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Losing our (wine club) virginity

by TrevR on February 19, 2008

Believe it or not, despite the fact that we were born and raised in the Napa Valley, we’ve never once been a part of any of the local wine clubs. Or any wine club for that matter. Until now.

Due to an amazing Valentine’s Day gift from the Mrs., I’ll now be receiving two ‘rare reds’ six time per year from The Hess Collection. Along with the wines, we also get the usual wine club benefits–discounts on wine purchases, free tours and tastings, invitations to special events, etc.

On Friday, we went to the winery and picked up the January shipment for those in the ‘Rare Reds’ wine club, which consisted of a 2004 Allomi Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon and a 2005 Small Block Series Syrah.

Hess Collection January 2008 ‘Rare Reds’ wine club shipment

The Hess Collection 2004 Allomi Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, which retails for $25 per 750 ml bottle, is a blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot, 3% Merlot, and 3% Malbec and it was aged for 18 months in 40% new French oak. Full details here.

There are few details, at least that we could find, online about the 2005 Small Block Series Syrah, but we were told by more than one of the staffers on site (for what it’s worth) that they thoroughly enjoy it. At 15.5% alcohol by volume, the ’05 Syrah is Napa Valley estate grown and according to the winemaker notes on the back of the bottle “…showcases Napa vineyards from valley floor to mountaintop. Wonderful spices and concentrated blueberry aromas are delivered with rich texture on the palate.” All told, there were just 348 cases produced.

When we pop open these bottles for a taste, we’ll be sure to write-up our review and share it with you all. In the meantime, if you’ve had either of these wines, drop us a line and let us know what you thought.

Also, are you in a wine club? If so, which one and why did you decide to join?

[techtags: Napa, Napa Valley, wine, winery, Hess, Hess Collection, Hess wine club, Hess Collection 2004 Allomi Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Hess Collection 2005 Small Block Series Syrah]

About the Author

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.

  • http://wannabewino.blogspot.com/ Sonadora

    Too many to count! Well, I guess not anymore, but that used to be the case…We soared to a height of about 17 clubs, and have it down to a few less now. We are still members of:

    Mauritson
    Quivira
    Michel Schlumberger
    Twisted Oak
    De la Montanya
    Alderbrook
    Nelson Family Vineyards
    WineQ

    Small(er) batch producers from CA are hard to come by on the shelves here in VA, so we joined because we can’t get the wines out here very easily. We went a little overboard and had to seriously cut back when we realized how much we were spending (and how much wine was rapidly and alarmingly accumulating in our old apartment)….I managed to cut it down to the ones we were really enjoying and got the most benefit from. Though I think I’d like to add Bella back to the list, it got cut in a final, hard to make choice.

  • http://wannabewino.blogspot.com Sonadora

    Too many to count! Well, I guess not anymore, but that used to be the case…We soared to a height of about 17 clubs, and have it down to a few less now. We are still members of:

    Mauritson
    Quivira
    Michel Schlumberger
    Twisted Oak
    De la Montanya
    Alderbrook
    Nelson Family Vineyards
    WineQ

    Small(er) batch producers from CA are hard to come by on the shelves here in VA, so we joined because we can’t get the wines out here very easily. We went a little overboard and had to seriously cut back when we realized how much we were spending (and how much wine was rapidly and alarmingly accumulating in our old apartment)….I managed to cut it down to the ones we were really enjoying and got the most benefit from. Though I think I’d like to add Bella back to the list, it got cut in a final, hard to make choice.

  • http://www.uncork29.com/ TrevR

    Sonadora–17 is truly impressive. We’re in awe. Glad to hear you’ve got it down to a more manageable level–so how often do you get to enjoy the ‘other’ benefits of one of the clubs (aside from the wine shipments)?

  • http://www.uncork29.com TrevR

    Sonadora–17 is truly impressive. We’re in awe. Glad to hear you’ve got it down to a more manageable level–so how often do you get to enjoy the ‘other’ benefits of one of the clubs (aside from the wine shipments)?

  • http://wannabewino.blogspot.com/ Sonadora

    Hey TrevR-

    Sadly, not too often. I do order more wine at the discount from the clubs, but since we are so far away it’s hard to really attend any events. We went out to Sonoma last year and got to attend a blending party, so that was fun, and we are headed out that way again this year, though I have yet to see if anything will be happening while we are there!

  • http://wannabewino.blogspot.com Sonadora

    Hey TrevR-

    Sadly, not too often. I do order more wine at the discount from the clubs, but since we are so far away it’s hard to really attend any events. We went out to Sonoma last year and got to attend a blending party, so that was fun, and we are headed out that way again this year, though I have yet to see if anything will be happening while we are there!

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