93 points Robert Parker: ...75% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Franc... p...Read more...
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 ... Read more
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 Read more
Nice and elegant with a truly Margaux-like finesse. Sweet nose of flowers, red and black currant and some graphite. Plenty of tannin. Creamy tex... Read more
Food Pairings for Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena
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.
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
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
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
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 fine-grained tannins and nice lift.
The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap is a nearly 9,000-case cuvee that is one of the best Cabernet Sauvignons one can buy at this price point, particularly given the Shangri-La prices of Napa. Deep ruby/purple with lots of red and black currants as well as hints of spring flowers and bay leaf, the wine is medium-bodied, with nothing out of place - acidity, wood, tannin, or alcohol. It is a supple, stylish wine that doesn't cheat the consumer on flavor or complexity. It should evolve for at least 15 or so years. One of the new up-and-coming wineries in Stags Leap is Cliff Lede, run by the proprietor of the same name and his winemaker Michelle Edwards. (none other than superstar David Abreu is the viticulturalist, and this is another place where Michel Rolland makes his semi-annual stop for consulting purposes.) 2006 turned out to be very successful for the wines of Cliff Lede, all displaying the elegance one expects from the Stags Leap region, but with substantial flavors as well as intensity.
Bright, deep ruby-red. Superripe aromas of currant, earth and smoky oak, lifted by a floral nuance. Round, seamless and broad without any heaviness; this really spreads out to coat the palate and fill the mouth. A suave wine with a nicely restrained ... Stephen Tanzer's IWC. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2007 Poetry (Cliff Lede) Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District 750ml
(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.
Polished, rich, elegant and supple, with rich cherry and blackberry flavors and a long, spicy finish. Has got to be the result of careful selection.
Plush and concentrated, yet elegant and stylish, with vivid black cherry, blackberry and black currant fruit that provides a tight, ripe focus. Picks up nice loamy earth and cedary oak character on the finish, where the flavors are pure and persistent. Drink now through 2014.
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.
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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