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2004 Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain

2004 Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain
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Saturated purple and ruby colored, this multifaceted wine has a smorgasbord of aromas like violets, black licorice, graphite, spice box, and pine forest floor.  The flavors are a sumptuous medley of blackberry jam, iron, sage, and fresh mint. (as reviewed in April 2016)

Wine Specs
Vintage
2004
Varietal
Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation
Howell Mountain
Bottling Date
July 2006
Alcohol %
14.7
Wine Profile
Vineyard Notes
Our fruit is sourced from an exceptional high-elevation vineyard with volcanic soils in the Howell Mountain Appellation. Boasting a strong afternoon sun influence and a southwest exposure, moderated by late afternoon breezes, this vineyard’s Cabernet expresses strong spice and blueberry characteristics with an intense purity that’s unrivaled. Cooler nights permit the berries to maintain their structure and acidity throughout the ripening process.
Production Notes
Hand harvested into small thirty-five pound boxes, the grapes were destemmed to tank for a three-day, pre-fermentation cold soak. The Howell Mountain fruit underwent extended maceration to further develop the tannin structure. The free run was separated from the press wine and racked into thin-stave French chateau-style oak barrels (ninety percent of which were new), where the wine was aged for eighteen months. In order to preserve its inherent concentration and rich texture, the wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Winemaker Notes
Saturated purple and ruby colored, this multifaceted wine has a smorgasbord of aromas like violets, black licorice, graphite, spice box, and pine forest floor. The flavors are a sumptuous medley of blackberry jam, iron, sage, and fresh mint. (as tasted in April 2016)
Production
219 cases