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2005 Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain

2005 Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain
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Dense and intense, this wine evokes a springtime wildflower meadow high on a jagged mountain peak. Aromas of minerals seamlessly integrate with more delicate floral aromas of violets, mulberries and plum blossoms, tied together in a coarse backbone of sarsaparilla root, cacao and vanillin. The mouth, still youthful, displays a tight core of fresh plum, cola, hazelnut, cacao nibs, dust and wet earth. This wine coats the palate with a nice combination of tightly-wound tannins, pervasive acidity and lengthy texture.

Wine Specs
Vintage
2005
Varietal
Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation
Howell Mountain
Bottling Date
June 2007
Alcohol %
15.0
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 that’s moderated by late afternoon breezes, this vineyard’s Cabernet expresses strong spice and blueberry characteristics with an intense purity that’s unrivalled. Cooler nights permit the berries to maintain their structure and acidity throughout the ripening process.
Production Notes
Grapes were picked in the darkness of the early morning hours, and immediately subjected to rigorous selection by our three-tiered hand-sorting process. The berries were gently delivered to tank by our unique crane system, minimizing disruption of berry integrity. Cold soaks lasted approximately five days and fermentations were managed via a combination of delestage and pumpovers. Extended maceration from three to five weeks fine-tuned our tannin profiles, and allowed us to perfect mouth feel and wine complexity. This Cabernet Sauvignon underwent eighteen months of elevage in 79% new French oak and 21% neutral French oak. Final blend is composed of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, and 2% Malbec.
Winemaker Notes
Dense and intense, this wine evokes a springtime wildflower meadow high on a jagged mountain peak. Aromas of minerals seamlessly integrate with more delicate floral aromas of violets, mulberries and plum blossoms, tied together in a coarse backbone of sarsaparilla root, cacao and vanillin. The mouth, still youthful, displays a tight core of fresh plum, cola, hazelnut, cacao nibs, dust and wet earth. This wine coats the palate with a nice combination of tightly-wound tannins, pervasive acidity and lengthy texture.
Production
366 cases