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CLIFF LEDE CABERNET SAUVIGNON STAGS LEAP DISTRICT NAPA VALLEY 2011
91 POINTS - CELLAR SELECTION
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)
NVWE Notes: This textbook Stags Leap bottling is darkly ripe and complex, with fine zest behind all the richness. The nose opens with cassis, dark cherry and bitter chocolate the main themes and notes of blueberry, expresso bean, humidor spice, vanilla, sandalwood and laurel in support. It is plush in texture and already delicious on the palate, where the rich mouth-feel covers firming tannins and counterpoints the wines intrinsic zest. The finish carries through, with dark cherry, cassis, chocolate, vanilla, laurel and sandalwood flavors. Already satisfying, it should get better for another three years. Blended with 14% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petite Verdot a& 3% Malbec. 6017 cases produced.