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2008 Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District

2008 Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District
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This is a well-balanced and elegant wine, and in typical Stags Leap District fashion, the 2008 is evolving beautifully. It is beginning to show more meaty and savory notes, while still displaying rich dark fruit and spice. Black currant and citrus blossom aromas develop into plum, espresso, and allspice. Fine-grained tannins and a full, rich mid-palate expand through the finish with semi-sweet chocolate, balanced by fresh minerality. (Tasted July 2015)

Wine Specs
Vintage
2008
Varietal
Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation
Stags Leap District
Bottling Date
July 2010
Alcohol %
15.1
Robert Parker
91
Wine Profile
Vineyard Notes
Fruit was sourced from our estate Twin Peaks Ranch, as well as the hillside terraces of our Poetry vineyard, in which yields are maintained at sparse levels, ranging from 0.8 to 3.8 tons/acre. The wine is composed of small lots from many of our best blocks, representing a diverse range of carefully selected rootstocks and clones.
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 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 delestage, pumpovers, and punchdowns. 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 60% new French oak for eighteen months. The final blend consists of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot, and 1% Malbec.
Winemaker Notes
This is a well-balanced and elegant wine, and in typical Stags Leap District fashion, the 2008 is evolving beautifully. It is beginning to show more meaty and savory notes, while still displaying rich dark fruit and spice. Black currant and citrus blossom aromas develop into plum, espresso, and allspice. Fine-grained tannins and a full, rich mid-palate expand through the finish with semi-sweet chocolate, balanced by fresh minerality. (Tasted July 2015)
Production
3,732 cases