2005 Cliff Lede - Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Vinfolio | Rating: 95

This may very well be one of the prettiest wines so far to come out of Cliff Lede, made by Michelle Edwards. The location of the former S. Anderson winery, near the intersection of Yountville Cross and Silverado Trail, has been transformed into a modern, state-of-the-art facility under the guidance of this remarkably talented winemaker. I don't typically experience this kind of quality in wines much over 1,000 case production. With nearly six times that much produced, the wine is still highly allocated.

The nose is concentrated and pretty rich showing licorice, salt, black currant and blackberry. The palate is classic Stags Leap - boldly focused structure with undulating, vibrant black fruits. Firm, but beautifully sculpted. The finish is chocolate and blackberry.

Author: Vinfolio Team
Issue: 137

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 92

There are 5,800+ cases of the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District. A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, and the rest a dash of Malbec and Petit Verdot, it is a beauty. It shows the elegance and finesse of the cooler southern end of Napa with beautiful floral, black raspberry, and currant notes mixed with some cedar, a whiff of tobacco leaf, spring flowers, and well-integrated wood. The wine is medium to full-bodied and cuts a nice, deep, rich, but delicate feel in the mouth. This is a stunner that should drink gracefully for 15 or more years. Canadian businessman Cliff Lede has Michelle Edwards as his winemaker, David Abreu as his viticulturalist, and of course none other than Michel Rolland as his winemaking consultant, so big things are expected. If 2005 is any indication, they are already well on their way to making world-class wines. This 60-acre property with the vineyards and winery in the Stags Leap area and the winery right on the Yountville cross (across the road from another up-and-coming superstar, Kapcsandy) made their first vintages in 2002, but I think the 2005s move this winery to higher ground.

Drink Dates: 2007-2022
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 174

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 92-91

Great structure, density, concentration, focus and range of flavors; clearly one of the best wines of the tasting. Packed with firm, rich, vivid currant, fresh earth and blackberry flavors that are intense and persistent, and ending with rich, integrated tannins.

Author: James Laube

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 89

($50) Good deep ruby-red. Roasted plum, tobacco, earth and licorice on the nose, complicated by dried flowers, underbrush and brown spices. Broad, supple and rich; began dry and a tad warm but turned sweeter with air. Ultimately suave and nutty, with subtle notes of plum, flowers and smoky herbs. Finishes with dusty tannins and very good length.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 138

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 93
Author: Yamadori
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 06/14/2011

Rating: 93
Author: Dan McD
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 11/14/2011

Rating: 92
Author: Anonymous Author
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 08/09/2013

Rating: 92
Author: Hecwines
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 11/30/2014
Dusty tannins and nice spicy finish. Still has a lot of life

Rating: 91
Author: minnowboy
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 10/05/2011
This bottle much better than the one I opened several months ago. Almost a fruit bomb but well balanced with smooth tannins and a extra long finish

Average rating: 92, based on 9 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

1571 bottles owned by 577 collectors.

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Wine Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon is perhaps the world's best known red variety, with its full-bodied, intense profile. An offspring of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, it is the primary grape of Bordeaux's Left Bank (Medoc and Graves regions) and the Napa Valley, but can be found growing all over the world. Typical descriptors for Cabernet Sauvignon are cassis, cedar, mint, black pepper, eucalyptus, and pencil lead.

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