Grape: Malbec, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mourvedre, Petite Verdot, Merlot
Tasting Notes: Cherry, Spice, Plum, Herbs
The Lion has been the emblem of the Hess Family for nine generations. It has come to symbolize the bold and persevering nature of founder Donald Hess. Winemaker Dave Guffy uses Malbec, core of this blend, to soothe the powerful tannins of Cabernet Sauvignon.
The Lion Tamer Red Blend has integrated, lush tannins, a fresh backbone of acidity, and is medium to full bodied with paprika and white pepper notes on the finish, along with hints of nutmeg. The rich palate features baking spice, cherry vanilla, black plums, blackberry compote, black raspberry, herbs, and wild blueberries. It's a solid match for lamb chops.