Hess Collection Napa Valley Chardonnay 2006
Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
The Hess Collection Chardonnay comes from our estate vineyard near the San Francisco Bay. Its micro-climate creates a perfect environment to grow Chardonnay with its cool mornings and gentle afternoon breezes. Signature proprietary flavors and crisp acidity originate from the vineyard plantings of a unique blend of seven rootstocks and nine hand selected clones of chardonnay. Rich and lush, a palate of pear and vanilla flavors is balanced with nice acidity that evolves through the finish.
The Hess Collection Winery
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." View all The Hess Collection WinesIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
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Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.