Hess Collection Napa Valley Chardonnay 2016 - Buster's Liquors & Wines
Hess Collection Napa Valley Chardonnay 2016
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Hess Collection Napa Valley Chardonnay 2016

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Category White Wine
Region California, Napa Valley
Brand Hess
Alcohol/vol 14.2%
We take care in farming the Su'skol vineyard in order to develop fruit with bright acidity and balance, and to showcase the impact of the moderate temperatures influenced by nearby San Pablo Bay. We choose to focus on the aromatic and delicate musqué clone, which requires a light touch with both oak and malolactic fermentation. To highlight this beautiful clonal material, we put 70% of the blend through stainless fermentation to retain fresh flavors of pear and nectarines, and preserve the wine's natural acidity. So as not to overwhelm the blend, the remaining 30% sees just a light touch of oak-9% new (French) oak-and only 30% of the overall blend is allowed to undergo secondary fermentation. Aged for 9 months in barrels and lees stirred weekly for 4 months, results in a textured and viscous wine that offers aromas of jasmine and honeysuckle, complemented by stone fruit flavors enveloped in smooth, creamy notes of vanilla and lemon merangue.
Wine Enthusiast
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This is a floral, concentrated white wine. The entry of lush crème brûlée and fig flavors are met by persistent honeysuckle and toasted oak tones.

Virginie Boone, March 1, 2019
Jeb Dunnuck
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The 2016 Chardonnay Napa Valley, which was brought up in French oak, offers a medium gold color as well as well as a beautiful tropical, mango, and white flower-scented bouquet. It's sweetly fruited, has terrific purity, and a very drinkable, balanced profile. It's a rock-solid effort.

January 31, 2019
Wine Advocate
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The 2016 Chardonnay Estate gives up scents of peach cobbler, musk melon and ripe Bosc pears with hints of coriander seed, ginger and cedar. Medium to full-bodied, the palate delivers a pleasantly oily texture and bags of melon and stone fruit flavors with a refreshing line and spicy finish. 21,766 cases produced.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown, December 13, 2018
Wine Spectator
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Aromatic spiciness dominates this lively white, which is reminiscent of a dry Riesling. Gooseberry notes and dried savory flavors linger into the finish. Drink now. 21,700 cases made.

Kim Marcus, December 15, 2018

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