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Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District 2006

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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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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
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Editorial Reviews for Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,020
4.50 5
12/14/2009

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


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4.50 5
12/11/2009

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.


Snooth User: rar8888
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4.50 5
09/29/2009

Extrodinarily well rounded. Elegant with an extremely long finish. Notes of dark fruit on both the nose and the palate.


Snooth User: Philip James
112,549
3.50 5
03/16/2009

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.


Snooth User: Wine Fire
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4.00 5
05/31/2011

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.


Snooth User: yoshiyoshi40541
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4.00 5
12/31/2009

Normally not a fan of cabs, but enjoyed this one quite a bit.


Snooth User: strobert
29984168
4.50 5
03/18/2010

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

External Review
05/22/2011

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
05/22/2011

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.


External Review
05/22/2011

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
04/06/2010

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. 8,853 cases made. -JL Wine Spectator. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2006 Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml


External Review
05/22/2011

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.


External Review
09/27/2011

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.


External Review
01/03/2012

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


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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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