HESS CABERNET SAUVIGNON - 2006
A blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvgnon, 8% Syrah, 4% Merlot. 45% Mendocino Country, 30% Lake County, 25% Napa County. 13.5% alcohol.
Dark red color with ripe berries and red cherries on the nose. Solid mouth-drying tannins, tart cherries and cranberries, black currant, vanilla, oak and spice on the palate. Black cherry with a hint of sweetness on the finish. Medium-bodied with a smooth mouthfeel.
SCORE & RECOMMENDATION:
A very good entry level Cabernet. Good fruit, structure and easy to pair with foods. Suggested retail is around $17 which means if you can find this wine on sale for around $15 I think it is a decent buy. It is a little simplistic lacking some complexity but both the alcohol and oak are in check. Definitely the kind of wine that will be an easy crowd-pleaser but at the same time it won't wow anyone.