92 Points Wine Spectator:Creamy and seductive with ripe currant mocha mineral and espresso notes that are full-bodied...Read more...
Lots of chili and grassy notes on the nose over note of vanilla, toast, cocoa, and crème de cassis notes. This is a bit cold in the mouth, tight a... Read more
Creamy fruit with buttered toast on the rewarding nose, good austere palate with very firm tannins and a full complement of herbs and chocolate. Fi... Read more
Extrodinarily well rounded. Elegant with an extremely long finish. Notes of dark fruit on both the nose and the palate. Read more
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Editorial Reviews for Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District
Lots of chili and grassy notes on the nose over note of vanilla, toast, cocoa, and crème de cassis notes. This is a bit cold in the mouth, tight and angry at being opened but with an emerging edge of fresh fruitiness. The tannins are refined, if copious with a really rich core of red and black berry fruit. Compressed on the finish as well but you can feel the fruit trying to break out through the finish. Quite a minty finale. This will definitely benefit from some time in the cellar but is well equipped to emerge a very complete wine in 2-4 years time. 92pts
Creamy fruit with buttered toast on the rewarding nose, good austere palate with very firm tannins and a full complement of herbs and chocolate. Finishes clean and fruity.
Extrodinarily well rounded. Elegant with an extremely long finish. Notes of dark fruit on both the nose and the palate.
The nose is a little too subdued, but in the mouth there's an explosion of eucalyptus, tar and toffee. Lighter than many Napa cab's, this wine is still very rich and fruity and then finishes on licorice, with more toffee.
At uncorking, a strong and pleasant medley of aromas jumps from the glass, with licorice and grassy notes predominating, with toasty vanilla and bright red fruits intermingling. The palate launches with a delightful combination of red and black berry flavors met by ample herbs, spices and a zingy acidity on the back. A balance of smooth fruitiness in the middle gives way to a velvety dryness as the long finish expands front to back and fills the mouth with a complex array of fruits and spices. At thirty minutes, a peppery zing increases during the finish, while a core of rich, creamy fruitiness continues to emerge in the center, with herbal notes on the back. At one hour, blackberry grows stronger in the midst of ongoing red fruit swells, and bass notes deepen Coffee, cocoa and blackberry cobbler begin to take part. At 1 ½ hours, spice and pepper integrate with a broader arrangement of fruit to produce a new balance on both nose and palate. At two hours, a touch of honey adds to the mix, creating a newly integrated harmony of fruit, spice, and floral, with a mild herbal influence infusing the background. At 2 ½ hours, licorice and spice return strongly. Honeyed blueberry and sweet grape notes add to the creamy fruit medley. At 3 hours, the complexity increases, and an elegant balance brings the wine to a peak of approachability and depth. At this point, the wine gains grip and the mouthfeel evolves from velvety to textured and even grainy.
Normally not a fan of cabs, but enjoyed this one quite a bit.
outstanding wine packed with dark fruit herby with just the right about of oak finish is smooth and goes on and on
External Reviews for Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District
Smooth-textured, with layers of creamy oak, herb, dried currant and loamy earth flavors that give this depth and a complex range of flavors. Ends with a long, focused and persistent finish. Drink now through 2013.
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.
(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.
(Barrel sample) 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.
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... Robert Parker. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2006 Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon Stag's Leap District 750ml
92 Points Wine Spectator:Creamy and seductive with ripe currant mocha mineral and espresso notes that are full-bodied deep and complex. Persistent and long on the finish ending with excellent structure. Drink now through 2018. 91 Points Robert Parker:The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap is a nearly 9000-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.
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