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2008 Cliff Lede Claret, Napa Valley

2008 Cliff Lede Claret, Napa Valley
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Aromas of cherry, clay, and tangerine zest entice the nose, evolving into nutmeg, coffee, and dark maple syrup.  Balanced acidity braces the smooth, ripe tannins in the mid-palate, followed by boysenberry fruit and a lingering chocolate-based finish.

Wine Specs
Vintage
2008
Varietal
Red Blend
Appellation
Napa Valley
Bottling Date
June 2010
Alcohol %
14.4
Wine Profile
Vineyard Notes
Fruit was sourced from our Twin Peaks Ranch on the Yountville Cross Road and a few of our valued growers within the Napa Valley. Yields are maintained at sparse levels, ranging from 2 to 3.5 tons per acre. The wine is composed of small batches from a variety of 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 délestage, 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 37% new French oak for eighteen months. The final blend is composed of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Malbec .
Winemaker Notes
Aromas of cherry, clay, and tangerine zest entice the nose, evolving into nutmeg, coffee, and dark maple syrup. Balanced acidity braces the smooth, ripe tannins in the mid-palate, followed by boysenberry fruit and a lingering chocolate-based finish.
Production
629 cases