The Hess Collection Lion Tamer | Napa Valley Red Wine 2015 / 750 ml.

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SP9292 pts. - Wine Spectator - Jun 15, 2018
Smooth and harmonious, with supple cherry, dark berry, cedar, gravel and floral notes that glide across the palate gracefully, ending long and pure. Malbec, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Mourvèdre. Drink now through 2028. 4,547 cases made. (James Laube)
RP9292 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 31st Oct 2017
Composed of 50% Malbec, 23% Zinfandel and 11% Petite Sirah with smaller parts of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Mourvèdre, the 2015 Proprietary Red The Lion Tamer is scented of warm blackcurrants, preserved plums and dark chocolate with touches of pencil shavings, dried Provence herbs and underbrush. Medium to full-bodied, it fills the palate with ripe black fruit and plush tannins, finishing long and lively. (Lisa Perrotti-Brown)
VN9292 pts. - Vinous - Jul 2018
The 2015 Lion Tamer shows just how compelling Malbec can be on Mt. Veeder. Succulent, resonant and super-expressive, the 2015 has so much to recommend it. A rush of dark cherry, plum, smoke, new leather, licorice and spice builds in this striking, extroverted wine from Hess.

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Primary Grape: Malbec | All Grapes: 50% Malbec, 23% Zinfandel, 11% Petite Sirah, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot, 4% Merlot, 2% Mourvedre

United States | California | Napa Valley

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We affectionately call this wine “Tamer” because blending Lion Tamer is both challenging and rewarding especially when you start with Malbec as the core. Malbec on its own brings heady floral aromas of violets and can be what I call the wild child. Big, bold and juicy upon entry, Malbec is virtually loaded with flavor. When you layer in Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Cabernet Sauvignon, you get complex layers of blackberries, milk chocolate, black plums and exotic perfume that carry throughout a plush texture and a ripe juicy core of black fruits. The signature of Lion Tamer is a generous palate of black raspberry and surprisingly lush tannins. For the 2015 vintage we found a secret blender—Mourvedre! Just 2% of the blend but WOW what a great touch of bright red fruit it brings. This vintage explodes with brightness—it jumps right out of the glass. Concentrated in the mid-palate and graceful in its power, the wine has gorgeous notes of cassis, clove and candied licorice wrapped in bright cherry and vanilla.

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SP92 92 pts. / Wine Spectator (Jun 15, 2018)

Smooth and harmonious, with supple cherry, dark berry, cedar, gravel and floral notes that glide across the palate gracefully, ending long and pure. Malbec, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Mourvèdre. Drink now through 2028. 4,547 cases made. (James Laube)

RP92 92 pts. / Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate (31st Oct 2017)

Composed of 50% Malbec, 23% Zinfandel and 11% Petite Sirah with smaller parts of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Mourvèdre, the 2015 Proprietary Red The Lion Tamer is scented of warm blackcurrants, preserved plums and dark chocolate with touches of pencil shavings, dried Provence herbs and underbrush. Medium to full-bodied, it fills the palate with ripe black fruit and plush tannins, finishing long and lively. (Lisa Perrotti-Brown)

VN92 92 pts. / Vinous (Jul 2018)

The 2015 Lion Tamer shows just how compelling Malbec can be on Mt. Veeder. Succulent, resonant and super-expressive, the 2015 has so much to recommend it. A rush of dark cherry, plum, smoke, new leather, licorice and spice builds in this striking, extroverted wine from Hess.

Description / The Hess Collection Lion Tamer | Napa Valley Red Wine 2015 / 750 ml.

Producer Notes

We affectionately call this wine “Tamer” because blending Lion Tamer is both challenging and rewarding especially when you start with Malbec as the core. Malbec on its own brings heady floral aromas of violets and can be what I call the wild child. Big, bold and juicy upon entry, Malbec is virtually loaded with flavor. When you layer in Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Cabernet Sauvignon, you get complex layers of blackberries, milk chocolate, black plums and exotic perfume that carry throughout a plush texture and a ripe juicy core of black fruits. The signature of Lion Tamer is a generous palate of black raspberry and surprisingly lush tannins. For the 2015 vintage we found a secret blender—Mourvedre! Just 2% of the blend but WOW what a great touch of bright red fruit it brings. This vintage explodes with brightness—it jumps right out of the glass. Concentrated in the mid-palate and graceful in its power, the wine has gorgeous notes of cassis, clove and candied licorice wrapped in bright cherry and vanilla.

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Region / California

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When it comes to US wine production, California is King. California wines account for almost 90% of all wines produced in the United States each year, and is home to the most celebrated vineyards and producers in the country. California is probably best known for its world-famous Cabernets and Chardonnays, many of which hail from its two most-acclaimed AVAs, Napa Valley and Sonoma County. Other prominent grapes used in California wines include Merlot, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, and Zinfandel (which California made popular).

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The United States now ranks fourth in the world in wine production behind, France, Italy, and Spain. While about 90% of that wine is produced in California, other states like Oregon, New York, and Washington are establishing themselves as prime spots for wine production, as well. Just about any variety of wine can be found in production somewhere in the United States.

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SKU 44084
Product Type Wine
Alternate Name The Hess Collection Lion Tamer
Country United States
Region California
District Napa Valley
Product Location - Location-Appellation Napa Valley
Package Size 750 ml.
Proof/Alcohol by Volume 14.8%
Brand Hess Collection
Bottles per Case 12
Vintage 2015
Can it be Shipped Yes
Rating 92.00 pts
Premier Pick No
Wine Type Table Wine
Wine - Color Red
Grape(s) 50% Malbec, 23% Zinfandel, 11% Petite Sirah, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot, 4% Merlot, 2% Mourvedre
Primary Grape Malbec
Dollar Sale (Y/N) No
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