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Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena 2007

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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)

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Cliff Lede Vineyards:
Established in 2002, Cliff Lede Vineyards encompasses sixty acres in the famed Stags Leap District. Owner Cliff Lede, viticulturalist David Abreu, Winemaker Michelle Edwards, and consultant Michel Rolland have come together to form an unrivalled team, making the most of this remarkable property. Completed in time for crush 2005, the new state-of-the-art gravity-flow winery boasts a berry-by-ber... Read more
Established in 2002, Cliff Lede Vineyards encompasses sixty acres in the famed Stags Leap District. Owner Cliff Lede, viticulturalist David Abreu, Winemaker Michelle Edwards, and consultant Michel Rolland have come together to form an unrivalled team, making the most of this remarkable property. Completed in time for crush 2005, the new 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 Château 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. No corner has been cut. The winery produces Sauvignon Blanc, Claret and Cabernet Sauvignon. The flagship, Poetry Cabernet Sauvignon, is crafted from the steep hillside portion of the estate. The land, the talent, the tools and the passion: Cliff Lede Vineyards, a notable addition to the Stags Leap District. Read less

Member Reviews for Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena

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Snooth User: Wine Fire
577933841
4.00 5
05/08/2011

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.


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
4.00 5
10/11/2010

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


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
4.00 5
01/30/2012

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


Snooth User: 111ImNumber1
822657194
2.00 5
06/01/2011

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!


Snooth User: Middletucky
106260183
0.00 5
07/06/2011

Rustic, earthy with understated fruit. "Old World" style Cali cab?


Snooth User: alecbaldwin
91605772
5.00 5
08/24/2011

Five glasses


External Reviews for Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena

External Review
04/18/2013

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.


External Review
05/18/2011

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.


External Review
05/18/2011

(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.


External Review
05/18/2011

From S. Anderson, of sparkling wine fame, this wine has that seductively lush Stags Leap quality of a velvety mouthfeel and mouth-filling warmth. But then those iron-fist-in-a-velvet-glove tannins kick in, lending astringency to the polished blackberry flavors. Will develop gracefully for years.


External Review
01/10/2013

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, 2andndash;3 years of bottle age will be beneficial, and the wine should age for two decades.


External Review
05/18/2011

Firm and intense. Offers a brilliant core of pure cassis and currant, with hints of tobacco, cedar, herb and spice. Great length, with fine, integrated tannins, especially for the vintage. Drink now through 2011.


External Review
09/22/2010

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


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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)

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