Hess Collection Lion Tamer Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 - 750ml

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92pts Wine Spectator

Lush and fleshy, with cassis, boysenberry and blackberry preserve notes guided by hints of alder and mesquite. Stays open but defined through the finish, with a buried hint of sweet tobacco. Drink now through 2027.

91pts Wine Enthusiast

With 10% Petite Sirah and 7% Malbec, this Cabernet Sauvignon is effusively bright in dense layers of fruit. A moderate grip of tannin helps to give it additional power and length around a juicy midpalate of blueberry and vanilla.

90pts James Suckling

Concentrated nose of blackberry and blackcurrant jam, cocoa, cloves and vanilla. It’s full-bodied with firm, succulent tannins. Rich, generous layers of jammy fruit, sweet tobacco and spices. A little confected. Try from 2022.

Winemaker Notes

In crafting this wine, the goal is to achieve perfect balance between hedonism and elegance. They add a touch of Malbec to the blend to develop a softness in the tannins, making this a smooth and seamless wine. These supple tannins surround the palate, framing layers of juicy black cherry, dark plum and hints of rich mocha, with well-integrated vanilla and oak notes delivering a lengthy, elegant finish.