Hess Collection Lion Tamer Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
SKU: 3585

Hess Collection Lion Tamer Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

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Category Red Wine
Region California, Napa Valley
Brand Hess
Alcohol/vol 14.6%
Lion Tamer Cabernet Sauvignon is plush in texture with heady aromas of blackberries, black cherries and notes of freshly ground coffee. We add a touch of Malbec to the blend to develop a softness in the tannins, making this a wonderfully smooth and seamless wine. These mouthwatering tannins surround the palate, framing layered elements of bright blueberry, toasty oak and deliciously rich mocha. I find this vintage of Lion Tamer Cabernet is perfectly balanced, with well-integrated vanilla oak notes presenting on the lengthy, elegant finish
Wine Enthusiast
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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.

Virginie Boone, December 31, 2019
Wine Advocate
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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.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown, October 31, 2019
Jeb Dunnuck
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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.

January 30, 2020