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2009 Cliff Lede Claret, Napa Valley

2009 Cliff Lede Claret, Napa Valley
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Merlot and Malbec take center stage for the first time in the 2009 Claret.  Dark purple in color, aromas of blackberry, plum, and graphite escape for the glass.  A fresh beam of minerality supports the rich mid-palate while a frame-work of silky tannins, mocha, and boysenberry linger in the finish.

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 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
The 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 build mouth feel and wine complexity. The wine was aged in French oak for seventeen months. The final blend is composed of 42% Merlot, 37% Malbec, and 21% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Winemaker Notes
Merlot and Malbec take center stage for the first time in the 2009 Claret. Dark purple in color, aromas of blackberry, plum, and graphite escape for the glass. A fresh beam of minerality supports the rich mid-palate while a frame-work of silky tannins, mocha, and boysenberry linger in the finish.
Production
1,154 Cases