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2011 Cliff Lede Vineyards High Fidelity Napa Valley

2011 Cliff Lede Vineyards High Fidelity Napa Valley
Wine Specs
Vintage
2011
Varietal
Red Blend
Appellation
Napa Valley
Bottling Date
July 2013
Alcohol %
14.7

Inspired by the right bank blends of Bordeaux, this blend is built on the silky suppleness of Merlot, with Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon adding structure, complexity and richness.  Red fruits dominate the aromatic profile of this wine, with pomegranate, kirsch, and strawberry pie layered with notes of brioche.  Intriguing hints of blood orange zest, sweet bay laurel, smoldering embers and dried tobacco expand the bouquet.  Silky tannins delight the senses, and bright acidity lifts and lengthens this beautiful wine.

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$80.00
 
SKU: 11HF00
Wine Profile
Vineyard Notes
The Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon lots in this blend are from our Twin Peaks estate vineyard, and the Cabernet Franc hails from acclaimed viticulturist David Abreu’s Madrona Ranch. Yields are maintained at sparse levels, ranging from two to three tons per acre, with meticulous attention to detail in the vineyard. The wine is composed of just a few of our best lots from our most cherished sites.
Production Notes
Grapes were picked in the darkness of the early morning hours, and immediately subjected to rigorous selection by our three-tiered sorting process, including our cutting edge optical sorter. The whole berries were gently delivered by gravity to tank using our crane system, minimizing disruption of berry integrity. Cold soaks lasted approximately five days, and fermentations were managed via a combination of délestage, pumpovers, and punchdowns. Extended maceration ranging from three to four weeks fine-tuned our tannin profiles, allowing us to perfect mouth feel and wine complexity. The wine was aged in French oak barrels for eighteen months, 85% of which was new. Final blend is 46% Merlot, 29% Cabernet Franc, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Verdot.
Winemaker Notes
Inspired by the right bank blends of Bordeaux, this blend is built on the silky suppleness of Merlot, with Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon adding structure, complexity and richness. Red fruits dominate the aromatic profile of this wine, with pomegranate, kirsch, and strawberry pie layered with notes of brioche. Intriguing hints of blood orange zest, sweet bay laurel, smoldering embers and dried tobacco expand the bouquet. Silky tannins delight the senses, and bright acidity lifts and lengthens this beautiful wine.
Production
840 cases
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