This is on the “must taste” list for anyone in search of a classic Cabernet Sauvignon that captures the essence of the formidable 2018 vintage. Blended with 13% Merlot and small amounts of Malbec, Petit Verdot and Cab Franc, this is “Thick, rich and intensely structured” according to Wine Enthusiast, who couldn’t help admire the “fervor of succulent red and black-currant and licorice” along with “a mineral-like earthiness of crushed rock.” Enjoy it now or let it languish in the cellar for a decade, just don’t let it pass you by.
Since founding his namesake winery in 2002, Cliff Lede has put every emphasis on creating a world-class wine estate. With 60 acres under vine throughout the Stags Leap District, a state-of-the-art winemaking facility and a team that includes famed viticulturist David Abreu and winemaker Chris Tynan, every detail has been considered in an attempt to take Bordeaux varietals to a whole new level. A rock and roll attitude that harnesses the energy and spark of the New World while channeling values of the great Old World winemaking properties, his wines are intrinsically connected to the land with a fresh view point that is both progressive and timely. The wine world is changing, and Cliff Lede and his team are at the forefront of the movement.
Blended with 13% Merlot and smaller amounts of Malbec, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, this is a focused and youthfully grippy wine, showing a fervor of succulent red- and black-currant and licorice. Thick, rich and intensely structured, it possesses a mineral-like earthiness of crushed rock and enduring structure.