"The 2004 Stags Leap Cabernet Sauvignon is a pleasantly ripe wine that is still fresh and alive. I think it is drinking at its peak right now, but would be enjoyable for another 5 years or so." - tasted by the winemaking team in January 2017
Fruit was sourced from our estate vineyard on the Yountville Cross Road and the hillside terraces of our Poetry vineyard. Many vineyard blocks, comprising a wide range of rootstocks, clonal selections and trellis systems are included in this blend.
Hand harvested into small 35-pound boxes, the grapes were destemmed to tank for a three-to-five-day, pre-fermentation cold soak. The juice was inoculated and the wine underwent a seven to ten day warm fermentation in an effort to promote extraction. Selected lots were held on the skins after fermentation for nearly a month to further develop the tannin structure. The wine was racked into thin-stave French, chateau-style oak barrels (eighty-seven percent of which were new), where the wine was aged for twenty months. In order to preserve its inherent concentration and rich texture, the wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered. The final blend is composed of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec, and 5% Petit Verdot.
The 2004 Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon opens with pronounced notes of vibrant cassis, violets, sabra, and black cherry coulis. In the palate a mélange of flavors outlined by red currant, hazelnut, and blood plum fill the mouth in a procession of tight and gently-integrated tannins with just a hint of cacao nibs. This brooding and exorbitant Cabernet displays the complexity, the finesse, and the elegance reflective of the Stags Leap Appellation.