Dave Guffy, the winemaker for the Hess Collection has been winemaker at Hess Collection for over ten years. He has become known as a farmer’s farmer, whose eyes light up as he talks about strolling through the vineyards and in the dirt [terrior] is where his heart lies.
He’s in charge of the vast of amount of re-investment dollars which Hess spends on vineyard development and replanting older vines that aren’t producing much anymore. Some people say this might be age discrimination, even me, since wines made from older vines taste more concentrated and elegant. But a big corporation can’t afford to keep vines which are no longer producing at maximum quantity/maximum [this is a crying shame] quality level. Keeping older vine unfortnately is just not commercially viable.
However, their Allomi Vineyard, the sustainably-farmed piece of land where this fantastic Cabernet Sauvignon is birthed, is a 210 acre plot at the base of Howell Mountain in Napa that enjoys a long, warm growing season. As I imbibe on this wine I can almost taste the warm summer sun on the grape skins in this gorgeous wine.
Reviewed Wine: I would recommend the Hess Collection Cabernet, Allomi Vineyard 2007, as a great wine for a majority of pairing situations or just to simply quaff on its own. I have tried more than a few of their vintages over the years and this wine delivers consistently. Price and ABV: The Alcohol on the bottle indicates 14.5% but could swing a full 1% more and still meet the labeling requirements. That said, this wine is refined elegance for a paupers price, considering the SRP is a mere $24.00. Check with your local place who may sell it for less.
Composition: Okay so you may be wondering what's in the blend, here you go 86% Cabernet Sauvignon 11% Petite Sirah 3% Petit Verdot
Treatment: 18 Months 30% New American Oak
Tasting notes: In the glass color showed dark cherry and crimson. On the palate the gentle spice in the nose and front palate followed by a long tri-berry cobbler mouth feel with good acidity and a nice structure. With persistent and enjoying finish. A very food friendly wine, which is immediately approachable after uncorking and there's no need to decant.
Pairing Suggestion: I'm thinking BBQ roasted chicken, grilled pork, caramelized onions, Baby Back Ribs, sautéed greens, roasted vegetables and aged Jack or a aged Gouda will enhance the fruit flavors in this wine.
Cuvée Corner Wine Blog Score: Hey point seekers here's my score if your interested: I scored this wine 89 Pt's on Cuvee Corner 100 pt tasting scale. Then taking into account this wines QPR score it boost this wines overall score to 92 points.
Where to buy: You can find this wine at your local Beverages & More for about $25 and if you shop around a little more you can find it for about $19.
My Recommendation: This is a great wine for everyday, it deliver so much on the palate without breaking the bank. Until next time cheers everyone.
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About the Hess Collection: “The Hess Collection vineyards represent the diverse growing conditions seen in the Napa Valley. We grow grapes in both cool climates and hot. Our sites are gently sloped along the bay to steep in the mountains. History has taught us what is best for our vines, and we learn how to better tend to our vineyards with each passing vintage. This has allowed us to develop site specific viticulture programs for each of our ranches. Success lies in farming to allow each block to reach its potential. Get that right and you have something very special on your hands each harvest.” – Sander Scheer, Viticulturist
About Sustainability: The Hess Collection is among the first seventeen wineries to be certified through the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA) by third party verification. Established by the Wine Institute and California Association of Winegrape Growers, CSWA requires adherence to a “process of continuous improvement” in the adaptation and implementation of sustainable winegrowing practices. The goals of the new certification program are to enhance transparency, advance the entire California wine industry towards best practices in environmental stewardship, conservation of natural resources and socially equitable business practices.
Hess Allomi Vineyard: The site is named in honor of the original Spanish land grant to which the native Patwin people lent their name—Rancho Locoallomia. This area ...