2012 Hess Collection Cabernet Sauvignon "Small Block Reserve"
Winery: Hess Collection
Wine Name/Vineyard: "Small Block Reserve"
Wine Category: Cabernet Sauvignon
Grape blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Region: Napa Valley
State or country: CA
Cases produced: unknown
KWG Score: 90.5 (based on 2 reviews)
Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (91)
Review date: February 12, 2016
Wine Review: This very dark purple colored Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa is a Big Boy. It opens with a black currant and blackberry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, slightly acidic and juicy. The flavor profile is a rich black currant and ripe blackberry blend with hints of minerality and mild oak. I also detected hints boysenberry in the background as well. The finish is very dry and its bold dusty tannins are very sticky and build up well after the wine is gone. This Cabernet will benefit from patience and time. It is a prime candidate to jump to the next level in 3-5 years. If you can’t wait, decant it and serve it with a well marbled ribeye. Enjoy - Ken
Winemaker Notes: The distinctive mid-Valley flavor profile is deftly balanced by the distinct fruit of Napa's eastern benchlands in this wine offering robust flavors and intense aromas. Hints of black currants, blackberry and black cherry are balanced with notes of cocoa, oak spice and cedar with finely grained tannins leading to a long, lingering finish. Our Cabernet offers another view of Napa Valley, one that can be opened and enjoyed upon release, or laid down to cellar for another decade. - Dave Guffy, Director of Winemaking
Organic status: not organic
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