Hess Collection Lion Tamer Red Blend 2015 - Buster's Liquors & Wines
Hess Collection Lion Tamer Red Blend 2015
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Hess Collection Lion Tamer Red Blend 2015

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We affectionately call this wine "Tamer" because blending Lion Tamer is both challenging and rewarding especially when you start with Malbec as the core. Malbec on its own brings heady floral aromas of violets and can be what I call the wild child. Big, bold and juicy upon entry, Malbec is virtually loaded with flavor. When you layer in Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Cabernet Sauvignon, you get complex layers of blackberries, milk chocolate, black plums and exotic perfume that carry throughout a plush texture and a ripe juicy core of black fruits. The signature of Lion Tamer is a generous palate of black raspberry and surprisingly lush tannins. For the 2015 vintage we found a secret blender - Mourvedre! Just 2% of the blend but WOW what a great touch of bright red fruit it brings. This vintage explodes with brightness - it jumps right out of the glass. Concentrated in the mid-palate and graceful in its power, the wine has gorgeous notes of cassis, clove and candied licorice wrapped in bright cherry and vanilla.
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The 2015 Lion Tamer shows just how compelling Malbec can be on Mt. Veeder. Succulent, resonant and super-expressive, the 2015 has so much to recommend it. A rush of dark cherry, plum, smoke, new leather, licorice and spice builds in this striking, extroverted wine from Hess.

Antonio Galloni, July 2018
Wine Spectator
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Smooth and harmonious, with supple cherry, dark berry, cedar, gravel and floral notes that glide across the palate gracefully, ending long and pure. Malbec, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Mourvèdre. Drink now through 2028. 4,547 cases made.

James Laube, June 15, 2018
Wine Advocate
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Composed of 50% Malbec, 23% Zinfandel and 11% Petite Sirah with smaller parts of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Mourvèdre, the 2015 Proprietary Red The Lion Tamer is scented of warm blackcurrants, preserved plums and dark chocolate with touches of pencil shavings, dried Provence herbs and underbrush. Medium to full-bodied, it fills the palate with ripe black fruit and plush tannins, finishing long and lively.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown, October 31, 2017

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