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Hess Select North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon



Donald Hess, Swiss by birth, bought his first vineyard in Mount Veeder in the Napa Valley in 1978...

He recognised the potential of the deep volcanic rocky soils to produce small and concentrated berries that yield structured powerful wines. His dedication to quality meant that the first wines were not released until 1987. Today, the Hess Collection Vineyards comprise more than 419 hectares of vineyards in California, with 285 hectares in the Napa Valley. From the beginning, Hess was dedicated to sustainable farming, their motto being “Nurture the land and return what you take.” As a result they have achieved various certifications because their sensitivity towards the environment touches every aspect of production, from vineyard to packaging.

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Rugged, often wild, with never-ending complexity, this unique growing region has long been home to advocates for family focused sustainable viticulture. A relatively mild Mediterranean climate with predictable heating and cooling cycles is overlaid on a mélange of well-drained volcanic and gravelly soils perfect for concentrating vine energy. Rolling hillsides and benchlands offer prime vineyard sites producing flavourful fruit with layers of agreeable acids and balanced tannins.

Vintage information

If ever a vintage might be called textbook, this would be the one. Budbreak, flowering, no heat events or crippling frost straight through to vérasion, everything on time and neat, resulting in an abundant vintage with fruit destined to bring a smile to winemakers and wine drinkers alike.


The grapes were machine harvested. Upon arrival at the winery, they were fermented to dryness. The wine was aged on its lees in French oak for 12 to 13 months, of which 35% was new.

Tasting Notes

This 2012 vintage highlights vibrant red fruit, with aromas and flavours of cherry and raspberry counter-balanced with anise, black pepper spice and cedar notes from oak ageing. The wine shows varietal character, with a soft, pleasant, medium body with appealing tannins and hints of cherry and cola spice on the finish.

Vintage information

Vintage 2012
Grape varieties 9% Durif
75% Cabernet Sauvignon
8% Merlot
4% Malbec
Region California
Winemaker Dave Guffy
Alcohol (ABV) 13.9%
Acidity 6.1g/l
Wine pH 3.71