2006 Hess Collection Small Block Series
It’s late March, and depending on the day, it is finally warm enough to properly enjoy a dry ros, whether at a picnic on the hill, for aprs or as an aperitif with dinner. And with our early Easter this year, try the 2006 Hess Collection Small Block Series Syrah Ros, from vineyards in Napa Valley and Mendocino County. This dry yet rich ros is the perfect start to a ham or lamb Easter meal. A blend of 92 percent syrah and 8 percent petite syrah, this blush tastes of cherries and raspberries, with a rich body and roses and violets on the nose. The finish is crisp, with a hint of white pepper. This ros is definitely on the darker side of the spectrum, so also pair it with salmon and smoked trout.Winemakers Dave Guffy and Scott Shirley bleed off some of the juice early in the crushing process of making their red syrah, thus obtaining a lovely dark pink liquid for the ros. After fermentation, the final blend is aged for one to two months in old French oak barrels, importing that extra richness without any detrimental oak flavor. The wine does not undergo malolactic fermentation, so it finishes dry and crisp with bright fruit aromas and flavors on the front side.The Hess tasting room, which was just renovated and features a modern art collection, is a must-see in Napa Valley. The Hess Syrah Ros costs just under $20.
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