Hess Collection Chardonnay 2014


SKU 10073


One of the things I enjoy when I'm visiting with wine drinkers at Festivals all around the country is the obvious pleasure people have when they tell me 'I really love the green label chardonnay, it's our house white'. That means my mission is clear: don't screw up a good thing. Happily, this wine makes keeping people happy very easy. Monterey's combination of moderate climate and marine influences from the Pacific Ocean keep the grapes on an even keel, able to develop fully ripe flavors that tend to show some lemon and lime zest, a touch of ripe apple and tropical aromas and flavors. We call it crisp and clean, with well balanced acids. You might just call it, well, your fave. I won't object, and in fact, I might just cheer. This wine's natural acidity complements tangy, spicy foods and shows well with therichness of creamier dishes. Enjoy with Asian chicken salad, grilled albacore tuna with melted anchovy butter and lemon, or a creamy pasta dish with Portobello mushrooms
Category White Wine
Country California
Region Napa Valley
Brand Hess
Alcohol/vol 13.5%
  • we90

Wine EnthusiastThe producer pulls from its estate Su'skol Vineyard for this wine, which opens in an aromatic flirtation of sweet honeysuckle, revealing the site's abundance of musqué clone. Crisp on the entry and midpalate, it shows a full-bodied style as it opens-notes of pear and fig are wrapped between spicy nutmeg and a viscous bite of oak on the finish.

Virginie Boone, March 1, 2017
  • wa89

Wine AdvocateReaders looking for one of the big-time sleepers of the vintage, and a great value, need look no further than the 2014 Chardonnay Estate Napa. This is 100% Chardonnay from Napa and it sells for a song - and more good news is there are just over 24,000 cases of this wine that went through about 25% malolactic and was aged in stainless steel and neutral wood. Exotic floral notes of mango and guava jump from the glass, along with pineapple and honeysuckle. It is medium-bodied, crisp and fresh with loads of fruit. This is a big-time winner! Drink it over the next year.

Robert Parker, December 30, 2016
  • ws88

Wine SpectatorThe citrus skin and pithy rind elements impart distinctive texture and flavor. Pleasing and cleansing. Drink now. 24,329 cases made.

James Laube, 2016

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