Wine Advocate Review
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.
Wine Spectator Review
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.
VinoUS Media Review
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)
Wine Tasting Notes
The signature of Lion Tamer is a generous palate of black raspberry and surprisingly lush tannins. For this 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.
50% Malbec, 23% Zinfandel, 11% Petite Sirah, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot, 4% Merlot and 2% Mourvedre