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Cliff Lede Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District

Wine Description

(2012 Vintage) In the cool darkness of night, grapes were hand-picked into twenty-five pound bins to minimize crushing. By early morning, the grapes were subjected to rigorous selection by our three-tiered sorting process which includes our cutting edge optical sorter, and a slow, individual berry, hand sort. The fruit was gently gravity-delivered to small tanks and wooden cuves by our unique crane system which kept the berries intact. Cold soaks lasted from five to eight days, and fermentations were managed through a combination of pump overs and délestage. Extended maceration of up to six weeks ensured exceptional extraction and fine-tuning of tannin profiles. This wine underwent eighteen months of élevage in French oak barrels, 85% of which were new.

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    93 pts Wine Advocate, 91 pts International Wine Cellar. WA review: 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, 2-3 years of bottle age will be beneficial, and the wine should age for two decades.

    over 3 years
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    WS 82; rustic, wiht chewy, metallic edge to currant and berry flavors; uncharacteristic. consistent notes. drink now; 5K cases

    over 4 years
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  • Wine Spectator
    (2012 Vintage)
  • Wine Advocate
    (2005 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Wine Advocate on 12/07