2012 Cliff Lede Beautiful Generation Cabernet Sauvignon, Rock Block Series, Stags Leap District, 3L
"Full-bodied and opulent, this is a terrific cuvée to drink over the next 15+ years." -Robert Parker
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Stags Leap District
eighteen months of élevage in French oak barrels, 80% of which were new.
Our estate blocks are named after classic rock tunes. The namesake for this blend is derived from the "Beautiful Day" block and the "My Generation" block of our Twin Peaks Vineyard. Surrounding the winery, the Twin Peaks Vineyard features weathered volcanic soil eroded by the alluvial influence of the Napa River. This gravelly loam creates concentrated, plush Cabernet Sauvignon with a classic minerality.
In the cool darkness of night, grapes were hand-picked 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 by our unique crane system which kept the 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.
Beautiful Generation Cabernet Sauvignon shows off what Stags Leap District has to offer. Dark and inviting, with enticing, explosive aromas of wild cherry, red currants, cassis, along with alluring hints of sandalwood and pain grille, this Cabernet is a sensual experience from start to finish. Silky yet plush tannins with crushed rock mineral notes classic of the Stags Leap District make this wine irresistible now, but patience will also be rewarded with cellar aging over the next twenty years. - Christopher Tynan, Director of Winemaking