2016 Cliff Lede Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon

2016 Cliff Lede Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon

¥13,090 (incl. tax)

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Cliff Lede’s exemplary SLD Cab is the product of two estate vineyards: the Twin Peaks Ranch Vineyard, surrounding the winery, and the Poetry Vineyard on the eastern slopes looking down. The combination of ancient riverbed and rocky, volcanic soils gives the wine awesome depth, complexity and a minerality that’s characteristic of Stags Leap and reminiscent of Graves. 2016 in Stags Leap has been hailed as a winemaker’s dream vintage in which conditions were perfect for producing wines with beautiful fruit as well as tremendous concentration of flavors and layers of complexity. This wine expresses Stags Leap as few others can. It is opulent and intense yet structured and elegant with characteristic notes of red and black currants, violets and lavender. A wine so rich as this would pair well with steak au poivre, ragout of beef or lamb or braised duck breast.


Winery Description

Elegant... brilliant color.... lush and velvety.... fine cherry and red berry flavors... soft tannins.... Those notes capture Cabernet Sauvignon from the Stags Leap AVA. In the summer, these jagged, southwest-facing hills, stretching from the northeastern Napa City limits to the outer edge of Yountville, are toasted by the hot afternoon sun but cooled by the nighttime fog that rolls in off the San Pablo Bay. This climate along with well-drained alluvial and volcanic soils are the reason why Stags Leap wineries focus almost exclusively on Cabernet – the district works magic with the Bordeaux varietals. 

Purchasing vineyards and a winery near Yountville in 2002 makes Cliff Lede (pronounced Lay-dee) a newcomer to the Napa Valley, yet he grasped instinctively that his estate’s raison d’etre was to make transcendent Cabernet. With his vineyard manager, David Abreu, he has revived or replanted the vineyards and divided them into blocks according to varietal as well as subtle shifts in soil type, clonal or rootstock selection. The 60-acre estate comprises two diverse sets of vineyard. On the valley floor, the Twin Peaks Ranch surrounds the winery and contains all five of the major Bordeaux varietals. The Poetry Vineyard – mainly Cabernet Sauvignon and a bit of Cab Franc and Petit Verdot – is situated on the hills that rise up from the opposite side of the Silverado Trail. 

In the state-of-the-art, gravity-flow winery, grapes are meticulously hand-sorted and the wines may be fermented in egg-shaped cement tanks as well as more traditional stainless steel tanks and oak barrels. More significantly, each vineyard block will be fermented separately, ensuring that the particular qualities of each small patch of soil will have a chance to blossom before the final blend is made. Though many of the choices made in the vineyards and winery are labor intensive and costly, Cliff Lede is willing to make them in order to fashion the sort of wine expected from a part of the Earth as special as Stags Leap. 

About this Wine

Country USA
Region California
Appellation(s) Stags Leap District (Napa)
Winery Cliff Lede
Vintage 2016
Color Red
Varietal(s) 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot, 7% Malbec, 2% Cab Franc
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Bottle Size 8.0 x 30.5
Case Size 33.5 x 26.0 x 31.5
Alcohol 15.2%
Product Code CF16NCB
UPC 008261110193

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Tasting notes

93 points - Robert Parker; 93 points – James Suckling.

Dazzling aromas of boysenberry, ripe plums and blackcurrants with notes of sandalwood, cigarbox, and dusty earth precede a lithe and rich palate that offers layers of fig and dark cherry as well as cardamom and anise. Despite the intensity, the wine is elegant, structured and long in the finish.



Handpicked grapes were sorted by hand and optical sorter. A seven-day cold soak preceded fermentation and extended maceration of up to five weeks. The wine aged 21 months in 49% new French oak.

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