Cliff Lede Poetry Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California

Item No. 103231
  • red wine
  • boutique wine
  • collectible wine
  • RP95
  • ST93
  • WS91
Style: Big & Bold

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2004
  • WS94

Winemaker's Notes

This multi-tiered wine boasts layers of complexity that evolve as the wine slowly decants. An initial burst of black licorice drizzled on a blueberry pie is accented by intensely perfumed posies. A second, deeper layer combines a kirsch component with sandalwood, nutmeg, and candied citrus notes. Such heady aromatics segue into rich and harmonious flavors of dark ripe cherry, cassis, and chocolate cordial framed by classically structured acidity and focused tannin. A svelte yet dense extract creates a finishing richness which declares that this is a wine for the ages.

Blend: 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot, 2% Merlot
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Critical Acclaim

"The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Poetry (925 cases of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Malbec, and the rest Petit Verdot and Merlot) is the richest of these wines. Superbly deep ruby/purple-colored with notes of blackberry, cassis, licorice, subtle smoke, and incense, this opulent wine has a plush palate, silky tannins, impressive purity, stature, and length. However, the tannins are there and the wine still tastes primary despite its enormous potential. Give it 3-4 years of bottle age and drink it over the following three decades."
95 Points

"Deep red-ruby. Deep aromas of currant, mulberry, tobacco, earth and musky game; the least obviously oaky of these wines. Suave on entry, then silky and fine-grained, with a restrained sweetness but considerable early appeal to the seamless berry and soil flavors. Finishes broad, with a fine dusting of tannins and excellent persistence. As good a wine as I've tasted to date from this producer."
93 Points

"Smooth, rich and fleshy, this is elegant and stylish, with savory herb, currant and blackberry fruit that's intense, concentrated, focused and persistent. Needs time."
91 Points

Learn About Cliff Lede Map ItMap It

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...

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Learn About Napa Valley

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...

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Learn About Cabernet Sauvignon

(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,...

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