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Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena 2007
93 points Robert Parker: ...75% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Franc... perfectly balanced... dense purple color along with a big, sweet nose of spring flowers, black and red currants as well as graphite. It is deep, rich, young, and promising with plenty of tannin, but an unmistakable, profound minerality... (Dec 2009)
The nose begins tight at uncorking, and only spreads into a broader array at 2 hours, reaching a peak of aromatic complexity at about 3 hours. At its fullest points, the nose reveals blueberry, cherry, dusty soil and graphite, surrounded by various smoky, earthy, and woodsy scents intermingling. At three hours, dark chocolate emerges to give the aromatic harmonies new bass notes. The palate also peaks at three hours, offering up a strong vertical array of delicate cherry, rich blueberry, and fully ripened dark berries in the center, pepper and spice on the top, with dark chocolate dancing across the floor beneath. Earthy and vegetal notes pass through fleetingly, adding to interest and complexity. This wine shows best between three and four hours after uncorking.
Nice and elegant with a truly Margaux-like finesse. Sweet nose of flowers, red and black currant and some graphite. Plenty of tannin. Creamy texture, rich and nice. - Marché Bacchus 10/9/10
Very nice with big, sweet tannin and vanilla tones. Wonderful bouquet of fruit and flowers on the nose and palate. Very tasty! - WS Grand Tour 2011
First of all, the 2007 vintage of Napa valley is regarded as one of the best of all time. This wine has a good and clean color. On the nose, this wine has, somehow, a lot of things to offer. A lot of black fruits, cassis, blackberry, a hint of licorice, very fruit-forward, and A LOT of oak! On the midpalate, there is a lot of heat and oakyness going on and it is almost the only thing you feel at this stage. Finish, it is long, very tannic, harsh, and not really pleasant (because of the oakyness). There are also some black fruits shyly dancing on my palate. Overall, this wine has a good nose, a little bit below average midpalate, and unpleasant finish. Because of the amount of oakyness and heat this wine has, I think this wine is a little bit (just a little bit) disjointed and unbalanced. I feel the oakyness and heat are at one place and all the fruity flavors are at another place. Also, this wine shows that it has some potential. Clearly it will evolve during the next 9 to 16 years. However, I totally disagree with Robert Parker (a wine critic that I like the most). I am 87 on this effort. Happy drinking!
Rustic, earthy with understated fruit. "Old World" style Cali cab?
External Reviews for Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena
The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap (75% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Franc) is everything that one expects in a wine from this sector that is known for elegance, harmony, and Margaux-like finesse. A perfectly balanced Cabernet, it exhibits a dense purple color along with a big, sweet nose of spring flowers, black and red currants as well as graphite. It is deep, rich, young, and promising with plenty of tannin, but an unmistakable, profound minerality. Although accessible, 2–3 years of bottle age will be beneficial, and the wine should age for two decades.
Bright red-ruby. Currant, tobacco, mocha and a whiff of tarry oak on the nose. Supple, broad and sweet but with good shape and structure to the flavors of dark berries, mocha and spicy oak. A bit chunky but satisfying. Finishes with big, chewy tannins and a chocolatey quality.
(Barrel tasting) Dark, immense and concentrated, it packs in loads of potent currant, earth and blackberry flavors, along with a dash of pencil lead and cedar. Finishes with a firm, chewy band of tannins.
(Barrel tasting) A solid effort, with ripe, rich currant and blackberry flavors, with a nice touch of mocha-laced oak. This is a well-balanced, very complete effort.
(Barrel tasting) Great structure, density, concentration, focus and range of flavors; clearly one of the best wines of the tasting. Packed with firm, rich, vivid currant, fresh earth and blackberry flavors that are intense and persistent, and ending with rich, integrated tannins.
Good full ruby-red. Cassis, minerals, mocha, brown spices and a hint of nutty oak on the rather reticent nose. Then supple, rich and sweet, with a lush texture and insidious intensity to the dark fruit and mineral flavors. The suave finish features f... Stephen Tanzer's IWC. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2007 Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon Stag's Leap District 750ml
Good deep ruby-red. Roasted plum, tobacco, earth and licorice on the nose, complicated by dried flowers, underbrush and brown spices. Broad, supple and rich; began dry and a tad warm but turned sweeter with air. Ultimately suave and nutty, with subtle notes of plum, flowers and smoky herbs. Finishes with dusty tannins and very good length.
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