THE LION CABERNET SAUVIGNON
The Lion has served as the emblem of the Hess family for many generations, and it has come to symbolize the bold and persevering nature of founder Donald Hess. Today, the Lion continues to define the spirit behind the wines of The Hess Collection under the stewardship of the next generation of the Hess family. “Live Each Day with the Heart and Courage of The Lion” is the Hess family credo, and The Lion Cabernet Sauvignon represents the very best Cabernet Sauvignon we produce from our estate vineyards on Mount Veeder in the very best vintages. The Lion Cabernet Sauvignon is a winemaking collaboration between Consulting Winemaker Celia Welch and Hess Winemaker Dave Guffy, who together craft a wine of distinctive character.
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“The Lion Cabernet Sauvignon consistently presents an eloquent expression of Mount Veeder fruit with an exceptional refinement in both flavor and texture. Once again this vintage proves to be outstanding, as rich, delicious notes of cassis and blackberry announce an elegantly structured wine. On the palate, concentrated layers of supple black cherry and plum marry with elements of dark chocolate and espresso. This wine is supported by mouthfilling tannins, and the oak influence is gracefully integrated and marked by subtle sweet vanilla notes on the long, satisfying finish.”
– Dave Guffy, Director of Winemaking
2018 VINTAGE NOTES
Budbreak began on schedule at the end of February, and spring brought moderate temperatures that progressed into a warm summer without any disruptive heat spikes. Steady, consistent growing conditions provided the perfect environment for the fruit to mature and develop. As the moderate, even temperatures continued into the fall, harvest started slightly later than normal, and in some areas, extended long into the first week of November. With such lengthy hang time, the fruit matured consistently and was picked when it was at its peak, promising exceptional flavor in bottle.
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The Lion Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 Tasting Notes (PDF)