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Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Beautiful bottle-aged aromas are revealing themselves: forest floor, sweet tobacco, and leather. There are still hints of the primary blue and black fruits in the mouth framing a classic structure. The 2001 Poetry is really starting to peak at this point. Expect significant amounts of tartrates. Decanting is suggested.
"A stunning wine that shows off the excellence of its origin and the vintage. Long and deep in cherry, currant and mocha, with a round, creamy texture and plenty of smoky oak. The spicy finish lasts for a long time. So polished and delicious, it’s hard to resist now, but will age gracefully for many years. Note, though, that the Cliff Lede name appears only on the back of the label."
"A graceful wine, with an open-knit texture and supple plum, currant and blackberry fruit that turns elegant and polished, gaining complexity and nuance on the finish, where it picks up an earthy edge."
"Full ruby-red. Aromas of red- and blackcurrant, tobacco and menthol, lifted by notes of white pepper and dried rose petal. Dense and creamy-sweet, but with bright, harmonious acidity giving shape and verve to the redcurrant, tobacco, spice and floral flavors. A hint of Stags Leap earthiness adds complexity. This began with a slight herbal edge but blossomed nicely and held up impressively in the recorked bottle. Very suave cabernet, finishing ripe and long, with very good grip."
International Wine Cellar
"A fairly direct and accessible wine that shows equal parts of both cherries and sweet, creamy oak, this supple and nicely polished young Cabernet may not aim for the stars, but it is fruity and friendly and comes with a nice sense of charm. In contrast to some of its bigger and brawnier cousins, it avoids any untoward toughness, and its slight trim of tannin should soften out nicely with only a few years of age."
Established in 2002, Cliff Lede Vineyards encompasses 60 acres in the famed Stags Leap District of Napa Valley. Owner Cliff Lede, viticulturist David Abreu, winemaker Kale Anderson and consulting winemaker Philippe Melka have come together to form an unrivalled team, making the most of this remarkable property. Their state-of-the-art gravity-flow winery boasts a berry-by-berry...Read More About Cliff Lede
It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard...Read More About Napa Valley
(cab-uhr-NAY sow-veeh-yawn) King of Red Many refer to Cabernet Sauvignon as the king of red grapes. Perhaps that title is due to its ability to grow worldwide in a number of climates, or to the fact that it produces wine with such character yet such diversity. Either way, this grape is responsible, as a whole or a partner, for some of the greatest wines in the world. In Bordeaux,...Read More About Cabernet Sauvignon
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