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2008 Hess Collection Cabernet Sauvignon "Mount Veeder"

Hess Collection 2008 Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon

Winery: Hess Collection

Vintage: 2008

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Mount Veeder"

Wine Category: Cabernet Sauvignon

Grape blend: 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec & 8% Merlot

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Mount Veeder

State or country: CA

Price: $48

Cases produced: 5,907

KWG Score: 90.2 (based on 4 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (92)

Review date: September 26, 2012

Wine Review: This opaque and pitch black colored Cabernet opens with a black currant bouquet with hints of black licorice. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, and rich. The flavor profile is an extracted black currant with notes of minerality throughout. I also attached some old oak, plum, and black olive. The finish is dry and its moderate dusty tannins display some good length. This Cab is pretty approachable for a 2008. It will appeal to both New World and Old World fans. I would pair this tasty Cab with a ribeye steak over the next couple of years. Enjoy – Ken

Winemaker Notes: A frost in 2008 damaged fruit in many parts of Napa Valley - we only harvested about half the tons expected from Mount Veeder. Consequently, the case production is significantly lower than previous vintages. Even with this decreased inventory we maintained our strict evaluation of individual barrel lots/ vineyard blocks in order to cull out any gallons that did not merit inclusion in the final bottling blend. Aromas of toffee and wild mountain blackberries fill the glass, while the rich mid-palate of boysenberry coulis parlays into a long, silky finish.

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