Sunday, April 3, 2016

The Hess Collection : Mount Veeder Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon : Review

The Hess Collection Mount Veeder Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

It's no secret that I LOVE a good cab and The Hess Collection has quite a few.  The Mount Veeder Napa Valley Cabernet has proven to be a consistently delicious one for me.  I've tried both the 2011 and the 2012 so far and am impressed by both.

Both were an inky dark garnet red in color but the 2011 had hints of purple making it appear more fuscia around the edges of the glass.
Tasting and making notes on the 2011

Both smelled of ripe plum and berries with chocolate and a bit of cedar with a toasted caramel or toasted marshmallow sweetness.  Any differences? Yes. The 2011 had a hint of nutty tobacco smell while the 2012 had a light fragrance of leather with a faint hint of alcohol detectable on the nose.

Both were absolutely delicious.  
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The 2011:  
Very faint alcohol flavor which was balanced out with dark chocolate, ripe plum, rich tannins, a slight acidity, a silky smooth mouth feel, and a very nice finish.

The 2012:
Young.  Had a big start with ripe black fruit, light cocoa, and an interesting mouth feel with rich tannins.  I wrote in my tasting notes that it "roughed up the tongue".  There were notes of tobacco.  A 20-30 minute decant eliminated the alcohol flavor and added a silky finish and mouth feel.  

The Mount Veeder Cabernets from The Hess Collection are very drinkable, pair with a variety of foods, and have found a permanent home in my wine rotation.  I highly recommend them.



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