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Date Printed: 12/27/2014
Cliff Lede Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
Cliff Lede Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
(search item no. 83649)

PRICE ON 12/27/2014: $49.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Driven by Cabernet, the blend includes three more of the five red Bordeaux grapes. Each of the blending grapes contributes to the final wine; Merlot adds richness and weight, Cabernet Franc contributes aromatics, and the Malbec intensifies color and spiciness. This is an aromatic wine. When decanting (which we suggest for our young red wines) the whole room fills with aromas of Bing cherry, clove and grilled brioche. A full and rich wine on the palate, flavors of huckleberry, cassis and vanilla carry through to a persistent finish.
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About Cliff Lede Vineyards:

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 sorting system and conical tanks commissioned using a design inspired by the tanks of Chateau Latour. One tank per vineyard block ensures each lot evolves at its own pace and acres of caves with single-layer barrel storage ensure access to each barrel at all times. The winery produces Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Their flagship, Poetry Cabernet Sauvignon, is crafted from the steep hillside portion of the estate.