Founded by Donald Hess, the first vines on their Mount Veeder Estate, Napa Valley, were planted in 1978. There are three tiers in their range and this represents the entry level. The Select range sources grapes from the warmer North and Central Coasts of California. The Hess family also has vineyards in Argentina and South Africa. The blend is comprised of Merlot, Syrah and Petite Sirah. Ripe juicy fruit – cherries and plums – with a hint of dark chocolate. Soft, gentle, easy tannins. Medium-plus-ish.