LIVE EACH DAY WITH THE HEART AND COURAGE OF THE LION.
-HESS FAMILY CREDO FOR NINE GENERATIONS
For nine 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.
The Lion Cabernet Sauvignon
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 and our winery home on Mount Veeder. “Live Each Day with the Heart and Courage of The Lion” has been the Hess Family credo for nine generations and The Lion Cabernet Sauvignon represents the very best Cabernet Sauvignon we produce from our estate vineyards on Mount Veeder in the very best vintages.
THE LIONESS Chardonnay
As the next generation takes the helm, The Lioness pays homage to the women of the Hess Family who now lead the pride. This Chardonnay blends the abundance and power of Napa Valley with an agile touch of winemaking to showcase the estate fruit.
WINES FROM DISTINCT REGIONS
The wines from each distinct region express the flavor characteristics of the region they were grown in.
The steep mountain slopes and higher elevation vineyards of Mount Veeder take advantage of the cooling marine influence from the San Pablo Bay, providing cool afternoon breezes and warmer nights creating microclimates that produce rich mountain fruit of distinct character.
Our Napa Valley vineyards benefit from the cooling influence of the San Pablo Bay in the southern part of Napa Valley making it ideal for growing Chardonnay while the warmer longer, growing season in the eastern part of Napa Valley is ideal for growing Sauvignon Blanc and other red varietals.
The Small Block Series searches out specific blocks of vines from Mount Veeder, Napa Valley and other unique vineyards throughout Northern California to produce uniquely flavored fruit deserving special attention.
Built around the needs of restaurants, the Hess Collection Shirtail Creek Vineyard Chardonnay and Shirtail Ranches Cabernet Sauvignon are carefully crafted to complement a diversity of cuisines and are equally at ease as an apertif or at the bar.
Mount Veeder is distinguished in Napa for having the highest elevation, coolest growing season and geographically diverse soils among its valleys and slopes. The Hess Collection Mount Veeder wines are known for complexity, structure and surprising elegance.