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Hess chose Lake County for their Hess Select Sauvignon Blanc because of its temperate climate, well-drained volcanic and gravelly soils, and higher altitude (1,350 - 2,200 feet) vineyard sites which provide an ideal climate for producing Sauvignon Blanc.
Aromas of gooseberry and kiwi play nicely with flavors of lychee, lemongrass and ruby grapefruit. The wine was fermented in stainless stell tanks and neutral, 5- to 6-year-old French oak barrels. It was not allowed to go through malolactic fermentation in order to retain its crisp acidity.
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