2012 Hess Collection "19 Block Mountain Cuvée" Mount Veeder Red Blend

SKU #1264792 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2012 Mountain Cuvée Block 19, a blend of 60% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Syrah, is a brilliant wine at a realistic price. This is a wine of great intensity with an opaque purple color, sweet blackberry and blueberry fruit intermixed with licorice, espresso bean and a touch of chocolate. It’s ripe, full-bodied, savory, expansive and lush. Drink it over the next decade. The Hess Collection Winery on Mt. Veeder started off in the mid-1980s with some serious wines, but has been mired in the qualitative doldrums for the last decade or more. This is the best group of Hess Collection wines I’ve tasted in many a year. (RP)  (12/2015)

90 points James Suckling

 A soft and rich red with blackberry, chocolate and spice character. Full body, round tannins and a savory finish. Delicious now.  (7/2015)

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By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/26/2016 | Send Email
This interesting blend starts out with notes of effusive mixed berries, cherry liqueur and unsweetened dark chocolate. The opulent middle of spiced blackberry fruit has enough tension to hold the ripeness in check and allow some pleasingly tangy mountain elements to peak through. Overall, a rich, plush and satisfying bottle.

By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/22/2016 | Send Email
The family of Hess Wines has long been synonymous with great value. Whether it be for their fairly ubiquitous “Select” series, which is more big box store oriented, or the interesting mountain fruit-driven series that this 19 Block Mountain Cuvee is part of, they have a long history of making great wines for great prices. This wine is a bit of an outlier in the world of Bordeaux-styled blends in that it is dominantly Malbec, at 60%, with 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Syrah. With all that Mount Veeder Malbec in the blend you’d think that this was some sort of inky beast, but in reality it is actually quite refined and approachable, with a pretty porcini mushroom, dried raspberry, cherry cola and sweet oak-driven nose. Graceful and layered on the palate, this is one delicious blend, with well-formed flavors of dried meats, savory chaparral, roasted beets and pitchy wild berry fruit that resonates well into the broad and refined finish. If you are looking to break out of the box a bit, this blend is a great option and would be a great option for BBQs, burgers, brats and any other meaty treats.

By: James Bradshaw | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/22/2016 | Send Email
The color is amazing on this wine — it's dense, inky, with a lovely violet hue on the rim. The nose is a tad shy at first, but when given a chance, opens to reveal aromas of stewed fruit, fresh berries, and a wild flowers. On the palate there is more zip and verve than one might expect. It perfectly finds that balance between lush and lively, so there is far more going on here than a simple fruit bomb. Additional elements of mushrooms, earth, cola, and mocha all come into play and all in perfect pitch. Top-notch effort from some great Mt. Veeder sites.

By: Gary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/22/2016 | Send Email
Rich and round, the 2012 Hess Collection 19 Block Red Blend is a fun little wine. Frankly, I'm not the biggest fan of Malbec heavy blends (I find them a little flabby more often than not) but was pleasantly surprised by the depth and complexity of this one. Dark fruit, blackberry pie and a kick of menthol, mocha and baking spices to finish it off. Don't miss out on this.

By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/22/2016 | Send Email
This is a fun, super easy drinking red wine that delivers good fruit and spice without falling flat or getting flabby. Dark rich fruit in the nose leads to creamy, ripe dark berry from the Malbec. A little mocha and coffee notes help round this wine out and notes of baking spice to finish it off. This is a nicely rounded rich red wine that definitely delivers without falling apart at the end, and at 14.6 ABV it doesn't go overboard on the alcohol. Definitely worth checking out.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.6