Hess Collection Mount Veeder Napa Valley 19 Block Cuvee 2006

85 points. 14.4%

This was a bit of a surprise because Decanter magazine described the 2006 vintage in California as producing lean elegant wines. This is plush almost porty wine with very grapey aromas.

It has concentration and some new oak but it is quite approachable because of the obvious fruit and soft acid and tannin. I don’t expect this wine to fail soon but don’t expect it would give much reward from cellaring.

Quite like a good (non minty) Barossa Cabernet.

A Cab Sav, Malbec, Shiraz, Petit Verdot, Cab Franc blend.

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