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Wine Recommendation

The Hess Collection Winery

2006 Malbec Small Block Series
(Mount Veeder ~ Napa Valley)

Winemaker Dave Guffy is one of the progenitors of Malbec in California and he has put together a wonderful example (available at the winery only). There are blueberry/blackberry jam aromas on a big structure with minerality and tar. Holding it for two years will only make a great wine even greater.

Reviewed June 22, 2009 by Alan Goldfarb.


The Wine

Winery: The Hess Collection Winery
Vintage: 2006
Wine: Malbec Small Block Series
Appellation: Mount Veeder ~ Napa Valley
Grape: Malbec
Price: 750ml $35.00

Review Date: 6/22/2009

The Reviewer

Alan Goldfarb

Alan Goldfarb has been writing about and reviewing wine for 17 years. His reviews have been published in the St. Helena Star, San Jose Mercury, San Francisco Examiner, Decanter, and Wine Enthusiast, among others. Not once has he used a point system, star system, or an iconic symbol to quantify a wine. What counts in Mr. Goldfarb’s criteria when judging a wine is: how it tastes in the glass; is it well-constructed; its food compatibility; and presence of redeeming regional attributes.