Cabernet Sauvignon, 2016 Hess Shirtail

Cabernet Sauvignon, 2016 Hess Shirtail

Item #: C0119R2DC
Vintage: 2016
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyard/Appellation: North Coast, California
Color: Medium Magenta
Nose: Violets, Sweet Cherry
Palate: Rich Berry, Spice
Finish: Long, Extracted
Rating: 97
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2025/Red Meat, Game/13.5% Alcohol by Volume

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If I had to pick one word to describe the Hess Winery in Napa Valley, it would have to be historic. The building that houses the winery was built in 1900. The vineyards had been planted a few years before that - in the late 1800s. That's early for California winemaking!

The winery building (now a historical monument) was sold to the Christian Brothers in 1930 and became the headquarters for Brother Timothy, one of the most renowned winemakers in the state. Little did they know then that the hallowed ground on which they planted grapes would later be called Mount Veeder, one of the most revered appellations in Napa.

For over 50 years, Brother Timothy and his "band of Brothers" dazzled the wine trade with their outstanding wines. When Timothy retired in 1986, the building retired as well. It was sold to Donald Hess, a Swiss industrialist with international holdings and one of the most renowned art collections in the world. The winery was called The Hess Collection in deference to Donald's extensive art treasures.

Of course, it was the wine that made it famous. And it was Cabernet Sauvignon that led the charge. Out of the gate, Hess Cabernet was considered one of the best in Napa and our selection is no exception.

This beauty hails from the North Coast, still one of the best kept secrets in wine. Clean, penetrating and classic flavors of spice and berry abound, and the finish goes on forever.

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