The Hess Collection Winery

Ridge 4 Cabernet
2019 Cabernet Sauvignon
Mount Veeder

2021 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 25 | Lot No. 126


The Hess Collection Winery

Ridge 4 Cabernet

Cabernet Sauvignon
Mount Veeder

5 cases produced


  • This wine represents the very best Cabernet Sauvignon we produce from Ridge 4 in our Veeder Hills Vineyard
  • Our winemakers have grown to know Napa’s coolest mountain terrain intimately over 35 years
  • Our Mount Veeder vineyards are sustainably farmed, directed by Donald Hess’ guiding philosophy
  • Your wine presents a beautiful expression of our Mount Veeder fruit with exceptional refinement

The founder of The Hess Collection, Donald Hess, was attracted to Mount Veeder’s high elevation and challenging mountain climate, believing this rugged land would produce great grapes, leading to even greater wines. Our Ridge 4 Cabernet Sauvignon represents the very best Cabernet Sauvignon from our Veeder Hills Vineyard. Here, the soils are thin, forcing the vines to struggle and produce smaller yields with intensely flavored berries. We also avoid planting in shaded areas to ensure the vines have the greatest possible exposure to sunlight during the day to achieve optimal ripeness. This wine presents a beautiful expression of our Mount Veeder fruit with an exceptional refinement in both flavor and texture. The Hess Collection wines are sustainably farmed and dedicated to reflecting a true sense of place. Our wines are recognizable for their elegant, rich and complex flavors and a tradition of excellence.

Wine Facts

  • Wine is unfiltered
  • Single vineyard wine
  • Sustainably produced
  • Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled

Dave Guffy

Winemaker, The Hess Collection Winery

Winemaker, Dave Guffy

I was named assistant winemaker at Cambria in 1990, then winemaker in 1992, producing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir plus some Syrah. In 1999, Donald Hess was looking for someone to oversee all winemaking for The Hess Collection, and as a student I loved Cabernet, especially from the Napa Valley and it inspired me to pursue winemaking. Now, I'm literally on top of Napa, making mountain Cabernets. Mountain fruit is different from valley floor fruit - and so are the wines. They are structured, complex, rich wines, with distinctive tannins, ageability and concentrated fruit.

Country born: United States

Education: Enology and viticulture degree from Fresno State University.

Years in the wine industry: 20-30 years

Winemaking Philosophy:
I have a strong belief in making wine in the vineyard, working each site to absolutely maximize flavors. My goal is to make ripe-fruit-forward California style wines with both power and elegance.

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Premiere Napa Valley 2021 Wine Collection

Winery Vintage Variety Appellation Fanciful Auction
Louis M. Martini Winery 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley The Golden Crown 25
The Hess Collection Winery 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Mount Veeder Ridge 4 Cabernet 25
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