2014 SONGBOOK Cabernet Sauvignon
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98+ points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate "A blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, and 7% Cabernet Franc with the rest Petit Verdot, is the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Songbook. Gorgeous crème de cassis notes, a hint of espresso and white chocolate jump from the glass of this inky purple wine. Multidimensional, extraordinarily rich, concentrated and full-bodied, this is another tour de force from Cliff Lede. The purity, the richness, the gravitas and overall character are amazing. This wine looks to be a candidate for 30+ years of drinking, which is especially long for a 2014." -December 2016
Songbook is sourced from two of acclaimed viticulturist David Abreu’s personally-farmed properties: Thorevilos Vineyard, situated between the St. Helena and Howell Mountain AVAs, and Madrona Ranch, nestled in the foothills of the Mayacamas mountain range. These vineyards produce grapes of exceptional character resulting from proprietary clones, extremely low yields, and meticulous farming. The result is a winemaker’s dream.
The 2014 vintage was a vintner’s dream. A dry winter with unseasonably warm temperatures prompted an early bud break, leading to one of the earliest harvests on record. Moderate weather throughout the spring and summer allowed the vines to achieve a good set. The dry conditions led to low vigor vines and small, abundant berries, creating very concentrated fruit that ripened with the warm fall days. With lovely autumn weather, harvest proceeded at a steady pace.
2014 Songbook is a fascinating combination of transcendent perfume and multitudinous flavors derived from these two celebrated vineyards. They intertwine in a way that makes a wine so complex that it defies traditional descriptions of Cabernet-based wines from Napa Valley. The volcanic soils of the Thorevilos Vineyard bring talc, melted dark chocolate, crème de cacao, and a core of red and black licorice aromas. The Madrona Cabernet Franc brings notes of fresh tobacco, coastal sage, pebbly rock, and dried berry. As the aromas are echoed in the flavors, essence of pine forest floor and espresso bean build seamlessly on a richly textured palate. A long crescendo of black licorice envelops the finish with accent notes of graphite and violets. - Christopher Tynan, Winemaker