100% Cabernet Sauvignon. SRP of $17, but available for as low as $12.
Sample received courtesy The Hess Collection for review purposes.
From the bottle:
“42% Mendocino County – 40% Lake County – 18% Napa County
Hess Select Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced exclusively from family-owned and sustainably-farmed vineyards in the Northern California appellations: Mendocino, Lake and Napa Counties. Our winemaker selected grapes from areas that specialize in Cabernet Sauvignon to create a wine with notable richness, intensity and varietal character. Mendocino County contributes spice and mid-palate, Lake County adds the classic red fruit profile of Bing cherry, while Napa maintains our signature style of a structured wine with black fruit and cassis flavors.
After having previously reviewed the 2009 Hess Select Chardonnay and enjoying it, I was excited to try another Hess Select wine. In fact, I liked the Chardonnay so much that it came in second place inThe Chardonnay Showdown! And once again, Hess Select did not disappoint.
The 2008 Hess Select Cabernet Sauvignon starts with aromas of plum, ripe fruit, black cherry, spice, and a little smoke. The wine tastes of plum and some vanilla with a lot of oak and soft tannins. It has a spicy finish that lingers. This is a great wine to have on hand to pair with red meat, BBQ, and even with a pizza. We found the wine to be a little smoother on day 2 but it may have lost a little spice too.
Overall Rating: 7.0
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