2013 Hess Collection Cabernet Sauvignon Mt Veeder
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale $49.94 (reg. $64.94)
Hess Collection is one of a few Napa Valley wineries that manage to deliver solid value for honest-to-goodness Napa Cab and their 2013 Mt Veeder hits that perfect sweet spot of quality mountain fruit, critical praise and a reasonable price. Hess wasn’t always as sure a bet. After a blockbuster beginning in the 1980s the estate went through a serious lull, yet a decade-long renovation and upgrade program has Hess Collection earning serious respect from critics, while very maintaining attractive prices.
The 2013 Mt Veeder Cabernet is real mountain Cabernet from one of the finest Napa vintages in a lifetime. The confluence of vintage, terroir, and Hess’ remarkable resurgence has resulted in “one of the best wines to emerge from Hess in the last 30 years” according to Robert Parker: “It is a full-bodied, rich and a compelling effort” (94pts). The secret weapon is the healthy 18% of Malbec in this bottling helps give it some serious personality with a greater array of dark fruits, licorice, and black cherry flavors.
We simply can’t get enough of 2013 Napa Cabs - the quality has been so broad and satisfying. If you're like us, you'll want to get in on this one while quantity lasts, as Hess truly delivers in 2013. Cheers!