The 2007 19 Block Cuvee is Cabernet Sauvignon-based layered with Malbec, Merlot, and Syrah to produce a wine with pronounced fruit characteristics. It has aromas of plum and black currant intermingled with caramel and molasses. The silky entry melts into an ultra-rich core of dark fruit. A supple finish is testament to this wine's immediate approachability.
74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Malbec, 4% Syrah, 4% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot. Hess Family Estates was founded in 1844 by Johann Heinrich Hess in Berne, Switzerland. For more than 100 years, beer was the central business. When he died, his son, Donald Hess, took over the company and soon became an entrepreneur. In the early 1960s, anticipating the surge of demand for bottled water, Donald created Valser Water, which would become Switzerland's leading mineral-water company. In 1978, the establishment of the Hess Collection Winery on Mount Veeder in the Napa Valley started an epic journey that would see vines planted and art museums built across the globe, culminating with Bodega Colome—the highest vineyard in the world in Argentina. Donald Hess was attracted to Mount Veeder for its elevation and unique mountain climate, which he believed would yield the best grapes to produce great wines. Mount Veeder is distinguished among Napa Valley's mountain districts for having the highest elevation, coolest growing season and geologically diverse soils. True to the unique mountain terroir, Hess Mount Veeder wines are known for their complexity, structure, and elegance.