2016 Hess Collection Lion Tamer Red Blend

Year: 2016
Appellation: Mount Veeder, Napa Valley
Country: USA-California
Wine Spectator: 89
Wine Advocate: 90
Wine Enthusiast: 93
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.8%
Price :
$29.95

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"High-toned, featuring lively macerated cherry and crushed red fruit flavors that are full of savory richness. Paprika and white pepper notes show on the finish, with hints of nutmeg. Malbec, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mourvèdre, Petit Verdot and Merlot. Drink now through 2022. 12,320 cases made. -KM" (WS)

"The 2016 Proprietary Red The Lion Tamer is blended of 40% Malbec, 27% Zinfandel, 21% Petite Sirah, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Mourvèdre, 1% Petit Verdot and 1% Merlot. It has a medium to deep garnet-purple color and opens with notes of crushed black plums, blackberry compote and wild blueberries with hints of spice box, tobacco and dried herbs. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is packed with juicy black fruits plus plenty of spicy sparks, featuring a plush texture and great freshness supporting the long finish. 12,320 cases produced." (WA)

"This is a blend of 40% Malbec, 27% Zinfandel, 21% Petite Sirah, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon and smaller amounts of Mourvèdre, Petit Verdot and Merlot. Together, they work to offer inviting elements of baking spice, cherry vanilla and a creamy palate of integrated tannins and toasted oak. The fleshy, lush feel benefits from a fresh backbone of acidity. -Virginie Boone" (WE)

Winery Notes:
The name “Lion Tamer” has become a nickname for Malbec because we use it as our tannin tamer. Much like a Lion Tamer who uses a deft hand to soothe powerful, instinctive animals, Winemaker Dave Guffy uses Malbec to soothe powerful tannins. This red blend brings all the roar of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah, and when blended with Malbec, produces a big, lush wine that finishes with smooth and tamed round tannins.

Though just 30 miles long and a few miles wide, Napa Valley is home to diverse microclimates and soils uniquely suited to wine grape growing. It is considered one of the premier wine regions in the world and for our Napa Valley wines we look to our estate vineyards and select growers throughout the valley to source the very best wine grapes. The Hess Collection wines are family owned, sustainably farmed and dedicated to reflecting a true sense of place. Our wines are recognizable for their elegant, rich and complex flavors and a tradition of excellence.