6/22/2015

Quick Sip: The Hess Collection 2012 Allomi Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

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Today’s Quick Sip is The Hess Collection 2012 Allomi Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. The Hess Collection is renowned for expressive, well-structured Cabernet Sauvignons produced from mountain-grown Mount Veeder fruit. This single-vineyard selection comes from the estate’s Allomi Vineyard; a site situated just below the eastern base of Howell Mountain.

The 2012 growing season was ideal for Napa Valley’s prized grape variety, Cabernet Sauvignon. In addition to a great vintage, Hess cites the vineyard’s warmer temperatures and extended growing season as reasons for the wine’s round, ripe fruit character. For the Cork Exclusive special price of $23.99 (which includes free shipping on 3 or more bottles), this wine packs a lot of flavor and offers plenty of pleasure without breaking the piggy bank. It over-delivers for the (under $24) price point and is a very nice bottle to share with friends over a delicious meal. For further information and where you can find this wine, please see my tasting notes below.

The Hess Collection 2012 Allomi Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Review: The Hess Collection 2012 Allomi Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (SRP $30): This wine is drinking nicely right now; there are additions of Petite Sirah (10%) and Petit Verdot (2%) – with the latter contributing to the wine’s relative opacity. It pours a deep garnet color, delivering flavors of sweet black cherry, black currant, and blackberry joined by nicely integrated notes of vanilla bean, toasted brown baking spice, and dusty cocoa powder. In the mouth, the wine is harmonious with a velvet-like texture that’s framed by supple tannins, ending in a pleasing, spice-accented finish. Overall, a satisfying, reasonably price Cabernet to share with friends and enjoy at the dinner table – especially if grilled red meats or smoked pork is on the menu. Region: Napa Valley, California. Other info: ABV 14.4%, 18 months in American oak barrels, cork enclosure). Rating: 90.

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6/01/2015

Quick Sip: Rex Hill 2012 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

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Though there are some exceptions, you generally get what you pay for when it comes to Pinot Noir. The grape is often called finicky, fickle, and demanding – both in the vineyard and cellar. For good reason, growers and producers have referred to Pinot Noir as the "Heartbreak Grape." Pinot Noir is naturally low to medium yielding and has a built-in scarcity, since there are few wine regions where the variety fully expresses itself and thrives. Of course, there are more factors, but these are some reasons that can make Pinot Noir more expensive to grow and produce than varieties that are more accommodating, resilient and forgiving.

Oregon’s Willamette Valley is the state’s most recognized and largest wine-growing appellation. It is one of the select few regions in the wonderful world of wine that is well-known for growing world-class Pinot Noir. Today’s Quick Sip, the 2012 entry-level appellation Pinot Noir from Rex Hill, is appealing, harmonious in the mouth, and attractively priced – especially at the Cork-Exclusive deal of $24.99 (which includes free shipping on 3 or more bottles). This is an ideal bottle for the dinner table that would pair nicely with a wide variety of foods, including salmon, tuna, grilled veggies and more! For further information and where you can find this wine, please see my tasting notes below.

Rex Hill 2012 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

Review: Rex Hill 2012 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir (SRP $35): Medium-deep ruby color, this Pinot Noir offers inviting aromas of ripe black cherries, spicy plum, and juicy blackberries, joined by undertones of rose petals and sweet, caramelized oak tones. It is harmonious and medium-to-full bodied in the mouth, with nice ripeness, soft, relaxed tannins, and good acidity – that carries the dark red and purple fruit flavors through the medium-long, textured finish. Although an ideal slow sniffer-and-sipper to savor on its own, this wine is very versatile on the dinner table – think grilled salmon, lamb, or Portobello burgers. Region: Willamette Valley, Oregon. Other info: ABV 14%, 14 months in French oak barrels, cork enclosure). Rating: 90.

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