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Hess Collection Cabernet Sauvignon

Hess Collection Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Details

Description: The 2001 vintage is a year for collectors. The growing season was nearly perfect, starting out with warm spring conditions that allowed the vines to express themselves with good growth. The summer weather was also warm but rarely hot, allowing steady ripening as harvest approached. The fruit ripening did not stall as sometimes can happen with cooler weather and we finished our picking by October 30th- a full two weeks earlier than some years. The aroma is concentrated and starts out with ripe fruit expressions of cassis and black cherry. Classic varietal characters of earth, cedar, and spice bring complexity. The palate adds flavors of blackberry and dark chocolate richly framed with ripe mountain tannins. The structure of this wine suggests improvement over the next ten to fifteen years.

Varietal Definition
Cabernet Sauvignon:
Cabernet Sauvignon is the most widely planted and significant among the five dominant varieties in France’s Bordeaux region, as well as the most successful red wine produced in California. Though it was thought to be an ancient variety, recent genetic studies at U.C. Davis have determined that Cabernet Sauvignon is actually the hybrid offspring of Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc. Cabernet Sauvignon berries are small with black, thick and very tough skin. This toughness makes the grapes fairly resistant to disease and spoilage and able to withstand some autumn rains with little or no damage. It is a mid to late season ripener. These growth characteristics, along with its flavor appeal have made Cabernet Sauvignon one of the most popular red wine varieties worldwide.


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