We have to embrace the Crazy. We have to have our prissy assumptions and preconceptions and even our tastes offended, abused, and kicked in the nuts. It’s how we evolve.
You tasted Hess wines 20 years ago and see them and think, “Yeah, been there, done that”? Trust me on this: You do NOT know Hess.
The Hess Collection Estate Grown Napa Valley Chardonnay 2017 is anointed with a brilliant dose of judgment that says, “We have some gorgeous fruit, here. Let’s not screw it up in the winery.”
I was knocked sideways by these wines. These are jaw-dropping wines at prices that will drop your jaw even further, right through the freakin’ floor.
Spanish Grenache has a life and verve and even terroir notes that frequently leaves its northern cousins gasping for air – and at prices that are usually a mere fraction of the French stickers.
Truly spectacular, planet-class fruit, 174 years of winemaking expertise, and the unfailing judgment and humility required to taste your grapes, trust their character, and say, “Let me let these speak for themselves”, results in little miracles like this, one of the best value wines of any type it has ever been my pleasure to taste.
“A perfect wine pairing doesn’t exist. We’re doing a lot of damage the way we’re matching wine and categorizing it.”
Tendril is simply the best American winery for Pinot Noir that I have ever come across; even including all those Sonoma and Mt. Eden and San Luis Obispo wineries I love.