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Hess’ $6 XS Red 2005 Cabernet, Beringer’s new $6 Chardonnay

by TrevR on December 19, 2007

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
XS Red 2005 Cabernet SauvignonA 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.

[techtags: Napa, Napa Valley, wine, winery, Beringer Vineyards, Beringer California Chardonnay, Hess, XS Red 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon]

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has written 716 posts on The Cork Board. He was born and aged in the Napa Valley and has a passion for wine, writing and social media, which led him to co-found this blog in early 2007. Follow him on Twitter @TrevR.

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  • http://www.jasonswineblog.com/ Jason

    I quite enjoyed the XS Red as well. Trader Joe’s picked it up out here in CA and is selling it at $4 a bottle. Can’t go wrong with that!

  • http://www.jasonswineblog.com Jason

    I quite enjoyed the XS Red as well. Trader Joe’s picked it up out here in CA and is selling it at $4 a bottle. Can’t go wrong with that!

  • http://www.uncork29.com/ TrevR

    Jason–you’re right, we just picked up two bottles from the Napa TJ’s for $3.99 each this week. For that price, you absolutely cannot go wrong. Another good option, we picked up two bottles of the ’05 Skrew Kappa Napa Cabernet Sauvignon for $9.99 each tonight at our local Safeway–check it out.

  • http://www.uncork29.com TrevR

    Jason–you’re right, we just picked up two bottles from the Napa TJ’s for $3.99 each this week. For that price, you absolutely cannot go wrong. Another good option, we picked up two bottles of the ’05 Skrew Kappa Napa Cabernet Sauvignon for $9.99 each tonight at our local Safeway–check it out.

  • http://www.facebook.com/matt20102 Matthew Chudy

    I picked up two bottles from World Market some time back (at least 18 months…), mostly for the intention of filling the wine rack. I was pleasantly surprised with the first glass I poured; it was pleasant, fruity, only slightly tannic, and with a short finish that I would bemoan on a better bottle but, for a workday evening aperitif, found to be quite desirable. For the $4 I paid, very recommended. This wine would probably be well-priced at about $12 / bottle., but don't tell the vintner…

  • http://www.facebook.com/matt20102 Matthew Chudy

    I picked up two bottles from World Market some time back (at least 18 months…), mostly for the intention of filling the wine rack. I was pleasantly surprised with the first glass I poured; it was pleasant, fruity, only slightly tannic, and with a short finish that I would bemoan on a better bottle but, for a workday evening aperitif, found to be quite desirable. For the $4 I paid, very recommended. This wine would probably be well-priced at about $12 / bottle., but don't tell the vintner…

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