Redefining Bold in Napa | Wine Fanatic

Redefining Bold in Napa | Wine Fanatic



Daring. Self-assured. Edgy. These are the words that occur to head when encountering the Lions Head Selection of wines for the 1st time. Motivated by the winemakers’ craft, this assortment is an expression of future generation wines. Tim and Sabrina Persson have designed this assortment to ignite discussion all around the artistry of these wines, and the dynamic, charming wine labels showcase the electricity behind them.

Tim & Sabrina Persson, proprietors and visionaries at the rear of the Lions Head Collection. Photo by Dawn Heumann

The two Tim and Sabrina started their journey exterior the US in Switzerland, London and Southern Africa. The name “Lions Head” comes from Lions Head mountain, a put in South Africa quite near to Tim’s heart. However, their worldwide journeys in the long run led them to the Napa Valley the place they have observed their genuine contacting.

“We truly desired to attract on that journey,” says Tim Persson. “And to some degree, use an outsider’s standpoint to make confident that we problem norms and truly thrust the needle with what we ended up undertaking right here in Napa. To ultimately dare ourselves to make definitely kick-ass wine for the upcoming technology.”

Their first troubles might have been understated – with their initial many years really examined by nature, as fires and mudslides threatened their winery, and an earthquake in 2014 that ruined their cellar, crushing the tanks from the inside of out. But these setbacks only fortified Tim and Sabrina’s desire to persevere. They rebuilt the cellar, investing in the most progressive winemaking technological innovation offered right now and in very first-class vineyard tactics that now give everyday living to this assortment of manufacturers.

A crushed tank in Lions Head Cellar preserved as an art piece and reminder of the tough beginnings and inspiration for Lions Head Wines.  Image by Dawn Heumann

“Whether it’s an optical sorter that enables us to truly dial in and pick only the most effective fruit from the vineyard or regardless of whether it’s our smaller lot fermentation tanks, which are double insulated and controlled by iPads and let us to seriously management the temperature for fermentation in a way that previously was not probable, or irrespective of whether it is the way in which we do sensory assessment in our labs, all of this has a area in fantastic wine, and all of it enables us to thrust the boundaries that significantly additional forward.” suggests Tim Persson.

Winemaker Stephanie Pope (center) tasting little large amount tank samples with Tim & Sabrina. Photo by Dawn Heumann

Lion Tamer Cabernet Sauvignon and Crimson Mix are a new get on these classic Napa wines, incorporating higher elevation Malbec to produce a smooth and seamless wine. The title “Lion Tamer” has turn into the Lions Head Collection winemakers’ nickname for Malbec due to the fact it is used as a blending wide variety to tame the powerful tannins in mountain-developed fruit.

The Panthera brand showcases a distinctive side of the Sonoma Coastline and displays each a vivid element of fruit and a confident oak profile. Panthera Pinot Noir and Panthera Chardonnay seize the winemakers’ adept command to launch a boldness wherever you least assume it.

Picture by Dawn Heumann

While each and every vintage and harvest provides a distinctive established of issues and road blocks, the Lions Head Assortment is established in resilience. “Each vintage is such an adventure,” claims Sabrina Persson “and what I like is that at the conclusion of the working day, you have this awesome bottle of wine that is delicious and provides individuals together. What’s not to love?” To encounter the bold flavors and artistry of these next generation wines, go to the to order and be a part of the discussion close to these wines.

Published on November 24, 2020