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Lion Tamer Cabernet Sauvignon 2021

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Vintage: 2021
  • WE 95
  • JS 92
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    From the heart of Napa Valley, the Hess Winery introduces the Lion Tamer Cabernet Sauvignon 2021, a wine that redefines the expectations for Cabernet Sauvignon. Crafted with precision and care by winemaker Stephanie Pope, this wine captures the essence of Napa Valley’s unique terroir. Stephanie, with her expertise and innovative winemaking techniques, presents a wine that is both bold and refined, embodying the spirit of the valley.

    The Lion Tamer Cabernet is not just any wine; it’s a seamless blend of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon and 16% Malbec, creating a symphony of flavors that dance on the palate. The color is a deep, inviting ruby, hinting at the richness and depth of the experience to come. Aromas of juicy black currant and dark plum waft from the glass, mingling with subtle hints of espresso, courtesy of meticulous oak aging. The introduction of Malbec in the blend adds a layer of softness, taming the powerful tannins and producing a wine that is exceptionally smooth and drinkable.

    As you sip, the wine unveils its complex character, with supple tannins framing the lush fruit flavors. The oak aging process lends well-integrated notes of baking spice, contributing to the wine’s lengthy and elegant finish. This Lion Tamer Cabernet Sauvignon is a testament to the harmony between power and elegance, offering a taste experience that is both intense and wonderfully balanced.

    At Hess Winery, the winemaking process is a blend of art and science, with the Lions Head Cellar at the forefront of innovative practices. The winery employs state-of-the-art technology, including an optical sorter to ensure only the best berries make it into the fermentation tanks and cutting-edge tanks for precise monitoring. This meticulous attention to detail allows for micro-adjustments throughout the winemaking process, ensuring a wine of unparalleled quality that truly showcases the distinctive lands of Napa Valley.

    The Lion Tamer Cabernet Sauvignon 2021 has been met with critical acclaim, earning 95 points from Wine Enthusiast and 92 points from James Suckling. These accolades highlight the wine’s exceptional quality and the successful blend of boldness and sophistication. For an ultimate dining experience, pair this wine with chef Chad Hendrickson’s Pork Osso Bucco with Mushrooms, Crispy Potatoes, and Chard, a combination that complements the wine’s complexity and enhances its flavors.

    The Lion Tamer Cabernet is a bold, yet elegant wine that captures the spirit of Napa Valley. It showcases the winemaking expertise of Stephanie Pope and the innovative practices at Hess Winery. With its blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec, it offers a unique taste experience that is both powerful and smooth. This wine is not just a drink; it’s an exploration of the possibilities within Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, inviting wine lovers to discover a new side of this beloved varietal.

    Exploring the world of fine wines, one cannot help but be drawn to the story of Hess Collection Winery in Napa, where the art of winemaking reaches new heights. The winery’s illustrious portfolio, particularly the Lion Tamer series, embodies the essence of Napa Valley’s viticultural excellence. At the heart of this collection, the Lion Tamer Cabernet Sauvignon and the Lion Tamer Red Blend stand out as testaments to the winery’s commitment to crafting wines that captivate and delight.

    The Lion Tamer wine, inspired by the idea of balance and harmony, symbolizes the relationship between the powerful, untamed spirit of the lion and the gentle, guiding hand of the lion tamer. This concept is beautifully realized in the Hess Lion Tamer Cabernet, particularly the vintages of 2019 and 2018, which showcase the rich tapestry of flavors that Napa Valley grapes can offer. The Lion Tamer Cabernet 2019, with its robust profile and the 2018 version, noted for its elegance, both demonstrate the exceptional skill of winemaking led by Dave Guffy.

    Hess Persson Estates, under the visionary guidance of the Hess family, including Donald Hess, has long been at the forefront of sustainable winemaking. This commitment is evident in every bottle of Lion Tamer wine, where meticulous care in the vineyard and the cellar ensures that each sip reflects the purity and intensity of Napa Valley’s terroir. The inclusion of varietals like Petite Sirah in the Lion Tamer Red Blend 2018 adds layers of complexity, enriching the wine with notes of black cherries and a depth that is both inviting and profound.

    For those looking to experience the majesty of Lion Tamer wines, the Hess Collection Winery’s customer-friendly Napa return policy ensures satisfaction with every purchase. Within 30 days, enthusiasts have the assurance of contacting customer service for support, highlighting the winery’s dedication to excellence not just in winemaking but in customer experience as well.

    The Lion Tamer series, including the Lion Tamer Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, is a brilliant showcase of the Hess Family’s winemaking philosophy. Crafted from grapes sourced from the best vineyards across Napa Valley, these wines are a tribute to the region’s rich viticultural heritage. The Lion Tamer ワイン (wine) and its siblings within the Hess Collection and Lions Head Collection capture the adventurous spirit of Napa, inviting connoisseurs and casual drinkers alike to explore the depth and breadth of flavors that only this region can offer.

    The Hess Lion Tamer Cabernet red wine and its companion wines represent more than just exceptional Napa Valley wines; they embody the adventurous spirit of winemaking, the legacy of the Hess family, and the enduring bond between man and nature. Through the skillful blending of tradition and innovation, Hess Collection Winery continues to enchant and inspire, offering a window into the soul of Napa Valley.

    15 reviews for Lion Tamer Cabernet Sauvignon 2021

    1. Ilana Edler

      The Hess Collection Lion Tamer Cabernet Sauvignon is a dream. The earthy, cocoa, and blueberry flavors are so rich and satisfying.

