The Lion

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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

2014 Taste + Style

“In this vintage of The Lion Cabernet Sauvignon, I find the nose filled with generous aromas of blue and black fruits – blackberry, blueberry and a hint of dark chocolate. To me, this wine is always refined and elegant, and in the 2014 vintage there is a density in both flavor and texture that draws me right to it. The palate displays a beautiful spectrum of rich, ripe, dark fruits supported by distinctive barrel spice flavors and mouth coating tannins. This Cabernet Sauvignon showcases the signature style of Mount Veeder fruit with depth and richness, a velvety texture and a lasting vibrancy.”
– Dave Guffy, Director of Winemaking

2014 Vineyard + Production

“The harvest of 2014 will be forever remembered for being blindingly fast. Many claim it was over in the blink of an eye…it wasn’t just fast, it started early (some grapes were at the winery in late August), meaning our crews spent Thanksgiving at home with their families, not a bad trade-off for some long days keeping up with the crush of grapes arriving at the winery Fast is one thing, of course, but the real focus is always on flavor, and once again, as has been the case for recent vintages, the fruit is simply spectacular, giving winemakers a chance to develop wines with real character, a vintage that is memorable on every measure: fast, ripe and furiously top quality.

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

2014 The Lion
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