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Hess Select Treo Red Blend

California

Hess

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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Treo honours the next generation of the Hess family guiding The Hess Collection. Founder Donald Hess, joined by sons-in-law Timothy Persson and Christoph Ehrbar, form a trio building on the values and vision of the past while leading the way to a bright and innovative future. From their historic home on Mount Veeder, the skill of their winemakers is seen each vintage in this artful blend of several classic red varietals.

Vintage information

That 2011 was unusual is an understatement. 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 autumn rains. While yields were lower, and the resulting wines trend toward lower alcohol and deft tannins, the vintage offered fruit that resulted in wines with admirable structure and balance. Elegant and age-worthy, it is a vintage to remember for both difficulties and ultimate success.

Vinification

Upon arrival at the winery, fruit for this wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks and then underwent 100% malolactic fermentation. The wine was aged for 12 months in French oak, 25% of which was a year old and the remainder of which was neutral.

Tasting Notes

A touch of sweetness from ripe, dark fruit is accented by a decidedly big impression of cherries and ripe plums. The tannins are nicely soft and inviting. With aromas and flavours like this, the blend is a crowd pleaser, pure and simple.

Vintage information

Vintage 2011
Grape varieties 29% Durif
44% Syrah/Shiraz
10% Merlot
17% Zinfandel
Region California
Winemaker Dave Guffy
Alcohol (ABV) 13.5%
Acidity 6.4g/l
Residual Sugar 8.2g/l
Wine pH 3.55