33% Petite Sirah, 26% Syrah, 22% Zinfandel, 13% Merlot, 6% Malbec
"A Petite Sirah, Syrah, Zinfandel and Merlot blend, the 2013 Treo Winemakers Blend is straightforward bistro/trattoria red with good texture, spicy, herbal, peppery, meaty, strawberry and cherry notes, soft tannins and a nice finish. Again, this is an attractive value to drink over the next 1-2 years.
Hess Select is the low-end, inexpensive, relatively large production wines from the Hess Family estates. As readers can easily see, the prices are appealing. Most of these wines see very little oak, if any, and if they do, it’s usually neutral or aged cooperage." (WA)
HESS SELECT TREO:
Treo honors the next generation of the Hess family guiding
The Hess Collection. Founder Donald Hess, joined by son-in-
laws Timothy Persson and Christoph Ehrbar, form a trio building
on the values and vision of the past while leading the way to a bright
and innovative future. From our historic home on Mount Veeder, the
skill of our winemakers is seen each vintage in this artful blend of several
classic red varietals.
TASTE WITH THE WINEMAKER:
“Each year we select flavorful lots for a winemaker’s favorite past-time - blending.
The art of blending is part of the winemaker's craft, an exercise that often proves the
sum of the parts is a delicious outcome. We have a style in mind for our Treo blend,
and this year Petite Sirah made up the backbone of the blend joined the mix of Syrah,
Zinfandel, Merlot and a hint of Malbec resulting in a wine that is rich and full of flavor.
The red fruits are ripe and bold, but not overly so. Tannins are purposefully softer and
easy drinking - we craft this blend to ensure the wine is accessible when you decide to
open the bottle. Maybe that’s why it’s become so popular. Enjoy!”
This growing season looked a lot like last year’s growing season and for once, that’s a very
good thing. ‘Early, Excellent and Evenly Ripening’ were the watchwords of the season on
the North Coast, where most of our Treo is sourced, and the Lake-Mendocino-Napa core
of the North Coast was particularly in good form. Moderate temperatures were the norm
through the winter and spring, with decidedly little moisture, bringing on an early bud
break. Heat was constant through the summer, with one balmy blip, so grapes hung
around on the vine, ripening slowly and fully, layering on complex layers of flavor. Quick
rain (finally) in September was bookended by breezy, still warm and sunny weather,
keeping harvest on a typical and really quite normal harvest. A very good year.