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The Unexpected Story

Hess Persson Estates

The Unexpected Story

The Unexpected Story is a reminder to embrace beautiful, and sometimes surprising, moments. We never expected Malbec would help us redefine what "bold" means in Napa Valley winemaking. Who knew a Malbec-led Napa Red Blend could be so delicious?

Confident and curious, Lion Tamer from The Lions Head Collection is for the next generation of wine lovers. Indulgently tame Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, a Malbec-centered blend, and a single varietal of Mount Veeder-grown Malbec come together to create The Unexpected Story.

The Unexpected Story 3-pack includes one bottle each:

  • 2021 Lion Tamer Cabernet Sauvignon - 95 POINTS, Wine Enthusiast
  • 2021 Lion Tamer Red Blend
  • 2019 Small Block Series Mount Veeder Malbec - 96 POINTS, Wine Enthusiast

Malbec grown at the summit of Mount Veeder achieves an ideal flavor profile of violets and red fruits, with a signature punchy fuchsia color.

Lion Tamer Red Blend uses these qualities in Malbec to rebalance the flavors and textures between classic red Napa Valley varietals: Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Merlot, and Petit Verdot.

Lion Tamer Cabernet Sauvignon holds all the power you expect from a Napa-grown Cabernet, softened with just the right touch of Malbec. Flavors of fresh black plums and toasted cocoa with plush tannins make it perfect for sharing.


The 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.

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