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2013 Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon, Calistoga

2013 Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon, Calistoga
Wine Specs
Vintage
2013
Varietal
Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation
Calistoga
Bottling Date
July 2015
Alcohol %
14.9

The inaugural vintage from this site sets the bar high for future vintages.  Sourced from vines planted in an old riverbed on the westernmost side of the property, the 2013 Calistoga Cabernet Sauvignon is front loaded with crème de cassis, shaved black truffle, cardamom, and brambly wild raspberries.  Essence of violet, mint chocolate, and lavender intertwine and evolve with flavors of red currants, Luxardo cherries, and wintergreen.  There is something inherently classic in this site that reminds me of Napa’s great wines of the 40s, 50s, and 60s. -Christopher Tynan, Winemaker

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$90.00
 
SKU: 13CSC0
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Wine Profile
Vineyard Notes
Located at the base of Diamond Mountain in the western portion of the Calistoga appellation, our Calistoga estate vineyard has twenty acres of vineyard planted mostly to Cabernet Sauvignon. The gravelly loam soils are volcanic in origin with alluvial influence made evident by copious amounts of water-rolled gravel and large cobbles. While Calistoga can experience quite hot daytime temperatures, our estate is protected from the afternoon sun by Diamond Mountain to our west. Cool breezes from the Pacific are drawn in by the narrow gap between Napa and Sonoma Counties, further mediating the hot days. The result is powerful, rich Cabernet with balanced acidity.
Production Notes
Hand harvested in the cool early morning hours, the fruit was immediately subjected to rigorous selection by our three-tiered sorting process, including our cutting edge optical sorter, with a goal of eliminating less-than-perfect berries. The selected fruit was gently delivered to tank via gravity by our crane system, retaining perfect, whole berries. Cold soaks lasted approximately five days, and fermentations were managed by a combination of délestage and pump overs. Extended maceration, ranging from three to four weeks, fine-tuned tannin profiles, allowing us to build structure and wine complexity. The wine was aged in French oak barrels, 90% of which were new, for twenty-one months. Final blend is 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, and 5% Malbec.
Winemaker Notes
The inaugural vintage from this site sets the bar high for future vintages. Sourced from vines planted in an old riverbed on the westernmost side of the property, the 2013 Calistoga Cabernet Sauvignon is front loaded with crème de cassis, shaved black truffle, cardamom, and brambly wild raspberries. Essence of violet, mint chocolate, and lavender intertwine and evolve with flavors of red currants, Luxardo cherries, and wintergreen. There is something inherently classic in this site that reminds me of Napa’s great wines of the 40s, 50s, and 60s. -Christopher Tynan, Winemaker
Production
474 cases
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