2012 Hess Allomi Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Category: California SKU: 66642 Size: 750 ml
Brand: Hess Collection
Region: Napa Valley
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon Style: Red Wine
Ship/Pickup Class: A, L
Price: $23.99
Reg: $34.99
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2012 Hess Allomi Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker's Notes:

The Allomi vineyard lies in the gently rolling hills of northeastern Napa Valley, where the combination of a typically long, warm growing season and well-drained soils create optimal ripening conditions for Cabernet Sauvignon. The 210-acre vineyard is focused into 35 unique growing blocks with six different Cabernet clones that add diversity of flavors and complexity to wine.

If ever a vintage might be described as textbook, this growing season would qualify. Budbreak, flowering and set proceeded without a hitch, and there were no heat events or early season crippling frost. Quite boring, actually, right through to Véraison, just as we like it. The result was an abundant harvest with fruit that brought smiles to winemakers and expected “oohs” and “aahs” from wine drinkers. After a challenging 2011, frankly, we needed this, a blessing best described as a blessing.

The Allomi Vineyard is relatively young, and it has one thing that Cabernet Sauvignon surely loves: some heat, and a long, lingering growing season that allows fruit to ripen slowly on the vine, gaining complexity and layers of flavor. There’s a hint of floral aromas on the nose, with vanilla, oak spice and even a touch of pepper. Full bodied red fruit flavors typical for Cabernet are joined by notes of currant and blackberry with moderate, well-integrated tannins with wonderful balance and a soft, round, almost lush mouthfeel. Distinctive accents from American oak complete the profile, surely one of Napa’s great treasures from Pope Valley.