Hess Collection November 2008 ‘Rare Reds’ club shipment

by TrevR on November 12, 2008

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Just in time for the holidays, we received word that our November 2008 wine club shipment was in stock at The Hess Collection. Last weekend we made the short and enjoyable trek up Mount Veeder to taste some wine, soak in the views and pick-up our latest shipment.

Here’s a quick rundown of what we received this time around…

Hess Collection 2006 Small Block Series Syrah
Made from fruit grown on Hess’ Mount Veeder vineyards, the ’06 Syrah is made from 100% Syrah fruit and retails for $36 per 750ml bottle. Here’s how the winemaker describes it:

Black licorice and dark chocolate in the nose; blueberry, ripe plum, graham cracker on the palate, with a silky mouthfeel and finish like an espress crema.

Sounds quite solid to us!

Hess Collection November 2008 \'Rare Reds\' club shipment

The second wine included in this shipment was certainly a staff favorite based on the commentary we heard while on-site at the winery.

2006 Artezin Garzini Ranch Carignan from Mendocino County
This wine was made from fruit procured from a two acre vineyard of 60 year-old vines in Ukiah Valley and Mendocino County. A 100% Carignan, the wine retails for $26 per 750ml bottle and the winemaker describes it like this:

Aromas of violets, blackberries and licorice are followed by flavors of black cherries, cassis and gooseberries. Full bodied, with a crisp finish, this wine is meant for consumption and pairs well with hearty fare including cassoulets, red sauce pastas, comfort foods and creamy cheeses.

Similar to the ’06 Small Block Malbec from September, we’ll lay this one down for a while if we can help it.

[techtags: Napa, Napa Valley, wine, winery, Hess Collection, Rare Reds, Mount Veeder, 2006 Artezin Garzini Ranch Carignan, Hess Collection 2006 Small Block Series Syrah]

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