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Live each day with the heart and courage of the lion.

-Hess Family credo for generations


For generations The Lion has symbolized the Hess family’s approach to life and accomplishments, supporting the notion that one should “Live Each Day With The Heart And Courage of A Lion.” The Lion well represents the bold and courageous spirit that brought Donald Hess to Mount Veeder nearly four decades ago, with a vision that the rugged terroir of Mount Veeder could produce wines equal to the world’s finest.

At a Glance

2015 Taste + Style

“I find The Lion Cabernet Sauvignon always presents an elegant, layered refinement in both flavor and texture. The 2015 vintage is no different as it showcases the signature style of Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvgnon with a rich, dense entry and a supple texture. On the nose, one enjoys bright aromas of black cherry and black plum with delightful notes of milk chocolate. Highly structured, the palate presents a beautiful spectrum of rich, brooding dark fruits supported by mouthfilling tannins. Hints of sweet vanilla oak and cardamom lead to a long satisfying finish.” – Dave Guffy, Director of Winemaking

2015 Vineyard + Production

The real story behind the 2015 growing season was that it was one of the earliest harvests on record, featuring variability in crop size, with some grapes affected more than others. As the drought continued, an early bud-break in spring led to a protracted bloom and fruit set, followed by cool weather that extended deep into May. Heat was minimal through the summer, but fruit marched quickly to ripening, even as an early September sprinkle slowed the pace for just a moment. In the end, we saw a slightly less abundant harvest than the immediately previous years.

The Lion is a winemaking collaboration between consulting winemaker Celia Welch and Hess Winemaker Dave Guffy.

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