Five generation span the historic Hess estate, which was once the site of the Christian Brothers winery. The current family winery has been a pioneer in the Napa Valley since the 1970s. The winery has been a leader in sustainability and green certification. In 2018, the winery opened a small lot winemaking facility called Lions Head Cellar. An amazing history and an impressive team of four winemakers including Dave Guyffy, Alison Rodriguez, Stephanie Pope (Trefethen), and Randle Johnson (Mayacamas, Stag's Leap, Colomé), this is a winery that is constantly raising the bar. And this wine proves the phoenix is rising on Mt. Veeder.
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. ~95 Wine Advocate
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