Wine Spectator | Rating: 93A graceful style that's elegant and expansive, with a broad range of supple currant, black cherry, pencil lead and shavings. Fans out and maintains a long, persistent finish. Drink now through 2025. 905 cases made.Author: James Laube
Wine Advocate | Rating: 94Cliff Lede's 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Poetry is showing beautifully today. It, too, is rather statuesque and towering. Layers of dark red fruit, flowers, crushed rocks and cloves inform this powerful wine. The 2009 has plenty of sweetness and depth, but it needs a few years for the tannins to soften. Regardless, it is striking. Hints of mocha, licorice and incense add complexity on the finish. The 2009 is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, 9% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2029.Author: Antonio Galloni
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94Good ruby-red. Lovely complex nose melds blackberry, redcurrant, dark cherry, rose petal, gravel and earth. Plush and sophisticated on the palate, but with plenty of shape and lift, not to mention power. This round wine finishes with fine-grained tannins, good weight and excellent persistence. Makes the '08 seem a bit green and spiky by comparison. Incidentally, this was the last vintage made by Michelle Edwards. Philippe Melka took over winemaking here in early 2010, and was responsible for blending the 2009s.Author: Josh RaynoldsIssue: May/June 2011
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Collector Data For This Wine
- 100 bottles owned
- 16 collectors