Drink it now or drink it later – Hess Select 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon


It depends on which expert you align with. 

But in general, the “experts” say that only 5-10%

of all wine improves after 1 year of aging. 

That’s all wine. 

For the wine that we focus on…

wine that sells for between $10-$30…

the percentage is even less.

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It’s Wine Thursday!, our weekly look

at a good wine that sells at a reasonable price

and, perhaps most importantly, is easy to find,

either at the store or online. 

This week, we’re touting a robust Cabernet Sauvignon

that you could drink tonight…

or a year from tonight.


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What it is

Based in Napa, Hess taps into grapes grown

throughout all of California.

For the 2018 Select, Hess sources Cabernet Sauvignon

grown in the Mendocino and Lake County regions. 


This is a no-nonsense old school Cabernet. 

While it comes right at you with strong

black cherry and plum flavors, it’s well balanced

and has a smooth, pleasant finish. 

Ageable?  With the acidity and tannins

in good balance, it’s fine now.  But we believe

that this Cabernet won’t peak for at least

another year…maybe two. 

Be sure to store it in a cool, dark place.


 Where to find it

The 2018 Hess Select Cabernet Sauvignon

is at Total Wine for $13.97. 

Walmart’s price is $15.99. 

It’s on the shelf at QFC for $16.99. 

The price at Safeway, Fred Meyer and Target is $17.99. 

Ralphs lists it at $18.56. 

You can order it from Wine.com for $15.99


It’s at Woods Wholesale Wine for $13.94  


You can order it from Marketview Liquor for $15.49 


or from Binny’s Beverage Depot for $16.99