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Date Printed: 7/22/2014
Cliff Lede Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Cliff Lede Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
(search item no. 104657)
The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/22/2014: $59.99

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
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:

Forest floor and Chanterelle mushroom greet the nose immediately. The aroma quickly develops into layers of cardamom, clove, and leather. After decanting, citrus blossom, blackberry jam, and dried currants evolve. This wine is unquestionably Stags Leap District: balanced fine-grained tannin, concentration, and fresh minerality. Satsuma peel, dark chocolate, black cherry, and damson plum characterize the lengthy finish. At cellar temperature, further rewards can be found up to 24 hours after uncorking, in the form of maraschino cherry and raspberry.
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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.