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The Hess Collection Winery

Small Block Series

2017 Petite Sirah
Napa Valley
Release Date April 2020
  • Fruit was chosen from selected blocks on our estate Allomi vineyard in the gently rolling hills of Napa Valley

  • The Allomi estate vineyard is sustainably farmed in harmony with the wishes of founder, Donald Hess

  • Small Block Series wines showcase state-of-the-art innovations in the winery and express the distinct personalities of grapes in the bottle


Dave Guffy

Dave Guffy, Winemaker

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.
Country Born
United States
Winery Experience
20-30 years
Education
Enology and viticulture degree from Fresno State University.

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.