The Hess Collection Winery

Ridge 4
2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
Mount Veeder

2018 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 22 | Lot No. 18


The Hess Collection Winery

Ridge 4

Cabernet Sauvignon
Mount Veeder

20 cases produced


  • Fruit from Ridge 4 in our Veeder Hills Vineyard, historically producing our finest Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Mountain Malbec from young vineyard blocks joins intense Cabernet Sauvignon in our distinctive blend
  • Our winemakers have grown to know Napa’s coolest mountain terrain intimately over 35 years
  • Donald Hess’s credo is, “Live each day with the courage of a lion”

When Donald Hess first walked the verdant hillsides of Mount Veeder, it reminded him of great wine growing regions in Europe. More than three decades since he made Mount Veeder his winery home, Hess winemakers have grown to know Napa’s coolest mountain intimately, planting vineyards at higher elevations where steep slopes and volcanic, raspy soils command respect from vines. Donald’s personal credo is, “Live each day with the courage of a lion." For Premiere Napa Valley, we offer the crème de la crème of block selections, which will become our finest Lion Cabernet Sauvignon. With a touch of Malbec, from our estate Veeder Hills vineyard along Ridge Four, this wine is an elegant homage to Mount Veeder, testimony to the vision and passion of Donald Hess and his family.

Wine Facts

  • 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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1010 Isuzu Parkway
Grand Prairie  TX  75050


Premiere Napa Valley Wine Collection

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The Hess Collection Winery 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Mount Veeder Ridge 4 22
Silverado Vineyards 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District SOLO 21
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