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2009 Cliff Lede High Fidelity, Napa Valley

2009 Cliff Lede High Fidelity, Napa Valley
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Inspired by the right bank blends of Bordeaux, this is the first Cliff Lede Vineyard blend based on Cabernet Franc. Black plum, espresso, and tobacco leaf characters develop into dried flowers on the nose. A rich, opulent texture in the mid-palate is layered with plum and allspice. The silky tannins are braced by a beam of minerality that extends through the finish indicating the benefits of cellaring. This vintage is a blend of 36% Cabernet Franc, 28% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 9% Malbec.

Wine Specs
Vintage
2009
Varietal
Red Blend
Appellation
Napa Valley
Bottling Date
July 2011
Alcohol %
14.9
Wine Profile
Vineyard Notes
Fruit was sourced from our Twin Peaks Ranch 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 lots from a variety of blocks, representing the 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 83% new French oak for eighteen months.
Winemaker Notes
Inspired by the right bank blends of Bordeaux, this is the first Cliff Lede Vineyard blend based on Cabernet Franc. Black plum, espresso, and tobacco leaf characters develop into dried flowers on the nose. A rich, opulent texture in the mid-palate is layered with plum and allspice. The silky tannins are braced by a beam of minerality that extends through the finish indicating the benefits of cellaring. This vintage is a blend of 36% Cabernet Franc, 28% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 9% Malbec.
Production
797 cases