VOLUME 10, ISSUE 3
January 22, 2015
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Kutch Wines: 2013 Vintage Provided Compelling & Transparent Wines Alexana: Prescription for Pinot with Unlimited Refills En Garde: 2012 Pinots Very Promising Black Kite Cellars: Outstanding Pinot Noir in 2012 Dolin Estate: New Central Coast Pinots Offer Exceptional Value MacRostie Winery & Vineyards: Evolving to Embrace Quality Birichino: A Mischievous Pair Craft Unique Wines at Right Price Domaine de la Côte: Whole Cluster Goodness Skewis Wines: Pinot from Vineyards with a Pedigree DANCIN Vineyards: Rogue Valley Wines of Distinction Waxwing: Engaging Pinot from an Urban Winery MacPhail Proudly Releases First Estate Pinot Noir Sips of Recently Tasted Pinot Noir Sips of Recently Tasted White Wines Pinot Briefs
The Hess Collection in Napa Valley is one of the Hess Family Estates that include Pinot Noir producers MacPhail and Sequana. Hess Collection was founded by Donald Hess in the 1980s on the volcanic slopes of Mount Veeder. The winery produces three tiers of wines and is known for its Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. A Pinot Noir program is recent and is based on sourcing grapes from other appellations in the Central Coast.
The winemaker is Dave Guffy, who years ago crafted the Julia's Vineyard Pinot Noir at Cambria Vineyards.
The value-priced Pinot Noir is in wide retail distribution.
Articles About Hess Collection
2010 Hess Select Central Coast Pinot Noir
14.1% alc., pH 3.54, TA 0.59, 5,700 cases, $20. This wine has just been introduced by long time Hess winemaker Dave Guffy who crafted the Cambria Julia’s Vineyard Pinot Noir years ago. Aged in used French oak barrels. · Moderately light ruby color in the glass. Reserved aromas of cherries, bramble and seasoned wood. Very little fruit shows up on the nose, even with extensive coaxing. Demurely fruited with flavors of cherries, blueberries and strawberries, finishing with a kiss of red cherry. Elegant with gossamer tannins. Nothing really stands out but the wine is true to its Pinot Noir origin. Decent. Reviewed January 19, 2013 ARTICLE »
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