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94
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Cliff Lede 2001 Poetry Cabernet Sauvignon (Stags Leap District)

  1. $100

A stunning wine that shows off the excellence of its origin and the vintage. Long and deep in cherry, currant and mocha, with a round, creamy texture and plenty of smoky oak. The spicy finish lasts for a long time. So polished and delicious, it’s hard to resist now, but will age gracefully for many years. Note, though, that the Cliff Lede name appears only on the…

 — S.H.  (10/1/2004)
93
points

Cliff Lede 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon (Stags Leap District)

  1. $50

It was fun comparing this Cab with the winery’s ’02 Claret. Two more different wines couldn’t be imagined. This one, with considerably more Cabernet, is harder and firmer in tannins, with an impressively ripe core of black currants. Tastes oakier, too, but can easily handle it. Drink now through 2007.

 — S.H.  (12/15/2005)
92
points

Cliff Lede 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon (Stags Leap District)

  1. $50

From S. Anderson, of sparkling wine fame, this wine has that seductively lush Stags Leap quality of a velvety mouthfeel and mouth-filling warmth. But then those iron-fist-in-a-velvet-glove tannins kick in, lending astringency to the polished blackberry flavors. Will develop gracefully for years.

 — S.H.  (10/3/2004)
92
points

Cliff Lede 2004 *Barrel Sample* Cabernet Sauvignon (Stags Leap District)

Polished, rich, elegant and supple, with rich cherry and blackberry flavors and a long, spicy finish. Has got to be the result of careful selection.

 — S.H.  (8/1/2004)
91
points

Cliff Lede 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon (Stags Leap District)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $70

A classic Cab blended with smaller handfuls of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec, this 2011 is balanced and supple in plum, cassis and minty chocolate. The oak is accented in pretty ways by clove, sage and cardamom spice. Structured and soft, the finish is lengthy and the wine perfectly capable of waiting until 2019–2021 in a cellar.

 — V.B.  (11/1/2014)
91
points

Cliff Lede 2011 Moondance Dream Cabernet Sauvignon (Stags Leap District)

  1. $95

The winery’s Poetry Vineyard names its blocks for famous rock songs, this one a combination of Van Morrison’s “Moondance” and Aerosmith’s “Dream On.” The resulting wine, mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with smaller portions of Petit Verdot, Malbec and Merlot, is elegant in earthy cinnamon and clove followed by currant and black cherry, with a spiciness to the taste. The…

 — V.B.  (11/1/2014)
90
points

Cliff Lede 2010 Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $23

A fine, crisp Sauvignon Blanc, offering lots of sweet citrus fruits, honey and spices that venture into real complexity. The flavors of tangerines, Asian pears, Meyer lemons and green apples are rich and intricate, brightened by fine acidity.

 — S.H.  (11/1/2011)
90
points

Cliff Lede 2004 Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley)

  1. $18

Rich in fig, gooseberry, lemon and lime, chamomile and spice flavors, this bone-dry wine is impressively deep. It displays an elegance and finesse, as well as a power seldom found in California Sauvignon Blanc.

 — S.H.  (12/15/2005)
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