed in the glass so maybe decanting for 15 minutes would start you off on the right foot. Enjoy!