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Hess 2018 The Lion Tamer Cabernet

  • 92 Points - Wine Spectator
  • 91 Points - Wine Enthusiast
  • 90 Points - James Suckling

This Cabernet Sauvignon brings all the roar of Napa Valley & when blended with a touch of Malbec, produces a big, lush wine that finishes with smooth & tamed round tannins. Don't miss the Final Case!

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About This Wine
The Lion has been the emblem of the Hess family for generations. The Lions Head Collection of wines pays homage to the family emblem and represents the new generation of the Hess Family’s vision to craft wines of distinction.

Blend: 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Sirah, & 7% Malbec

Alcohol: 14.5%
92 POINTS - "Lush and fleshy, with cassis, boysenberry and blackberry preserve notes guided by hints of alder and mesquite. Stays open but defined through the finish, with a buried hint of sweet tobacco. Drink now through 2027." - Wine Spectator

91 POINTS - "With 10% Petite Sirah and 7% Malbec, this Cabernet Sauvignon is effusively bright in dense layers of fruit. A moderate grip of tannin helps to give it additional power and length around a juicy midpalate of blueberry and vanilla." - Wine Enthusiast

90 POINTS - "Concentrated nose of blackberry and blackcurrant jam, cocoa, cloves and vanilla. It’s full-bodied with firm, succulent tannins. Rich, generous layers of jammy fruit, sweet tobacco and spices. A little confected. Try from 2022." - James Suckling
In crafting this wine, our goal is to achieve perfect balance between hedonism and elegance. We add a touch of Malbec to the blend to develop a softness in the tannins, making this a smooth and seamless wine. These supple tannins surround the palate, framing layers of juicy black cherry, dark plum and hints of rich mocha, with well-integrated vanilla and oak notes delivering a lengthy, elegant finish.
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