The Lioness is dynamic and beautifully balanced with a lush texture and layered flavors. Delicious notes of crème brûlée and vanilla are lifted by a core of bright acidity running throughout. Hints of poached pear are complemented by undertones of well-integrated toasty oak that persist throughout a long satisfying finish.
The Lioness represents Hess's biggest, boldest style of Chardonnay. The 2017 Chardonnay The Lioness was aged 18 months in 50% new French oak with lees stirring and was bottled unfiltered. Fruit comes from the Hess Estate in south Napa. It gives up gregarious scents of mangoes, pineapple tart, peach cobbler and acacia honey with nuances of lime blossoms, spice cake and toasted almonds. Big, concentrated and sporting tons of exotic fruit and savory/nutty layers, the creamy texture is beautifully offset by a wicked backbone of freshness and a fantastically long finish. Yum! Only 1,500 cases were made.
- 71% from the Red Hen Vineyard
- 29% from Matthiasson’s Linda Vista Vineyard
Harvest date: September 14, 2018
Bottling date: July 15, 2019
Bottle size: 750 mL
Titratable Acidity: 5.58 g/L
Residual sugar: .3 g/L
2020 Wine Enthusiast – 91 Points
Decanter – 91 Points
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