Sustainable and Affordable
While some of the wines in the Hess Collection can top $300 (for a magnum), the Hess Select range is much easier on the wallet. Prices range from $11 to $20. Hess Select wines originate from Hess estate vineyards in Napa Valley as well as partner growers in Lake, Napa and Mendocino counties. We recently uncorked the Hess Select Central Coast 2016 Pinot Noir and North Coast 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon.
The Pinot is aged up to a year in neutral French oak, giving nice structure. This is a juicy bargain at only $20. About 5,000 cases were produced.
The 2015 North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon is 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Petite Sirah, 4% Malbec, 2% Syrah, 2% Merlot and 2% Zinfandel. Aging is for 18 months in 35% new French and American oak.
At $19, we consider this an outstanding value in California Cabernet. Black fruit and cocoa flavor notes blend with ripe cherry and vanilla. It is full bodied with rounded tannins and a satisfying finish.
Don’t have $300 to drop on a magnum? Hess Select wines are a solid and satisfying choice.
Full disclosure: We received this wine as a marketing sample.