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.
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Pear, lime zest, and apricot blossom aromas awaken the senses. The mid-palate expands into a rich and long finish. Melon and lychee are supported by flinty minerality, making this wine a perfect pairing for spicy dishes.
Blend: 98% Sauvignon Blanc, 1% Semillon, 1% Muscadelle more
Vibrant black and bing cherry and wild berry aromas are complemented by anise spice and vanilla bean. A silky and inviting entry introduces flavors of cocoa and dark red fruit. This is a generous wine with refined tannins and the characteristic earthy minerality of Stags Leap District that carry... more
Vibrant black and bing cherry and wild berry aromas are complemented by anise spice and vanilla bean. A silky and in
viting entry introduces flavors of cocoa and dark red fruit. This is a generous wine with refined tannins and the characteristic earthy minerality of Stags Leap District that carry... more
Gravenstein apple and Meyer lemon greet the nose with floral, high notes of peach blossom. Pineapple and lychee are supported by fine-tuned minerality. A luscious mid-palette expands into a rich and long finish.
Blend: 99% Sauvignon Blanc, 1% Semillon more
Intense blackberry liqueur and espresso bean develop into rose and truffle oil aromas as the wine opens. Creamy and opulent, flavors of semi-sweet chocolate, mocha, and plum layer the front and mid-palate. A beam of fresh minerality (archetypal Stags Leap District character) frames the long silky... more
Intense citrus blossom, honeysuckle, and tropical undertones of pineapple, calamansi lime, and passion fruit describe the nose of the 2009 Sauvignon Blanc. The wider use of the Musque clone in this blend contributes to this vintage's intense floral and tropical flavors. Subtle notes of marzipan,... more
Black currant and citrus blossom aromas develop into plum, espresso, and allspice. Fine-grained tannins and a full, rich mid-palate expand through the finish with semi-sweet chocolate, balanced by fresh minerality. This is a well-balanced and elegant wine that will evolve for the next 20 years. more
The 2008 Cliff Lede Sauvignon Blanc displays aromas of Kaffir lime, iris, passion fruit, tarragon, citrus, white pepper, framboise, toasted almond, and freesia. With a poignant mouth defined by good glycerol weight, flavors of lemon meringue, honeysuckle, brioche and guava flow over the palate with... more
Seductive aromas of raspberry mousse, violets, allspice and graphite emanate from the glass. The palate is a combination of power and finesse. Rich layers of chocolate and cassis develop quickly in the mid-palate supported by a classic Stags Leap minerality. Luscious, soft, rounded tannins extend... more
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,... more