    2. Ronnie Sanderlin

      Just tried the Hess Lion Tamer Cabernet, and wow! The blackcurrant and dark fruit flavors are so intense and satisfying.

    3. Adam Brewer

      Hess Lion Tamer Cabernet is a must-try. The smoke and licorice flavors are so unique and blend perfectly with the jam and graphite notes.

    4. Joseph Geiger

      The Hess Collection Lion Tamer Cabernet Sauvignon is an experience. Stephanie Pope winemaker has outdone herself, creating a wine full of plum, cherry, and a hint of leather.

    5. Lisa Wampler

      Hess Lion Tamer Cabernet is a treat. The milk chocolate, vanilla, and oak flavors are wonderfully balanced and incredibly delicious.

    6. Richard Nelson

      The Lion Tamer Cabernet Sauvignon 2021 is a revelation. Raspberry, mint, and a hint of coffee make this a truly special wine.

    7. Angelo Hall

      Loving the Lion Tamer Cabernet. Dark chocolate and ripe blackberry flavors make this a truly indulgent treat. Hess Winery has really hit the mark with this one.

    8. Blake Dowdle

      The Lion Tamer Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is unparalleled. With notes of black fruit, pepper, and caramel, it’s a real standout.

    9. Ruth Brown

      The Lion and Tamer wine is my new favorite. It’s a beautiful blend of cassis, chocolate, and black cherry notes. So rich and delicious!

    10. Edgar Mode

      Stephanie Pope, winemaker at Hess Winery, has created a gem with the Lion Tamer Cabernet. The cream and dark chocolate flavors are to die for.

    11. William Espinoza

      Last but not least, the Lion Tamer wine from the Hess Collection Winery Napa is a joy. The smoke, licorice, and jam flavors make it a unique and delightful experience.

    12. Shawn Walsh

      Lion Tamer Wine from Hess Collection Winery Napa is a winner. With flavors of mocha, black plum, and ripe blackberry, it’s a taste sensation.

    13. Jay Lee

      The Lion Tamer Napa Valley wine is incredible. You’ll love the earthy undertones and the vibrant cocoa and blueberry flavors.

    14. Dwayne Frost

      The Hess Collection Winery Napa has created a masterpiece with the Lion Tamer Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The pepper and caramel notes are delightful.

    15. Johnathan Paul

      Just enjoyed the Lion Tamer Cabernet Sauvignon 2021 from Hess Winery. A complex blend of vanilla, oak and blackberry that’s just sublime.

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    Is Hess Cabernet Sauvignon good?

    This Cabernet Sauvignon is enhanced with touches of Petite Sirah and Malbec, creating a well-rounded and accessible red wine. It unfolds with layers of complexity, featuring flavors of black currant, black plum, and boysenberry jam, along with spices like clove, nutmeg, and coriander, and a subtle hint of black licorice and barnyard nuances.

    Who owns Hess Winery?

    Donald and Ursula Hess bonded over their mutual appreciation for art, a passion that has extended within the family. Today, Ursula's daughter, Sabrina, alongside her husband, Tim, carries forward this legacy, blending their love for wine and art with a dedication to making both accessible to everyone. Napa Valley is now where Tim and Sabrina have decided to establish their home, continuing the family tradition.

    Is Hess a good wine?

    The family's wine labels, including The Hess Collection from Mount Veeder and the Lions Head Collection from Napa Valley, are renowned for producing exceptional, critically acclaimed wines. Both are dedicated to sustainable farming and winemaking methods, underscoring their commitment to quality and environmental stewardship.

    Is Hess wine organic?

    Our Estate vineyards and winery operations have achieved sustainability certification from the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance for some time now. Advancing our commitment to environmental stewardship, we're excited to share that we've transitioned to fully organic farming practices. Currently, we're in the process of obtaining organic certification, a journey that takes three years.

    Critical Acclaim

    WE 95
    Wine Enthusiast
    Polished and perfumed, this elegant wine drinks easily now but has the balance and quiet concentration to help it improve for several years. Lush black cherries, black currants and blueberries fill the palate, buoyed on moderate tannins and spiced with toast, cinnamon and cedar notes from oak barrels.
    JS 92
    James Suckling
    Small amounts of malbec and petite sirah add some spices and raspberries to this 86% cabernet sauvignon. It shows the handsome black cherry intensity of cabernet and firm tannins while nicely layered. Drinkable young. Drink or hold.

    What does Lion Tamer Cabernet Sauvignon 2021 taste like?

    Earthy Flavors of the wine

    leather, earthy, mushroom

    Red Fruit flavors of the wine

    cherry, raspberry, red fruit

    Oaky Flavors of the wine

    oak, tobacco, vanilla

    apple, baked apple

    Black Fruit Flavors of the wine

    blackberry, plum, dark fruit

    Aromas and Flavors of Spices in the wine

    pepper, licorice, cinnamon

    Citrus notes found in the wine


    cheese, cream, sourdough

    Vegetal notes found in the wine

    bell pepper

    raisin, fig, prune

    Floral aromas found in the wine

    violet, hibiscus

    Food Pairing with Lion Tamer Cabernet Sauvignon 2021

    Our wine experts think this Bold and Structured Lion Tamer Cabernet Sauvignon 2021 wine would be a match made in heaven with these dishes. Bon appétit!

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