2018 Cliff Lede 'Magic Nights' Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District


The fruit in here hails from two rockin’ blocks in Cliff Lede’s Poetry and Twin Peaks vineyards. “Magic Bus” brings the structure, concentration and classis Stags Leap character, while Merlot from “Nights in White Satin” contributes luxurious perfume, plush texture, and loads of ripe, dark fruit. 80% New French Oak brings it all together and adds weight and rich spice to this elegant, energetic blend. Dark as a moonless night, the flavors of candied violet, warm summer berries and melted chocolate are, indeed, pure magic.

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.

Cabernet Sauvignon
Christopher Ty
21 months
Oak Treatment:
82% new French oak
Napa Valley
Stags Leap District
Magic Nights
Total Varietal Composition %:
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Score Vinous:
SKU #:
750 ml Bottle


The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Magic Nights is laced with inky dark fruit, licorice, crème de cassis, chocolate, sweet spice and licorice. I would give the tannins a few years to soften, but there is a lot to like and to look forward to here. This is an especially potent expression of Stags Leap, and it works so well. Winemaker Chris Tynan draws fruit from across all the Lede estate parcels. As always, this series, known as 'Rock Block' (with a name that changes each year) is especially luscious.