Well, it’s been one of those days–you blink and the sun has set and you’re head is still spinning. Here are a couple random items of interest related to the Napa Valley.
Hess’ $6 XS Red 2005 California Cabernet Sauvignon
A couple weeks back while out doing some Christmas shopping, we happened upon a relatively new offering from the The Hess Group, which operates one of our favorite wineries here in the valley–The Hess Collection up on beautiful Mount Veeder. It seems as though the 2005 vintage produced a lot of Cabernet Sauvignon, some excess as it were, which Hess has turned into its $6 XS Red 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon. Never one to pass up trying something new, we bought a bottle and gave it a shot with our homemade pizza. At 13.5% alcohol, the wine was soft on the nose and very fruit forward on the palate. We got hints of plum, blackberry and bell pepper and found it to have a somewhat disappointing finish. All told though, for six bucks you can’t really go wrong with the XS Red for any everyday table wine type-deal.
Speaking of $6 wines…
In a press release issued today, St. Helena’s Beringer Vineyards formally launched its 2006 California Collection Chardonnay. From the announcement: “Priced at $6 suggested retail, it is a fruit-forward, easy-drinking wine that will be a part of the California Collection tier, which includes America’s #1 top-selling White Zinfandel, domestic Pinot Grigio, White Merlot, and Chenin Blanc…”
Further details are available here.