The Lion has been the emblem of the Hess family for generations. The Lions Head Collection of wines pays homage to the family emblem and represents the new generation of the Hess Family's vision to craft wines of distinction.
As fifth generation Hess family, Tim and Sabrina Persson maintain Donald Hess' founding commitment to craft world-renowned wines from the Napa Valley and Mount Veeder. They continually challenge convention to deliver wines of distinctive character and pursue innovation with the Hess winemaking team to develop complex wines that reflect a true sense of place. The name Lion Tamer has become our nickname for Malbec because we use this grape as a blending variety to tame powerful tannins. This Cabernet Sauvignon brings all the roar of Napa Valley and when blended with a touch of Malbec, produces a big, lush wine that finishes with smooth and tamed round tannins.
Vintage 2017 began with restorative rains that replenished soils, helped support vine growth and fortified our vineyards through the Spring. Harvest began normally with yields looking promising, but a late-August heat wave that continued into September caused harvest to pick up at a rapid pace. October was marked by wildfires in the North Coast, and while the fires devastated many homes and properties, much of the area's grapes were already picked with the majority of the state's vineyards not significantly affected. Despite it being a tumultuous year, most saw an abundant harvest with above normal yields that gave our winemakers quality fruit and the opportunity to develop wines with depth and character.