2013 Hess Collection "19 Block Mountain Cuvée" Mount Veeder Red Blend

SKU #1287237 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Proprietary Red 19 Block Mountain Cuvée is a blend of 61% Malbec, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Petit Verdot and Syrah, all from the estate on Mt. Veeder. This blend has worked well, exhibiting an opaque purple color, a beautiful nose of incense, camphor, blackberry, licorice and a touch of espresso. It is full-bodied and concentrated, but with supple tannins and a roundness and juiciness-even for a 2013. This should age nicely for at least 10 or more years. As I indicated last year, the Hess Collection winery up on Mt. Veeder is profiting from a complete makeover and producing better and better wines as well as more special cuvées. This was a winery that burst on the scene in the mid-1980s with some terrific wines and then became moribund. That’s all changing now, as the recent releases strongly evidence. They have initiated a Small Block Series of wines that are limited production wines, but aimed at showcasing certain grapes and terroirs. (RP)  (12/2016)

K&L Notes

Hess put themselves on the map in the late'80s/ early '90s by making some of the best value wines in the market from serious vineyards on Mount Veeder and near the San Pablo bay, not to mention from purchased fruit across California. The problem at some point is the brand lost its identity and dedication to quality sometime in the early '00s. They created more tiered labels than anyone could understand, or keep straight and what they built slowly receded to just another brand on supermarket or "big box" stores shelves. So then why, you may ask, are we putting these wines in front of you? It's because Hess has completely rededicated themselves to quality over the last few years on all levels. They've gone green in the vineyards (sustainable and certified Napa Green), cut way back on production and are focusing on estate grown wines from the aforementioned vineyards. All in all it is a great comeback story capped off by the affordable and tremendous wines that we have today. (Bryan Brick, K&L)

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Staff Image By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/20/2017 | Send Email
One of our favorite wines from Hess as they’ve continued to become a winery that needs to be noticed is the 19 Block Mountain Cuvée. This unusual blend of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Petite Verdot from 19 blocks of their Mount Veeder estate is something to behold. The combination of being Malbec dominant and from high elevation vineyards, 1,300-2,000 ft, has this bursting at the seams with power and structure. Lifted aromas of wild iris and boysenberry are bolstered by deeper, darker inky aromas of dark roasted coffee bean and dark chocolate. Creamy and lush, yet holding considerable power, on entry with wild flavors of cola, blackberry and mocha this is one interesting and thoughtful wine. Some will love this for its outright power, certain to please any lover of mountain vineyard Cab or Argentine Malbec, but others will love it for its surprising lift and cut, energetic to its end. This is simply a must-try for any “big red” fan all for under $30.

Staff Image By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/12/2017 | Send Email
This Malbec based wine is rich and full bodied with dark fruit flavors and vanilla aromas. It is soft and easy to drink and will go well with hearty foods or alone if you in the mood for a big wine.

Staff Image By: Gary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/11/2017 | Send Email
Before finding out what the varietal breakdown of this wine was my early call was a blend dominated by Zin. To my dismay, it's roughly 60% Malbec, 31% Cab and a few dollops of Petit Verdot and Syrah making up the balance of the blend. It's an inky wine with great fruit extraction and vigor, showing notes of dark plum, black currant, blackberry preserve, pie crust and a supple tannin on the finish. One heck of a wine for $27, which is tough to find these days, especially with a designation such as Mount Veeder attached to it.

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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.
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United States

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California

- 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 (%): 14.9