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Hess Collection 19 Block Cuvee Mt Veeder 2008

Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
  • WS92
  • W&S91
14.6% ABV
  • RP93
  • WE90
  • WW90
  • RP93
  • JS90
  • W&S93
  • TP90
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Winemaker 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 compoteand 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 grilledmeats 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 orBeecher's Flagship Reserve.

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WS 92
Wine Spectator
Fresh, pure and snappy, with vivid blackberry and wild berry, currant, sage and cedar. Well-built, showing firm acidity and just the right amount of tannins.
W&S 91
Wine & Spirits
Grown on the steeps of Hess's Veeder Summit vineyard, rising from 1,300 to 2,000 feet with views of the Pacific, this is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (69 percent) with Malbec, Syrah, Merlot and Petit Verdot. It's foresty and cool with the juiciness of blackberries and strawberries, then it finishes peppery, soft and relatively gentle for a mountain wine. A full-bodied blend for roast lamb.
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The Hess Collection, , California
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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."

Carneros

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Known for elegant wines that combine power and finesse, Carneros is set in the rolling hills that straddle the southernmost parts of both Sonoma and Napa counties. Its close proximity to the San Francisco Peninsula and the San Pablo Bay is instrumental in controlling the climate of the area. The winds from the San Pablo Bay create a cooling effect ideal for producing wines with crisp acidity and balanced flavors.

This cooler pocket of California lends itself to growing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, and more recently, Old-World style Syrah. While more delicate than most wines from neighboring regions, these are firmly structured, complex, and full of flavor. Carneros is also an important source of sparkling wines made in the style of Champagne.

Chardonnay

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One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it’s grown and how it’s made. In Burgundy, Chardonnay produces some of the finest white wines in the world, typically tending towards minimal intervention in the winery and at its best resulting in remarkable longevity. This grape is popular throughout the world, but perhaps its second most important home is in California, where both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines enjoy great popularity. Oregon, Australia, South America, South Africa, and New Zealand are also significant producers of Chardonnay.

In the Glass

When planted on cool sites, Chardonnay’s flavors tend towards grapefruit, green apple, minerals, and white stone fruit, while warmer locations coax out richer, more tropical flavors of fig, melon, and pineapple. Oak can add notes of vanilla, coconut, and spice (as well as texture), while malolactic fermentation can impart soft, buttery acidity.

Perfect Pairings

Chardonnay is as versatile at the table as it is in the vineyard. The crisp, clean, Chablis-like styles go well with simple seafood, light chicken dishes, and salads. Richer Chardonnays marry well with cream or oil-based sauces.

Sommelier Secret

Since the 1990s, big, oaky, buttery Chardonnays from California have enjoyed explosive popularity. More recently, the pendulum has begun to swing in the opposite direction, towards a clean, crisp style that rarely utilizes new oak. These Old-World style wines have been dubbed the “New California Chardonnays,” and anyone who claims they do not like Chardonnay should give them a try.

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