For quite some time, Hess Family Wine Estates and, more recently Hess Persson Estates, has been one of my favorite sources for excellent wine values. Hess is a family-owned, fifth-generation company committed to responsible agricultural and business practices. The Hess family’s wineries in California produce award-winning wines made with sustainable production and growing methods, respecting and nurturing the land by, as founder Donald Hess says, “returning what we take.”
If you’re looking for excellent wines either for gifts to wine lovers or to serve during the holiday season, I can recommend two Hess Collection wines without reservation. The first is Hess Iron Corral Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 (SRP: $60). This is a complex, elegant Cabernet that is delicious today, but will get even better with aging.
Here is what Dave Guffy, Chief Winemaker, had to say about Iron Corral Cabernet Sauvignon 2019. “This is a classic Napa Cabernet led by bold black fruit flavors, primarily black cherry and black currant, with elements of espresso and dark chocolate intertwining between the layered dark fruit notes. A wine of quality and depth, refined elements of oak showcase a composition built for aging, yet balanced, well-integrated tannins allow this wine to show beautifully for those unwilling to wait.” Just imagine how great that would taste to sip alongside a holiday roast!
Another outstanding Cabernet option for the holidays or any other time is Lion Tamer Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 (SRP: $65). Sabrina and Tim Persson are the next generation of the Hess family and visionaries behind the progressive winemaking style of Lion Tamer. This vintage of Lion Tamer Cabernet is lush with black fruit and mocha aromas. A touch of Malbec lends softness to the tannins, resulting in a very smooth and well-balanced wine with nicely integrated oak and vanilla notes. This is a wine that would be a real crowd pleaser at your holiday soiree.
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Originally trained as an anthropologist, Ted Scheffler is a seasoned food, wine & travel writer based in Utah. He loves cooking, skiing, and spends an inordinate amount of time tending to his ever-growing herd of guitars and amplifiers.