With the new year we decided to change up our wine club status slightly. Last year, as you longtime readers will know, we were part of the Hess Collection’s ‘Rare Reds’ club, which saw us get a bi-monthly shipment of two different red wines. This year, we’ve decided to go with Hess’ ‘Red and White’ Club, which will give us a bi-monthly shipment of one red and one white wine.
This past weekend we headed up Mount Veeder to pick-up our March shipment (an obvious benefit of living here in the valley is not having to worry about shipping costs or damaged wine). While the little one enjoyed running around in the gardens and checking out the “fishies” in the pond out in front of the winery, we headed in to see what was in store for us.
This time around we received two wines from Hess’ Allomi Vineyard, which is made up of some 210 acres situated on the east side of Howell Mountain (ranging between 770 – 950ft. above sea level) in the remote Northeast corner of Napa County. Here’s the rundown on the wines:
Hess Collection 2007 Allomi Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
The ’07 Sauvignon Blanc retails for $18 per 750ml bottle and is made from 100% Sauvignon Blanc fruit. According to the winemaker notes, Hess chose a “clone of Sauvignon Blanc, Musque, for its tropical fruit aromatics and complexity along with Clone 1 for the classic Sauvignon Blanc characteristics of fresh cut grass and brightness to yield a beautiful summer wine of lemon grass, gooseberry and refreshing acidity.” We’ll definitely be saving this one for the Summertime!
Hess Collection 2006 Allomi Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
The ’06 Allomi Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon was just released this month after spending 18 months in 30% new American oak barrels. Here’s how the wine, which retails for $25 per 750ml bottle, is described by winemaker Dave Guffy:
Dark black with red hues, this wine is full-bodied with rich flavors of chocolate covered cherries, ripe plum, cassis and spice. The influence of aging the wine for 18 months in new American oak imparts subtle hints of vanilla and nutmeg that yield to the dominant fruit characteristics, ending with a long, elegant finish.