Hess Collection Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Hess Collection Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

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Aromas of wild mountain raspberry and Bing cherry, on the palate, luscious blueberries framed by hints of vanilla, cassis, creamy milk chocolate and oak spice.

The layers of flavor in this wine pair well with complex foods, including braised or grilled meats like lamb, pork or duck; spring or sweet onions; earthy flavors such as mushrooms, eggplant and fennel; harder cheeses with salt crystals such as Bravo Farms Silver Mountain or Beecher’s Flagship Reserve.

Wine Spectator: 93
This shows steeped blackberry, plum and black currant fruit set against a backdrop of warm tar, smoldering charcoal and sweet tobacco notes. A tarry edge and dark fruit meld beautifully through the finish due to well-embedded acidity. A textbook mountain Cabernet. Best from 2022 through 2035.
Wine Advocate: 95
The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Mount Veeder aged for 22 months in 75% new French oak. No 2017 vintage of this wine will be made. Deep garnet-purple colored, it delivers a very serious nose of baked plums, crème de cassis, dried mulberries and dark chocolate with nuances of tapenade, chargrill, licorice and menthol with a waft of tree bark. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is built like a brick house with a solid structure of firm, grainy tannins and oodles of freshness supporting the taut, muscular black fruit, finishing on a provocative mineral note. 3,000 cases produced.
Wine Enthusiast: 93
Thick, herbal and earthy, this is a fantastic expression of the appellation. Firm tannins show structure and measured richness around thickets of black cherry, dark chocolate and earthy sage, finishing on a hint of black pepper.