Review: Hess Select 2016 Pinot Noir and 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Two affordable wines from The Hess Collection’s Hess Select brand, located in Napa but a producer of wines from all across California.
2016 Hess Select Pinot Noir Central Coast – A beefy expression of pinot, this wine rolls out notes of bacon fat, campfire smoke, and onion rings, which all sounds perfect for pairing with a plate of beans on your next venture along the Oregon Trail. Berry fruit comes across as dried and a bit over-extracted — a touch pruny here — with some violet notes on the chewy back end. C / $18
2015 Hess Select Cabernet Sauvignon North Coast – A more fully-formed wine, with intense cassis, tanned leather, and a bold gunpowder punch. Seductively chocolaty on the finish, it’s not exactly complex, but it does showcase the cabernet grape’s greatest hits while keeping tannin levels moderate. As iconic a “by the glass” California cab as you’re likely to find. B / $16