Hess Select Cabernet Review | Your House Cab Has Arrived

Hess Select Cabernet Review | Your House Cabernet Has Arrived!

Hess Select Cabernet

On a recent trip to Costco in Arlington I was originally on the hunt for one of my new favorite Spanish bargains, the Tarima Hill Old Vine Monastrell, when I spotted the Hess Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2011.

I had tasted prior vintages by the glass at several restaurants who pour this as their house Cabernet Sauvignon, but I had never actually committed to a full bottle. It’s not often you order house wine that actually tastes somewhat varietally correct and like…real wine. I decided at under $12 it was about time to pull the trigger and give it a shot.

Hess Select Cabernet Sauvignon Review

Appearance: A slightly translucent medium-ruby

Nose: Sweet and moderately perfumed with dark red fruit, cedar and black olive.

On the palate: Medium bodied with a soft and juicy core of red and black fruit. There are notes of anise, clove, raspberry, black cherry and currants enveloped by a nice spiciness. There are touches of leather and smokey vanillin on the dry, slightly tight finish.

Varietal Composition: Cabernet Sauvignon

Origin: North Coast, California

Value Rating: 5 / 5

When: 2011

Price: $11.89 (~$17 Retail)

Score:  89

Should you buy? Consider making the Hess Select Cabernet Sauvignon your new house wine!

Hess Select Cabernet Sauvignon Review

Value PropositionHess Select Cabernet Sauvignon

Hess Select wines are crafted by Hess Winemakers from their own vineyards in Napa as well as from fruit sourced from partnerships with growers in Napa, Lake and Mendocino Counties. They are created with an emphasis on sustainable farming practices, value and are intended to be approachable and drinkable when young.

In my opinion, Hess has succeeded in doing just that with the Hess Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2011. It’s balanced with decent complexity and it actually tastes like Cabernet should. In a price category where competition can be overwhelming for consumers, this 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon makes a compelling argument for your consideration.

Hess Select Cabernet Sauvignon Review

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14 thoughts on “Hess Select Cabernet Review | Your House Cab Has Arrived

  1. Beth

    Nice post! I’ve had Hess Collection Cab before and it’s a nice quality to price wine. However, my local wine shop in Virginia used to sell it for $19. Oops. 🙂

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  9. Andrew

    Great post. We’re sourcing Hess Select Cabernet Sauvignon North Coast 2013 from Trader Joe’s for around $13/bottle and it compares well to wines in the $20-25 dollar range. Plenty of fruit and spice. A great deal.

      1. Andrew

        I found the Italian blended wines known as Montefalco Rosso from Umbria to be very similar in taste and appearance to this wine. They are also a great value in Italy, although hard to find in the USA.

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