Hess Collection Lion Tamer Red Blend 2018 - 750ml

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This blend of Malbec, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Carignan is a satisfyingly rich, round and silky. The full-bodied, supple palate boasts flavors of black cherry, currant and blueberry alongside hints of game and tobacco.

Winemaker Notes

Hess has long been known for their big, bold, mountain Cabernets and a little Malbec finds its way into many of their blends. The name Lion Tamer has become a nickname for Malbec because they use it as their tannin tamer. Much like a Lion Tamer who uses a deft hand to soothe powerful, instinctive animals, Winemaker Dave Guffy uses Malbec to soothe powerful tannins. This red blend brings all the roar of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah, and when blended with Malbec, produces a big, lush wine that finishes with smooth and tamed round tannins.