Located in the heart of Sonoma County, the Russian River Valley is home to over 15,000 acres of grapevines. The Hess winemaking team selects vineyard sites that provide the very best wine grapes to craft wines expressive of this region. The cooler climates of the Russian River Valley are ideal for varietals like Chardonnay, which flourishes and develops uniquely rich flavors that are complemented by a bright, fresh acidity. The Hess Collection wines are family owned, sustainably farmed and dedicated to reflecting a true sense of place. Our wines are recognisable for their elegance, rich, complex flavors and a tradition of excellence.
At a Glance
2016 Taste + Style
“The word Panthera is believed to be of East Asian origin, meaning ‘the yellowish animal’ or golden yellow. As a reflection of this moniker, we have crafted a striking golden-yellow Chardonnay that is opulent in style and beautifully textured. This inaugural vintage offers yellow stone fruit aromas that lead to delicious flavors of peach, white pear and grilled pineapple. The gorgeous frame of fruit encompasses layers of well-integrated toasty oak and hints of crème brûlée. Panthera Chardonnay is unctuous but focused with a bright acid core that persists through a satisfying, long finish.”
– Dave Guffy, Director of Winemaking
2016 Vineyard + Production
Vintage 2016 had near perfect weather and continues the streak of great California vintages. Winter gave us our average amount of rainfall followed by a warm spring that allowed most varieties to set a nice crop. August cooled things off and allowed some increase in hang time, and we didn’t see any major heat spikes during September and October.