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Cliff Lede Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 (Napa Valley, California) - [RP 93] [ST 91]
Cliff Lede Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 (Napa Valley, California) - [RP 93] [ST 91]


 
 

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Retail Price: $60.00
Artisan Wine Depot Price: $53.99
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Winery: Cliff Lede
Varietal: 75% Cab/12% Merlot/7% Malbec/4% Cab Franc/2% P. Ve
Region: Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
Vintage: 2007
Bottle Size: 750 ml

Product Code: CLIFFLEDECAB07-W

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Why this is a "Must Have" Cab:
  • Cult winemaking team from Colgin: Michelle Edwards and Philip Melka from Chateau Haut Brion, Chateau Petrus, and Dominus-named one of the TOP 9 wine consultants in the world by Robert Parker.
  • From Stag's Leap District.
  • Sumptuous yet sophisticated; tremendous price to value ratio with notes of dark chocolate and roasted espresso. This wine has both girth and length from aromas in the beginning to the lingering finish.
Blend:
75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 7% Malbec, 4% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot


What Does It Taste Like?

Forest floor and Chanterelle mushroom greet the nose immediately. The aroma quickly develops into layers of cardamom, clove, and leather. After decanting, citrus blossom, blackberry jam, and dried currants evolve. This wine is unquestionably Stags Leap District: balanced fine-grained tannin, concentration, and fresh minerality. Satsuma peel, dark chocolate, black cherry, and damson plum characterize the lengthy finish. At cellar temperature, further rewards can be found up to 24 hours after uncorking, in the form of maraschino cherry and raspberry.


Ratings & Reviews

93 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"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.

As the results attest, owner Cliff Lede, manager David Abreu, and up and coming winemaker Michelle Edwards are all obsessed with high quality. The ubiquitous Michel Rolland is also in the background for blending, consulting, etc. The 2007s appear to be stunning efforts." - Robert Parker (12/2009)

91 Points - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar:
"Good full ruby-red. Cassis, minerals, mocha, brown spices and a hint of nutty oak on the rather reticent nose. Then supple, rich and sweet, with a lush texture and insidious intensity to the dark fruit and mineral flavors. The suave finish features fine-grained tannins and nice lift." - Stephen Tanzer (May/June '10)

91 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2008 vintage):
"The least expensive cuvee, the 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap, exhibits a deep plum/ruby/purple color along with a sweet perfume of cedar, black currants, flowers and a subtle hint of toast. Medium to full-bodied with beautiful density, ripeness, elegance and balance, it should drink well for 15+ years." - Robert Parker (Dec 2010)



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