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Hess Collection Lion Tamer Red Blend 2016

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Hess Collection Lion Tamer Red Blend 2016
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SKU 09024


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.
Category Red Wine
Region California, Napa Valley
Brand Hess
Alcohol/vol 14.8%
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Wine EnthusiastThis 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, April 1, 2019
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Wine AdvocateThe 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.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown, December 13, 2018
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Wine SpectatorHigh-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.

Kim Marcus, 2019