Classic red Cabernet fruit joins a touch of blackberry and currant, with moderate but well integrated tannins and a soft, round mouthfeel.
Lifted floral aromas with hints of cherry offset by vanilla and sandalwood. Black pepper spice lingers. Classic red Cabernet fruit joins a touch of blackberry and currant, with moderate but well integrated tannins and a soft, round mouthfeel. Recognizable accents from aging in American Oak bring a pleasant oak spice to the finish.
That 2011 was unusual is an understatement. Challenging, perhaps. Limiting? Only in a sense. The growing season was ushered in with consistent rains that fell through the Winter months deep into Spring and on into June. Cool weather led to a late harvest, welcomed by unexpected Fall rains. In the end, it’s a “winemaker’s vintage” where the skills and experience gained over many seasons of farming are put to the test. While yields were lower, and the resulting wines trend toward lower alcohol and deft tannins, the vintage offers fruit that in the right hands, such as those among the winemaking and vineyard teams here at The Hess Collection, results in wines with admirable structure and balance. Elegant and age-worthy, it is a vintage to remember for both difficulties and ultimate success.
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