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2006 Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain

2006 Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain
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This Howell Mountain Cabernet displays classic black pepper and cherry components, interlaced with a complexity of mineral, crushed rocks, and an enviable structure. Aromas of pancetta, cinnamon stick, and dried lavender escape from the glass. With some decanting, the profile evolves into exotic elegance, reminiscent of violets.

Wine Specs
Vintage
2006
Varietal
Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation
Howell Mountain
Bottling Date
July 2008
Alcohol %
15.1
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 vineyards Cabernet expresses strong spice and dark berry 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
Grapes were picked in the darkness of the early morning hours, and immediately subjected to rigorous selection by our three-tiered sorting and refinement process. The whole berries were gently delivered to tank by our crane system, minimizing disruption of berry integrity. Cold soaks lasted approximately five days and fermentations were managed via a combination of punchdowns and pumpovers. 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 100% new French oak for 18 months.
Winemaker Notes
This Howell Mountain Cabernet displays classic black pepper and cherry components, interlaced with a complexity of mineral, crushed rocks, and an enviable structure. Aromas of pancetta, cinnamon stick, and dried lavender escape from the glass. With some decanting, the profile evolves into exotic elegance, reminiscent of violets. Upon entry there is an early hint of dry tannin developing into a mouthful of black cherries and a hint of crushed black pepper.