6 Bottles of The Hess Collection Napa Valley Allomi Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 750ML
The Hess Collection Napa Valley Allomi Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 750ML
Notes from the Winemaker
Distinct notes of vanilla and oak spice from aging in American oak add to the personality of the wine, surely one of our most popular Napa offerings.
Napa Valley Allomi Cabernet Sauvignon
A pioneer by nature, Donald Hess was determined to defy convention and pursue winemaking in the far reaches of the Napa Valley. In 1995, he sought out the Allomi Vineyard with a vision to uncover its potential. Once a dormant beauty, the Allomi Vineyard now gives life to luxury Napa Valley wines. Our estate vineyard is located in the gently rolling hills of northeastern Napa Valley. The 210-acre vineyard is focused into 35 unique growing blocks with six different Cabernet clones that add diversity of flavors and complexity to this wine.
Taste with the Winemaker
“The combination of steady heat and well-drained clay loam soils in our Allomi Vineyard allows fruit to ripen evenly, gaining welcomed complexity and layers of flavor. The Allomi Vineyard consistently delivers fruit of the highest quality, and this vintage was no different. On the nose, our Allomi Cabernet offers enticing aromas of currant, blackberry and elegant expressions of lavender. These aromas are complemented by layered flavors of juicy black fruit, most notably black cherry and black plum. Plush, well-integrated tannins provide a round, delicious mouthfeel, and lead to elements of espresso supported by a subtle oak spice, adding to the personality of the wine and reminding us why this is one of our most popular Napa offerings.”
– Dave Guffy, Director of Winemaking
Vintage 2019 began slightly later than normal in some areas, but nonetheless delivered superb results. Spring was marked by occasional rains, which brought welcome soil saturation, and cooler temperatures, which allowed fruit to mature at a steady pace. Summer helped the grapevines to ripen and catch up from their late start, and conditions continued to be almost ideal throughout August and September. The warm days and cool nights of the Fall season allowed gradual sugar accumulation and longer hang times, promising fruit of the highest quality with structural beauty from balanced tannin, sugar and acid levels. Harvest began slightly later than normal in some areas, but with the grapevines able to mature their fruit due to a warm, dry autumn. Fruit was picked at its peak, promising exceptional flavor in bottle.
Reviews and Ratings
92 Points/James Suckling
A fruity cabernet with currant, black-cherry and berry aromas and flavors. Medium-to full-bodied with soft tannins and a juicy finish. Yummy now. Drink or hold.
90 Points/Wine Spectator
A polished, direct style, with warmed plum. and blackberry fruit laced with cocoa and tobacco notes. A rounded edge on the finish makes this accessible now, but there's enough for brief cellaring too.
90 Points/Wine Enthusiast
Blended with small amounts of Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Malbec, this likable pour offers perfumed red fruit and bright acidity within a full-bodied, integrated core of smooth texture. A background of herbal notes complements the dense black cherry and blackberry core. Editors’ Choice.