Hess Lion Tamer 2016
|Region||California, Napa Valley|
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.
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.
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.