I’ve been quite eager to try the Hess Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2009. In addition to appealing to my wallet, I was under the impression that this could be a fantastic Cab. Hess wines have made a name for themselves in being approachable, early drinking and affordable. I appreciate that they are still a family owned winery, and that they practice sustainable farming. The label was mostly unembellished, with the exception of a gold lion, which conferred a stately impression.
Intended to be enjoyed young, deep dark garnet in colour, subtle [but not faint] earthy, smoky aromas mulled around in the glass. The medium body was composed of blackberry and cherry flavours. Smooth granite stone notes added an aspect of restraint to each sip. The medium length finish lingered with smooth tannins and elements of oak and toast. Harmonious, smooth and reserved, this is a bottle to curl up with a mystery novel or travel magazine.
84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Syrah, 5% Petite Sirah, 5% Merlot
Vinted and Bottled by Hess Select
Enjoy now thru 2014