Cliff Lede Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Winemaker's Notes:

"Bing cherry, kirsch, and dark chocolate aromas are complemented by hints of cardamom, star anise, and clove. A note of dried sage builds upon the earthy minerality redolent of crushed rock. Supple, supportive tannins create a velvety texture and lengthy finish for this elegant, mineral-laced wine.The fruit was sourced from our Twin Peaks Vineyard estate, as well as the hillside terraces of our Poetry Vineyard, and a few, select neighboring growers in the Stags Leap District. The wine is composed of small lots from many of our best blocks, representing a diverse range of carefully selected clones and rootstocks. From exposed, rocky terraces that are volcanic in origin to valley-floor alluvial soils, the breadth of contributing sites translates into a wine of impressive complexity." -Winery

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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 Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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4.50 5
Vintage: 2006 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
Vintage: 2006 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
Vintage: 2006 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
Vintage: 2006 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
Vintage: 2006 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
Vintage: 2006 12/31/2009

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


Snooth User: strobert
29984168
4.50 5
Vintage: 2006 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


Snooth User: Daniel Petroski
30091696
0.00 5
Vintage: 2005 05/06/2008

Approachable even as a big wine. A bit of Brett on the nose, but the texture in the mouth is soft and cedary with chewy tannins on the finish.


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External Reviews for Cliff Lede Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon

External Review
Vintage: 2009 02/28/2013

The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District shows off considerable focus and depth, not to mention terrific overall balance. Dark plums, cherries, spices, licorice and cassis are some of the notes that flow from this long, pure wine. Today the ta... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2009 Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District 750ml


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Vintage: 2006 01/16/2009

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


External Review
Vintage: 2006 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.


External Review
Vintage: 2006 05/22/2011

There are 5,800+ cases of the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District. A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, and the rest a dash of Malbec and Petit Verdot, it is a beauty. It shows the elegance and finesse of the cooler southern end of Napa with beautiful floral, black raspberry, and currant notes mixed with some cedar, a whiff of tobacco leaf, spring flowers, and well-integrated wood. The wine is medium to full-bodied and cuts a nice, deep, rich, but delicate feel in the mouth. This is a stunner that should drink gracefully for 15 or more years.


External Review
Vintage: 2006 05/22/2011

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.


External Review
Vintage: 2006 05/22/2011

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
Vintage: 2006 05/22/2011

(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.


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"Bing cherry, kirsch, and dark chocolate aromas are complemented by hints of cardamom, star anise, and clove. A note of dried sage builds upon the earthy minerality redolent of crushed rock. Supple, supportive tannins create a velvety texture and lengthy finish for this elegant, mineral-laced wine.The fruit was sourced from our Twin Peaks Vineyard estate, as well as the hillside terraces of our Poetry Vineyard, and a few, select neighboring growers in the Stags Leap District. The wine is composed of small lots from many of our best blocks, representing a diverse range of carefully selected clones and rootstocks. From exposed, rocky terraces that are volcanic in origin to valley-floor alluvial soils, the breadth of contributing sites translates into a wine of impressive complexity." -Winery

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