2008 Cliff Lede Claret
Country : USA
Rating : Extraordinary
Vintage : 2008
Region : Napa Valley
Cliff Lede Vineyards was established in 2002 by Canadian born Bordeaux enthusiast, Cliff Lede, following the acquisition of a sixty acre estate in the Stags Leap District of Napa Valley. With a focus on producing wines from estate vineyards, Lede tapped David Abreu, considered the best viticulturist in Napa Valley, to replant the vineyards. Lede decided to name each vineyard block after some of his favorite rock songs and albums—from “My Generation” to “Dark Side of the Moon,” creating what is known today as the Cliff Lede Vineyards “Rock Blocks.”
In 2005, a state of the art, 25,000 square foot winery and cave system was etched into a hillside overlooking the estate vineyards. Not only did Cliff create a beautiful property, he also assembled an unrivaled team that shares his passion for quality. Today, Winemaker Christopher Tynan crafts Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc, with the flagship, Poetry Cabernet Sauvignon, sourced from the steep eastern hillside portion of the estate. In 2015, Cliff Lede Vineyards achieved both Napa Green Land and Napa Green Winery certification.
Established in 2002, Cliff Lede Vineyards encompasses sixty acres in the famed Stags Leap District. Owner Cliff Lede, Vineyard Manager David Abreu, Associate Winemaker Kale Anderson, and Consulting Winemaker Philippe Melka have come together to form an unrivalled team, making the most of this remarkable property.
Aromas of cherry, clay, and tangerine zest entice the nose, evolving into nutmeg, coffee, and dark maple
syrup. Balanced acidity braces the smooth, ripe tannins in the mid-palate, followed by boysenberry fruit
and a lingering chocolate-based finish.