2011 Cliff Lede Poetry Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District, 3L in Wood Box
This seamless expression of fruit, spice, and earth is highlighted by the minerality of crushed rocks, reminiscent of the volcanic rock of the Poetry Vineyard.
Stags Leap District
The Poetry Vineyard, carved into a steep west-facing hillside, reaches from the highest elevations of the Stags Leap District appellation to the valley floor. This vineyard draws its uniqueness from shallow, volcanic soils atop fractured shale. Due to the stressful nature of the site, the small vines develop slowly and yield small flavorful berries.
In the cool darkness of night, grapes were hand-picked under lights into twenty-five pound bins to minimize crushing. By early morning the grapes were subjected to rigorous selection by our three-tiered sorting process which includes our cutting edge optical sorter, and a slow, individual berry hand sort. The fruit was gently gravity-delivered to small tanks and wooden cuves by our unique crane system which kept a high percentage of whole berries intact. Cold soaks lasted from five to eight days, and fermentations were managed through a combination of pumpovers and délestage. Extended maceration of up to six weeks ensured exceptional extraction and fine-tuning of tannin profiles. Following eighteen months of élevage in new French oak, the blend was selected from our best lots of the Poetry Vineyard.
A pretty bouquet of berry compote and black fig leads to inviting notes of vanilla bean, brioche, and warm spices. Hints of rose petals and anise greet the senses as this lush, weighty wine entices the palate. This seamless expression of fruit, spice, and earth is highlighted by the minerality of crushed rocks, reminiscent of the volcanic rock of the Poetry Vineyard. It is the steep, terraced west-facing slopes of the Poetry vineyard that produce a wine of such purity and concentration that intrigues the senses now, yet has the intensity and structure to evolve in the cellar.