Hess Collection Lion Tamer Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
|Region||California, Napa Valley|
With 11% Petite Sirah and 8% Malbec in the blend, this is no shy undertaking. Robust, fleshy dark fruit flavors are enveloped by a voluptuous texture. Currant and toasted oak form the core of the midpalate as a hint of cigar comes into play on the finish.
A blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Petite Sirah and 8% Malbec, the medium to deep garnet-purple colored 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Lion Tamer is a little closed to begin, giving way to earthy scents of tilled black soil, charcoal, truffles and crushed rocks over a core of warm cassis, plum preserves, cigar box and camphor. Full-bodied and densely packed with juicy black fruits and earthy sparks, it has a lovely line of freshness and a firm level of grainy tannins to support, finishing long with a minty kick. 6,000 cases were made.
The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Lion Tamer checks in as a blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Petite Sirah, and 8% Malbec and offers a rather one-dimensional style of cedary spice, red and black currants, and tobacco leaf. With medium body, a light, silky texture and good balance, it's nevertheless an enjoyable, charming wine that should be drunk over the coming 7-8 years.