For the past several years Hess has been replanting some historic blocks here on Mount Veeder, and the figurative and literal fruits of their labors are beginning to elevate the quality of the wines from their mountain home. It’s honestly, simply, exciting. A touch more Malbec this vintage sets the stage for a classic mountain Cabernet led by aromas of wild mountain raspberry and Bing cherry. Malbec trends toward blue fruit and nothing is quite so luscious as blueberries framed by hints of vanilla, cassis, creamy milk chocolate caramel and oak spice. They watch their Cabernet age in the old barrel chai visitors first see as they walk toward the winery, and the nearly two-year wait in barrel is proving once again to be well worth it.
High in color, tannin and extract, Cabernet Sauvignon expresses notes of blackberry, cassis, plum, currant, spice and tobacco. Cabernet Sauvignon is right at home with rich, intense meat dishes—beef, lamb and venison, in particular—where its opulent fruit and decisive tannins make an equal match to the dense protein of the meat. With a mature Cabernet, opt for tender, slow-cooked meat dishes.
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