2005 The Hess Collection Cabernet Sauvignon Allomi
(USA, California, Napa Valley)
Smooth wine. Deep red-purple color. Out of the bottle the nose was a little tight and hot. Immediately got chocolate and cinnamon with some fresh peppers. Palate was similar, with lots blackberry, sweet plums, sweet currant and vanilla. Fruit on the start and the transition to the mid palate gets hot on the sides of the tongue then transitions to a darker wine with a little bitter and tobacco. This Hess cab is definitely a try for the money. Not a home run but this is a smooth solid wine that has some character. I do feel it is a little short on the fruit but the start has a nice fruit forward and velvety feel and then transitions quickly all over the palate.