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2016 Cliff Lede Claret, Napa Valley

2016 Cliff Lede Claret, Napa Valley
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SKU: 16CL00

The playful and alluring 2016 Claret is laden with rich cassis, blackberry, and Luxardo cherry aromas that burst from the glass.  There is an abundance of heady black licorice flavors, and gobs of milk chocolate truffle, clove, and rose petal flavors abound. There is an easy, seamless character that pervades this wine making it all the more captivating.  The delicious tannin is so silky and plush that it begs one for another taste.  

Wine Specs
Vintage
2016
Varietal
Red Blend
Appellation
Napa Valley
Bottling Date
July 2018
Alcohol %
15.2
Wine Profile
Vineyard Notes
The Bordeaux varietal grapes in our Claret blend are sourced from our estate Twin Peaks Vineyard in the Stags Leap District and a few of our valued grower partners within Napa Valley. The wine is composed of small batches from a variety of blocks, representing a diverse range of carefully selected rootstocks and clones. Yields are maintained at sparse levels, with a focus on canopy management and vine balance. The resulting blend boasts remarkable depth and complexity.
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 gravity-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 punch downs. 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 twenty-one months.
Winemaker Notes
The playful and alluring 2016 Claret is laden with rich cassis, blackberry, and Luxardo cherry aromas that burst from the glass. There is an abundance of heady black licorice flavors, and gobs of milk chocolate truffle, clove, and rose petal flavors abound. There is an easy, seamless character that pervades this wine making it all the more captivating. The delicious tannin is so silky and plush that it begs one for another taste.
Production
1,705 cases
Other Notes
32% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Malbec, 20% Petit Verdot, 13% Merlot 5% Cabernet Franc