Lion Tamer Cabernet Sauvignon re-imagines what a Napa Valley Cabernet can be. The well-known power of valley floor Cabernet Sauvignon is harnessed and softened by our mountain-grown Malbec. Supple tannins surround the palate, framing layers of juicy black currant, dark plum and hints of espresso, with well-integrated notes of baking spice from oak aging presenting an elegant finish.
“In crafting this wine, our goal is to achieve perfect balance between hedonism and elegance. We 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.”
– Stephanie Pope, Winemaker
TECHNOLOGY AND WINEMAKING
Our Lions Head Cellar houses some of the most progressive winemaking technology allowing our winemakers to craft wines of exceptional quality that showcase the distinctive lands from which they come. The winemakers leverage tools like our optical sorter, which ensures only the highest quality berries are delivered to the fermentation tanks; and cutting-edge tanks, which facilitate 24/7 monitoring of pumpovers and micro-adjustments to be made throughout the winemaking process.
RESILIENCE IN THE VINEYARD
Each vintage presents a unique set of challenges and obstacles. Vintage 2018 began with a warm end to February, and spring brought moderate temperatures that progressed into a mild summer. Steady growing conditions continued into the fall with harvest starting slightly later than normal, and in some areas, extending into the first week of November. After such lengthy hang time, the fruit was picked at its peak, promising exceptional flavor in bottle.
86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Malbec, 6% Petite Sirah