A pioneer by nature, Donald Hess was determined to defy convention and pursue winemaking at elevation, so in 1978, he established The Hess Collection Winery on the site of one of the region?s oldest wineries. He took the opportunity to marry his two creative passions in life?wine and art?and he established an art gallery within the winery as a means of sharing his private art collection. Donald Hess and his wife, Ursula, met through their shared love of art, and today, Ursula?s daughter, Sabrina, and her husband, Tim, continue the family legacy of sharing wine and art and the family?s ongoing commitment to making both accessible to all.
This blend is dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon, with smaller amounts of Petite Sirah, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Merlot. Bold black fruit expand on the palate, with a lengthy powder keg of tobacco, gun smoke and cigar box shining through. The tannins are persistent yet soft.?VIRGINIE BOONE